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47 MINUS 5 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Cody Stufflebean

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In which BracketCat counts down the 47th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Cody Stufflebean.

#47 Gabe Gantz
Cody Stufflebean might have beeen the first K-State tight end to wear No. 47 since Gabe Gantz (47). Only he’s a defensive end now, so...
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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.

#47 Cody Stufflebean

Redshirt Freshman | 6-4 | 252 lbs. | McPherson, Kansas
Cody Stufflebean
Cody Stufflebean
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

Cody Curtis Stufflebean (b. June 29, 2001) is a big, physical player from McPherson High School majoring in industrial engineering who redshirted and did not see any game action in 2020. He originally was listed as a tight end before switching positions this summer.

As I predicted at this time last summer, Stufflebean has converted to defensive end due to the extreme depth at the tight end position. I project him as a scout teamer until he adapts.

Stufflebean played under head coach Jace Pavlovich at McPherson, where he was viewed as the 88th-best athlete in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports, while ESPN rated him as a defensive end, placing him No. 96 on the list.

He was named to the 2019 Wichita Eagle Top-11 Team and was a first-team all-state performer by both The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle in addition to being named the league’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Stufflebean was named to the 2019 Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) Top 11 Team and was an all-state pick by the organization.

He finished his final prep season with 44 tackles, eight sacks and a forced fumble in just 21 quarters as the Bullpups outscored opponents 439-99 in 2019; had 12 catches for 193 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end; and was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Stufflebean, who was a 4.0-GPA student in high school, also lettered in basketball, earning first team all-league honors, and track, finishing second at the state meet in javelin and sixth in shot put as a junior. He prepped at McPherson with fellow Wildcat Gabe Hoover.

Stufflebean chose K-State over offers from Air Force, Akron, Army, Colorado, Kent State, Ohio, South Dakota, Toledo, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, as well as interest from Georgia Tech and Iowa State.

His primary recruiters were offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham, defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman and recruiting coordinator Taylor Braet.