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73 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Christian Duffie

In which BracketCat counts down the 73rd day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Christian Duffie.

#73 Christian Duffie
Christian Duffie (73) started five games at left tackle (after Kaitori Leveston was injured) and three games at right tackle (after Cooper Beebe was injured; notice a trend?) in 2020. While he is unlikely to enter 2021 as a starter on paper, he’s clearly a co-starter type capable of anchoring either end of the offensive line when needed.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#73 Christian Duffie

Redshirt Junior | 6-5 | 305 lbs. | Humble, Texas
Christian Duffie
Christian Duffie
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Co-Starter (Sixth Man)
  • Status: On Scholarship

Christian Micaiah Duffie (b. March 17, 2000) enters 2021 as K-State’s most reliable offensive line reliever, even if he isn’t listed on the starting depth chart for the Stanford game.

Duffie redshirted in 2018 and saw action in three games as a reserve offensive lineman in 2019, playing against Nicholls, Bowling Green and Kansas. He is majoring in kinesiology.

This meant he entered 2020 as one of the Wildcats’ most experienced offensive tackles, sadly. He ended up playing in nine games with eight starts, the first starts of his career.

Each start came over the final eight games of the season for this versatile lineman, who started five games at left tackle in relief of the injured Kaitori Leveston and three at right tackle in the same capacity backing up Cooper Beebe.

As a result, he registered three more starts than Leveston and one more than Beebe despite looking up at both on the offensive line depth chart for the Arkansas State game. It was a crazy season, to say the least!

All three offensive tackles were an integral part of a now-experienced line that helped K-State to tie for first in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in sacks allowed (14), while the Wildcats led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in red zone offense (93.9%).

A three-year letter-winner for Summer Creek (Texas) High School under head coach Brian Ford, Duffie was viewed as the 45th-best offensive guard in the Class of 2018 by ESPN.

He was named a first-team All-District 21-6A performer as both a junior and senior, while he also was a second-team All-Greater Houston selection by The Houston Chronicle.

Duffie helped the Bulldogs to advance to the area round of Class 6A state playoffs and also wrestled, advancing to the regional round of the state meet in 2016.

He assisted with Hurricane Harvey recovery prior to his senior year and was a high school teammate of former K-State quarterback John Holcombe II.

Duffie picked K-State over offers from Georgia State, Houston, Oregon State, Sam Houston State, SMU, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane and Tulsa, as well as interest from Utah. His lead recruiter was his former position coach, Charlie Dickey.