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13 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Xavier Loyd

In which BracketCat counts down the 13th day until the 2023 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Xavier Loyd.

#13 Xavier Loyd
We’ve been hearing a lot of good things about walk-on wide receiver and NIL scholarship recipient Xavier Loyd (13) these past few seasons. Will this be the one when he finally sees the field in a meaningful capacity? Time will tell...
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Goal No. 13: EXPECT TO WIN. And truly believe we will.

#13 Xavier Loyd

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-2 | 191 lbs. | Blue Springs, Missouri
Xavier Loyd
Xavier Loyd
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On (NIL Scholarship)

Xavier Loyd (b. March 11, 2003) is a preferred walk-on wide receiver from Blue Springs High School in Missouri who is majoring in kinesiology.

Loyd redshirted and did not see any game action in 2021, but he saw some limited playing time as a reserve wide receiver against both Missouri and Texas during the 2022 season.

He prepped under head coach David White at Blue Springs, where he totaled 40 catches for 556 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team all-conference and all-district honors for the Wildcats.

(That mascot is not ironic, by the way; Blue Springs actually licenses the Powercat from K-State. So, in a way, it seems as if Loyd was always destined to come to Manhattan!)

Reports out of spring practices were very favorable to Loyd’s chances to earn playing time:

One name to watch is a player who didn’t catch a pass last season: sophomore Xavier Loyd. ”He’s taken advantage of every opportunity he’s been given, and he’s working hard every single day when he does have an opportunity,” (K-State wide receivers coach Matthew) Middleton says. ... “He has taken strides from when I was with him in the spring. Throughout summer conditioning he’s put in the work and has trusted himself. He has more confidence and it’s showing as he’s competing at a high level in camp.”

In time, Loyd eventually could fill a slot role similar to the one vacated by former walk-on wide receiver Wykeen Gill. He walked on at K-State over an offer from Alabama A&M.

Loyd also received exciting news last offseason, as he was one of three walk-on players to be awarded full-ride scholarships from the Wildcat NIL collective.