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55 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Cody Fletcher

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In which BracketCat counts down the 55th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Cody Fletcher.

#55 Cody Fletcher
Cody Fletcher made an unexpected impact in 2018, but his steady presence was expected in 2019 and 2020, and he will be counted on this season to provide senior leadership on defense.
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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.

#55 Cody Fletcher

Redshirt Super Senior | 6-2 | 222 lbs. | Henrietta, Texas
Cody Fletcher
Cody Fletcher
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: Tyler Junior College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Cody Wayne Fletcher (b. Aug. 26, 1997) is a tough, physical linebacker and KSU graduate who transferred in from the community college ranks and currently is pursuing his master’s degree in business administration. He will use his sixth (COVID) year of eligibility in 2021.

Fletcher played in all 12 games in 2018, primarily on special teams, and finished third on the squad with five special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage.

He set a season high with six tackles at Baylor, when he also saw action at linebacker, and also had two tackles against UTSA and Texas Tech.

Fletcher saw action in each of the final seven games of the 2019 season after recovering from an injury sustained in fall camp. He totaled 13 tackles and three pass breakups.

Fletcher had a season-high five stops at Texas — just one shy of his career high — while he notched a career-best two pass breakups at Texas Tech. Three of his 13 tackles on the season came on kickoff coverage.

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Fletcher played in all 10 games, with starts in each of the final three contests in relief of Elijah Sullivan, the first starts of his career. He came away with 44 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup on the season.

Fletcher also set a career high with seven tackles at West Virginia and then broke that mark with nine stops in his first career start at Iowa State. He tallied eight tackles and 1.5 sacks at Baylor, the first sacks of his career, and later earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

In 2017, Fletcher played one season at Tyler Junior College under head coach Danny Palmer.

He earned second-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) honors in 2017 after leading the Apaches with 104 tackles and leading the SWJCFC with 11.6 tackles per game.

Fletcher also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups at Tyler, and had double-digit tackle games in seven of the nine contests in 2017, including a 17-tackle performance at Trinity Valley.

He also recorded 15 tackles in the season opener at Kilgore College and 14 tackles at Blinn College after redshirting during the 2016 season.

Fletcher played prep football under head coach Byron West at Henrietta (Texas) High School, where he helped to lead the Bearcats to the quarterfinal round of the 2015 UIL 3A D2 state playoffs and an overall 12-2 record.

He was an honorable mention all-state honoree, while he was the District 2-3A D2 Defensive MVP after totaling 210 tackles during his senior year and later was selected to play in both the Green Belt Bowl and Oil Bowl all-star games.

Fletcher also played baseball, tennis and basketball in high school, earning academic all-state honors in the latter. Twice he was named the District 9-3A Defensive MVP as a catcher for the Henrietta baseball team. His brother, Conner, was a pitcher at Tarleton State.