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68 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Jackson Smith

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In which BracketCat counts down the 68th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Jackson Smith.

#68 Luke Hayes
Luke Hayes (68) was the last offensive lineman to wear that particular number and see significant playing time. Perhaps Jackson Smith will be the next, but I don’t really think it will be this season...
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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.

#68 Jackson Smith

Redshirt Freshman | 6-3 | 280 lbs. | St. Paul, Minnesota
Jackson Smith
Jackson Smith
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Jackson Smith (b. Sept. 5, 2001) is a walk-on offensive lineman from Saint Thomas Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, who redshirted and did not see any game action in the 2020 season.

Smith played under head coach Dan O’Brien at Saint Thomas, where he unfortunately missed his sophomore and junior seasons due to injury before picking up first-team all-state honors as a senior from the Minnesota Associated Press.

He was named to the All-Metro team by The StarTribune and KARE-TV, and also earned conference offensive lineman of the year honors for the Cadets in 2019.

An academic star, Smith graduated cum laude and he also was also part of the debate club, entrepreneurship club, and French club. He is majoring in agricultural business at K-State.