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20 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Ben Driver

In which BracketCat counts down the 20th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Ben Driver.

#20 Denzel Goolsby
Team captain Denzel Goolsby (20) has graduated, leaving his jersey number available for redshirt sophomore defensive back Ben Driver to take up.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

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.

#20 Ben Driver

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-0 | 203 lbs. | Salina, Kansas
Ben Driver
Ben Driver
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Ben Kay Driver (b. Sept. 22, 2000) is a preferred walk-on defensive back and special teamer out of Salina High School Central who redshirted in 2019 and is majoring in life sciences.

In 2020, he played on special teams during K-State’s win at No. 3 Oklahoma, and also against Texas Tech and Texas, earning first-team Academic All-Big 12 postseason accolades.

A four-year letter-winner at Salina Central under head coaches Mike Hall and Mark Sandbo, Driver led the Mustangs to a 7-3 record as a senior after not playing during an 0-9 campaign as a junior due to a broken jaw.

He earned first-team all-state honors as a senior from The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association, while he was a second-team selection by USA TODAY Sports and an honorable mention pick by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Driver carded 100 tackles, six tackles for loss and six interceptions in 2018; hauled in 20 passes for 392 yards and four scores on offense; and also lettered four years in basketball.