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Sexton is an amazing athlete playing wide receiver that came to K-State as a walk-on from a medium-sized high school in the Junction City area. Can you think of anyone else he reminds you of?
We’re now just 23 days away from kick-off against North Dakota State, folks, and with the number 23 brings another double-header. Both cornerback Cre Moore and receiver Collin Sexton were listed as #23 on the spring roster with Sexton returning for his redshirt freshman season and Moore considering a redshirt his first year on campus. I’ve previously been handling shared numbers with an article on the two athletes, but I’m too excited about both players to list them side-by-side. As opponents, they would provide a phenomenal match-up, and we released our look at Moore this morning and now give you a preview of what Sexton will bring to the field. So let’s get started, shall we?
First off, I may have engaged in a little hyperbole up top – Jordy Nelson owns another gear few are able to achieve, and I’m not sure Sexton has the same speed. However, Sexton brings a skill set that has him projected to contribute in just his first year of eligibility. A three-year letterman at Abilene, he earned All-State honors as a both an offensive and defensive player as a junior and a senior. His senior year ended with 51 receptions for 924 yards and ten touchdowns – totals that allowed him to finish as Abilene’s single season and career leader in receptions, receiving yardage, and touchdown receptions. He also had 129 tackles and eight interceptions at free safety his senior year.
Sexton also has a bit of a pedigree, as Wildcat fans may recognize the name thanks to older brother Curry Sexton. Curry is a junior and also plays receiver for the Wildcats, and it remains to be seen which brother has more promise. Both fill the slot receiver position, and Curry caught seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown behind Tramaine Thompson last year while contributing heavily on special teams.
With scholarship opportunities at Wyoming, Colorado State, and Air Force, Collin still opted to walk-on at K-State and compete for a scholarship – a decision which has paid off. With Tyler Lockett, Tramaine Thompson, his older brother, and tight end Andre McDonald expected to see a lot of looks this year, it’s hard to imagine him picking up a lot of receptions this year. However, he has the skills to cover punts as well as anyone on the field and can provide depth in the secondary in a pinch as a freshman. This is a solid player that I’m looking forward to watching over the next four years.