Happy Independence Day EMAW fanatics! July Fourth marks 57 days to kick-off against North Dakota State, and today’s spotlight swings over to LB Colborn Couchman (his parents were bigger fans of alliteration than mine). Couchman, a resdshirt freshman, was born in Garden City and prepped at Scott Community High School before coming to Manhattan.
Couchman was a two-year letterman at Scott Community where his team accumulated a 21-2 record over that time. A defensive end at the smaller school, he had 87 tackles with 24 for a loss while being named First Team All-State at the defensive end position by the Kansas Football Coach Association, Wichita Eagle, and Topeka-Capital Journal. He also led his team with 52 solo stops and rushed for 243 yards with a 5.8 yard average.
Couchman stands at 6’3″ and approximately 200 pounds, so the defensive end position wasn’t an option at the next level. He received numerous offers to play around the state and considered the DII or JUCO level as a linebacker allowing him to transfer at the end of his two years, but eventually chose to walk on at K-State. With his first year of eligibility in 2013, Couchman’s best chance of seeing the playing field will probably be as a special teams contributor. K-State has a bevy of talent at the linebacker position this year, but with several of last year’s special teams players graduating, there could be an open spot for him during punts and kick-offs this season.
To work backwards in the countdown, visit day 58, where we examine the current recruiting class of 2014.