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33 DAYS TO 2022 KICKOFF: Leyton Simmering

In which BracketCat counts down the 33rd day until the 2022 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State kicker Leyton Simmering.

#96 Joe Davies
It sure is going to be weird to see a defensive lineman’s number like Joe Davies’ No. 96 on a place kicker like walk-on Leyton Simmering...
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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.

#96 Leyton Simmering

True Freshman | 6-0 | 158 lbs. | Rosemount, Minnesota

  • Position: Kicker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Leyton Simmering (b. Sept. 5, 2003) is a preferred walk-on place kicker from Rosemount High School in Minnesota who plans on majoring in aeronautical technology with the hopes of eventually becoming a pilot.

Simmering is considered the top senior kicker from Minnesota. He’ll likely redshirt in 2022.

An All-District selection who also was a member of Rosemount’s state soccer squad, Simmering lettered three years for the Irish under head coach Jeff Erdmann.

He was rated the 23rd-best kicker in the Class of 2022 by National Kicking Rankings.

An all-state performer who was true on 19 of 25 field-goal attempts and 111 of 120 extra-point attempts during his career, Simmering also averaged 66.4 yards and totaled 27 touchbacks during his senior campaign, while he averaged 39.0 yards per punt.

He lettered twice in soccer, earning all-conference honors; three years in track and field, helping the 4x200 meter relay team to set the school record; and five years in alpine skiing.

Lettering also was named the Rosemount High School Athlete of the Year. He chose to walk on at K-State over a scholarship offer from North Dakota.