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84 DAYS TO 2022 KICKOFF: Thomas Helten

In which BracketCat counts down the 84th day until the 2022 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Thomas Helten.

#84 Zach Heiman
It’s still slim pickings for K-State players who have been photographed wearing No. 84, as Thomas Helten’s lone appearance last year was on kickoff coverage against LSU in the Texas Bowl win, but I managed to find this one of Zach Heiman (84).
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.

#84 Thomas Helten

Redshirt Senior | 6-3 | 213 lbs. | Garden Plain, Kansas
Thomas Helten
Thomas Helten
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Special Teams
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Thomas Michael Helten (b. May 29, 2000) is a preferred walk-on wide receiver from Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, the same alma mater as former KSU defensive back Denzel Goolsby. He redshirted in 2018 and is majoring in construction science and management.

Helten saw action as a Wildcat in a pair of games in 2019, playing as a reserve wide receiver against Nicholls and Bowling Green, and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Helten did not see any game action in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but he did play on kickoff coverage in K-State’s Texas Bowl win over LSU.

He prepped for the Golden Eagles under head coaches Alan Schuckman and Dusty Trail.

Helten totaled 1,044 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior en route to first team all-state honors from The Wichita Eagle, also earning all-city accolades as a junior and senior.

He also helped Bishop Carroll to earn a 13-1 record and a state championship as a senior.