With 36 days to until kick-off against North Dakota State, jersey number 36 provides a double-header of sorts. With two players listed at #36 on the most recent (Spring) roster, today we’ll be examining two fresh faces on campus this year in Kade True of Salina and Dayton Valentine from Baldwin City.
Kade True played at Salina Central where he recorded 60 solo tackles, 96 total tackles (13.7 per game), two sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pass deflection. He has good size for the linebacker position at 6’3″ and 230 pounds. He’s a solid overall athlete, and finished second in the 5A wrestling meet. However, it’s unknown whether he’ll have a spot on the team. He appears to be walking on to the team and was listed as the 49th best player in the state this year. It’s a long journey from walking on to securing a spot on the team and he doesn’t appear to have preferred walk-on status. The Mustangs have produced some seriously quality players over the past few years (Terrance Newman and Jake Sharp immediately come to mind), and he’s a player to monitor with the potential to be a contributor on the team.