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61 days to K-State’s impending showdown against FCS National Champion North Dakota State University, and today our gaze turns to OL Drew Liddle. Liddle, pictured above in a game against North Texas, a redshirt junior out of Oak Grove, Missouri, and prepped at Grain Valley High School.
Liddle is on the “small” side for K-State’s offensive linemen at 6’3″ and 288, but he also plays predominantly center where a little extra quickness is required. He was a three-year letter winner in high school and was named by the Associated Press to Missouri’s All-State First Team. He also lettered all four years in track and two years in basketball.
Liddle will struggle to see extended playing time this year will potential All-American B.J. Finney in charge of snaps. However, he did play in five games last year after seeing some action against Iowa State his redshirt freshman year. And while we hope it never comes down to it, if Finney does ever have to leave the field, the team should be in capable hands with Liddle assuming the position.
We’re almost out of the 60s and running out of offensive linemen, but rest assured Wildcat fans, there’s a phalanx of other positions to preview and statistics to drill down in the coming days (did you know K-State’s opponents also kicked off 61 times compared to 96 for the Wildcats? That’s 35 more scores over the course of the season for Collin Klein and company than the opposition. Nice!). To work backwards in the countdown, visit day 62