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We are now a mere 20 days away from kick-off against North Dakota State, with our countdown 80 percent complete. As we hit the number 20 we have another double feature with two players assigned the same jersey number on the spring roster – running back DeMarcus Robinson and defensive back Dylan Schellenberg
For those that have followed K-State’s roster closely over the past couple years, you know that Robinson has been a big of an enigma. The redshirt junior did not see any action his first year of eligibility and had limited playing time in 2012 (six carries in three games). However, he was a four-star recruit coming out of Wichita’s Northwest High School and ranked the 18th-best running back in the nation. Robinson has a son I believe living in Wichita that has demanded attention away from football (can’t blame him for spending time with his kid), but the situation may be detracting him from focusing on his position.
This is a player blessed with the talent to steal several carries from John Hubert, it just remains to be seen what the offensive coordinators decide. To read more about how he fits in with the running back situation, here is the article I did last month on how the run game will exceed expectations this year.
Schellenberg is entering his first year of expected contribution with K-State after transferring from Butler Community College and redshirting in 2012. At 6’0″ and 190 pounds he projects at safety because he hits will be lacks the quickness necessary for cornerbacks. His playing time was limited as a freshman at Butler, registering just two tackles. However, he was a Second Team All-Jayhawk Conference selection his sophomore season when he made 59 tackles – three for loss – along with three interceptions and forced three fumbles.
Schellenberg was a standout at Maize High School, lettering three years while totaling 147 tackles, six interceptions, and five passes broken up. He will likely struggle to see much playing time on defense this year but has demonstrated a nose for the football and could be a solid special teams contributor.
To work backwards in the countdown, visit 21 days, where we preview linebacker Jonathan Truman.