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14 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Jet Dineen

In which BracketCat counts down the 14th day until the 2023 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State safety Jet Dineen.

#29 Jax Dineen
Although fullback Jax Dineen (29) has hung up his cleats, his younger brother Jet Dineen still plays safety for K-State and will provide depth in 2023.
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Goal No. 14: CONSISTENCY. Your very, very best every time.

#14 Jet Dineen

Redshirt Freshman | 5-10 | 200 lbs. | Lawrence, Kansas
Jet Dineen
Jet Dineen
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Safety
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Jet Dineen (b. Jan. 23, 2004) is a preferred walk-on defensive back and a University of Kansas legacy from Free State High School in Lawrence who redshirted in 2022.

Dineen played for head coach Kevin Stewart at Free State, where he was a first-team all-state honoree as a senior and Kansas Shrine Bowl participant in addition to being named to the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) Top 11.

He was named Sports in Kansas’ 6A Defensive Player of the Year and was among the final four candidates for the Simone Award as the top prep player in the Kansas City metro area.

Dineen recorded 77 tackles, three tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two pass breakups and two interceptions for the Firebirds as a senior.

He also was stellar as a quarterback, throwing for 1,558 yards and 17 touchdowns on 104-of-197 aim with only three interceptions while also rushing for 1,516 yards and 18 touchdowns on 178 carries.

He set the FSHS record for most total yards in a season and also competed in basketball.

Named the 2022 National Football Foundation Coach Bill Snyder Family/Sunflower Chapter Scholar-Athlete Scholarship winner, Dineen also was successful in the classroom as a prep.

Dineen chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Pittsburg State, Northwest Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State and Washburn, as well as preferred walk-on offers from Kansas, Nebraska, SMU and TCU. He comes from a long family line of Jayhawks:

  • His mother, Jodi Oelschlager, was a volleyball letter-winner at Kansas from 1986 to 1989.
  • His oldest brother, Joe Dineen Jr., was a linebacker for the Jayhawks from 2014 to 2018 and currently is outside linebackers coach at Purdue (previously coached at Illinois and SMU).
  • Another brother, Jay Dineen, was a linebacker for Kansas from 2017 to 2022.
  • Their grandfather, Ron Oelschlager, played running back at KU from 1962 to 1964.
  • Their great-grandfather played basketball at Kansas for the legendary Phog Allen.
  • Breaking the mold, older brother Jax Dineen was a fullback for the Wildcats from 2019-2022.

All this makes Jax’s and Jet’s decisions to attend K-State, not KU, all the more entertaining!