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12 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Nickendre Stiger

In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2023 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State safety Nickendre Stiger.

#21 Drake Cheatum
The graduation of Drake Cheatum (21) has left a void among the safety positions, which perhaps fellow transfer Nickendre Stiger can help to fill.

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.

Goal No. 12: NO SELF-LIMITATIONS. Expect more of yourself.

#12 Nickendre Stiger

Redshirt Junior | 5-10 | 181 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
Nickendre Stiger
Nickendre Stiger
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Safety
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Nickendre Stiger (b. Nov. 14, 2001) is a JUCO transfer defensive back who is majoring in communication studies. Because he played in 2020, he has three more years to play three.

Stiger played in three games during the 2022 Big 12 Championship season as he retained his redshirt, recording single tackles against South Dakota, Missouri and West Virginia.

He prepped under head coach Ene Akpan at Wichita High School East, where he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and defensive Most Valuable Player, in addition to being named to the all-conference team, and also competed in baseball.

At Butler Community College, Stiger played two seasons under head coach Tim Schaffner.

He posted 84 career tackles to go along with four interceptions, 13 total passes defended, four tackles for loss and a sack.

Stiger earned second team all-conference honors as a sophomore after recording 49 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (TFLs), a sack, an interception and six passes defended.

He had a career-high eight tackles at Dodge City, which included his first career sack.

Stiger tallied an interception and fumble recovery the week prior at Hutchinson, and he was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a freshman in the spring of 2021, a year in which he registered 35 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended and 1.5 TFLs.

He returned his first career interception 34 yards for a touchdown at Coffeyville, a game that also featured a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss.

Stiger had two picks the next week against Highland and he was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

He played at Butler with current K-State defenders George Traglia and Zach Wittenberg.

Prior to transferring to K-State, Stiger enrolled at Butler over offers from Alabama A&M, Incarnate Word, Middle Tennessee State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Troy.