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27 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Cameron Key

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In which BracketCat counts down the 27th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Cameron Key.

#27 Cameron Key
Junior walk-on Cameron Key (27) played in four games in 2020 as both a reserve defensive back and on special teams, including against Kansas.
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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.

#27 Cameron Key

Redshirt Junior | 5-10 | 181 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
Cameron Key
Cameron Key
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Cameron Carlton Key (b. Dec. 7, 1999) is a preferred walk-on defensive back from Bishop Miege High School in Overland Park who is majoring in biochemistry.

He redshirted in 2018 and earned the program’s Overachiever Award as the top freshman in strength and conditioning, but did not see any game action in 2019.

Key played in four games in 2020 as both a reserve defensive back and on special teams.

He totaled three tackles, including a pair against Kansas, and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors following the pandemic-shortened season.

A three-year letter-winner at Bishop Miege under head coach Jon Holmes, Key was named a 2017 first-team all-state performer by the Kansas Football Coaches Association, The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, which also named him honorable mention in 2016.

He combined for 197 tackles, six interceptions and 40 pass breakups during his high school career, including 57 stops and 11 pass breakups as a senior.

Key also returned punts in 2017, totaling 296 yards and two touchdowns, and prepped with current Wildcats Taylor Poitier and Landry Weber.