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96 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Leyton Simmering

In which BracketCat counts down the 96th day until the 2023 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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#96 Leyton Simmering

Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 166 lbs. | Rosemount, Minnesota
Leyton Simmering
Leyton Simmering
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Kicker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

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

Considered the top senior kicker from Minnesota, Simmering redshirted in 2022 and enters 2023 as Chris Tennant’s primary challenger for kicking duties if Tennant struggles again.

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 after decommitting from North Dakota in late 2021.