K-Staters draw attention in the NFL draftK-State Athletics
|Cody Whitehair '14 was
selected by the Chicago Bears in the 2016 NFL Draft. (Photo: K-State
One of the
best offensive linemen in program history, Kansas State University’s Cody
Whitehair ’14 was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2016
NFL Draft, the No. 56 pick overall. His selection extended K-State’s Big
12-leading streak with at least one player selected in the NFL Draft to 23
Whitehair is the ninth player in K-State history to be
selected by the Bears and the first since defensive back Joshua Moore ’08 in
2010, while he is the first offensive lineman selected by the organization since
Lynn Larson ’70 in 1970. Whitehair’s selection is the 53rd under the tutelage of
Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder, including the 19th to be selected in the
first three rounds.
Whitehair, a native of Abilene, Kansas, was an
honorable mention selection for the 2015 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year
award and was a two-year watch list member for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi
Award. A first team all-conference selection as a senior, Whitehair also was a
Freshman All-American in 2012.
He isn’t the only former Wildcat to draw
NFL attention — four former K-State football players signed free agent contracts
at the conclusion of the 2016 draft.
Fullback Glenn Gronkowski ’15 signed
with the Buffalo Bills, defensive back/kick returner Morgan Burns ’15 signed
with the Tennessee Titans while offensive guards Boston Stiverson ’14 and Luke
Hayes signed with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, respectively.
The 2016 K-State football season opens Sept. 2 as the Wildcats travel to Palo
Alto, California, to take on Stanford in a nationally televised matchup.
Following an off week in which Bill Snyder Family Stadium will host the Wildcat Kickoff
music festival featuring the Zac Brown Band
and Train, K-State will open its home slate Sept. 17 against Florida Atlantic,
which serves as the eighth-annual K-State Family Reunion.
number of single-game tickets for the 2016 season go on sale online only June
20. All six home games are anticipated to sell out quickly and extend the Bill
Snyder Family Stadium sellout streak to 33 games. Visit http://www.k-statesports.com/
for more details.
wait for fall football season? K-State fans are invited to a special one-time
open house for the new state-of-the-art Vanier Family Football Complex from 2-4
p.m. May 8. The tour will begin in the front lobby of the complex, with parking
at the facility in addition to the west stadium lot. Fans are encouraged to come
anytime during the two-hour window as the open house is currently the only
public open date scheduled. For more information, fans can contact the Ahearn
Fund Hospitality Office at email@example.com