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The 1999 K-State Football Walk-ons

PKKyle AltvaterCoffeyville CC (Lyons HS)Lyons, KS.5-9170Fr.
SSThane BernbeckButler County CC (Lakin High)Lakin, KS.5-11185Jr.
QB Zac BurtonBethany College (Clay Center HS)Clay Center, KS.6-5215Jr.
TEJoel CondrayTabor College (Minneapolis HS)Minneapolis, KS.6-5240So.
WRTyler DarnallCoffeyville CC (Hayden HS)Topeka, KS.5-11165Fr.
LSNeil GoschCoffeyville CC (KSU/Mulvane HS)Mulvane, KS.6-2215So.
PKKirk JohnsonTexas Christian (Blue Valley HS)Stilwell, KS.5-8175So.
LBJason PeterBarton County CC (Blue Valley HS)Randolph, KS.6-0200Jr.
TENick RohrCloud County CC (Hanover HS)Hanover, KS.6-3210Fr.
FBChad UlepichFort Scott CC (Frontenac HS)Frontenac, KS.6-1225Jr.
WRScott VoosManhattan High SchoolManhattan, KS.5-11175So.

DEJames GoinsBonner Springs HSBonner Spring, KS.6-2205Fr.
LB Jason HerynkDodge City High SchoolDodge City, KS.6-3206Fr.
DBTravis HorchemNess City High SchoolNess City, KS. 5-10185Fr.
OLCole HowardGarden Plain High SchoolGarden Plain, KS.6-3245Fr.
LBRoderick HutchinsCarter High SchoolDallas, TX.5-9235Fr.
WRLeigh JacksonPearland High SchoolPearland, TX.5-9170Fr.
FBLance KramerSeaman High SchoolTopeka, KS.6-1211Fr.
LSDave NobleEmporia High SchoolEmporia, KS.6-2238Fr.
DBChad OhnmachtGreat Bend High SchoolGreat Bend, KS.5-10180Fr.
OLJim RadovichRockhurst High SchoolKansas City, MO.6-4316Fr.
OLDave RohrbaughGarden City CC (Cimarron HS)Cimarron, KS.6-2305Jr.
QBJeff SchwinnMc Louth High SchoolMc Louth, KS.6-2188Fr.
WRRiley ScottLawrence High SchoolLawrence, KS.6-0180Fr.
WRBrandon SoltNebraska (Wamego HS)Wamego, KS.6-3170Fr.
PKR.D. SturgisHoldon High SchoolHoldon, MO.6-0200Fr.
DBNate VinyardManhattan High SchoolManhattan, KS.5-11157Fr.
PWade WaltmanLee High SchoolBaytown, TX.6-0200Fr.
DBMatt WilsonButler County CC (Oakley HS)Oakley, KS.6-3170Fr.

Profiles on just a few of the players...

PK Kyle Altvater - A standout place kicker at Lyons High School, Kyle was twice named an all-state 3A selection during his prep career. Chosen to compete in the 1997 Kansas Shrine Bowl for the West squad, Altvater hit a 22 yard field goal in that game, and with the exception of a touchdown and two point conversion was the only scoring for the West team. He was teammates in the Shrine Bowl with future Wildcat teammates Terence Newman, Chris Bailes, Cory Hoffman, Brian Lamone, and Landon Maxwell.

SS Thane Bernbeck - Bernback was the second leading tackler for the NJCAA National Champion Butler CC Grizzlies this past year (behind fellow walk-on Jason Peter). Of his 85 total tackles, 20 were for a loss. He also had 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups and a safety in 98. Bernback does have a redshirt year available.

QB Zac Burton - A two year starter at Bethany College, Burton joins the Wildcats this spring. Originally a walk-on his freshman year at K-State in 1996 and redshirted, but later transferred to Bethany loooking for playing time. In two years there the standout from Clay Center High School passed for over 2-thousand yards and 11 TD's while completing just less than 50% of his passes for the Swedes.

TE Joel Condray - Another one of those great all around athletes from Minneapolis HS, where he particpated in numerous sports. Both his parents are Wildcats, and his father participated in rowing at K-State. He saw some action late in the spring game.

WR Tyler Darnall - After a semester at Coffeyville Community College, Darnall is moving a little closer to home and will participate in spring drills for the Cats. A former Topeka Hayden Wildcat, Darnall was an All-City Selection by the Topeka Capital-Journal and All 4-A pick his senior year after leading the city league with 22 receptions for 609 yards while tallying 11 TD's on offense. Those numbers may not reflect his true capabilities though, as Hayden often kept the ball on the ground and in the hands of Missouri recruit Dan Davis. Darnall was the leading receiver in the 1997 Kansas Shrine game...with 2 catches for 73 yards for the West team.

LS Neil Gosch - Gosch enters the fall as the #1 long snapper on the depth chart after a good spring, and appears to be the replacement for long time lon snapper Brandon Knowles.

LB Jason Herynk - Signed a letter of intent the on February 3rd along with teammate John Gardner, and reported the camp this fall. May also find himself on the field as a Long Snapper. A standout at Dodge City High, Henryk is also is very good track athlete, excelling in the Discus and Javelin.

DB Travis Horchem - Horchem was a valedictorian at Ness City High, he plans to major in engineering at K-State. Horchem's father Todd played for Pittsburg State in the late '70's and his uncle Brad is a former Wildcat player.

OL Cole Howard - Cole signed with Garden City Community College in February, but instead decided to walk-on at K-State.

LB Roderick Hutchins - The only thing Randall does not have is the size. While listed for most of his high school career at just a bit over 6-foot, the tale of the tape does not agree. Despite that Roderick was a stand out for one of the best programs in Texas at producing division 1 talent. His junior season he had 92 tackles and an interception while playing at DE for the Dallas Carter Cowboys. Before his senior season Hutchins was named one of the top 20 defensive linemen in the state by Texas Football Magazine. Recruiting guru Max Emfinger lists Hutchins as the 28th best inside LB in the Big 12 region, near fellow signee Terry Pierce. Hutchins transferred to North Texas following the '99 season.

RB/LB Lance Kramer - Was a member of the Topeka Capital Journal's All-City team in 1998 for Seaman High. He started his senior year for the Trojans at RB only to move to QB mid way through the season, but still put up good numbers rushing for over 850 yards (averaging 5.4 yards per carry) during the year (he also missed 2 games due to injury) and had four consecutive 100+ yard games to close out the season. He was picked as an all-state player in class 5A following his senior season. Originally thought to have signed with Emporia State for this fall, he'll instead walk-on at K-State. First Down Recruiting lists him as one of the top 20 prospects in the state.

DB/RB Chad Ohnmacht - Chad is a stand out RB who has ran for more than a thousand yards the past two years at Great Bend High and was last year was named and All-State performer. The Topeka Capital Journal gave him an Honorable Mention on their Class 4A All-State team. While a RB in high school, Chad will switch to defensive back when he arrives in the fall. He was also a top 5 ranked wrestler in the 160 lb. class for Great Bend his senior year.

LB Jason Peter - Jason enrolled in K-State this spring and will reshirt his this year (his junior year) following two standout seasons at Butler County Community College. Originally from Randolph, Kansas, Peter decided against walking on to the Wildcats program following his senior year in high school and instead enrolled at Butler County, where in his Sophomore season he led the team with over 110 tackles as the Grizzlies posted a 14-0 record and won the JUCO National Championship. He played both the outside and interior LB sopts for BCCC. Peter was an all-state pick at the 8-man level his senior year at Randolph-Blue Valley.

OL Jim Radovich - Radovich was a first team All-State selection in Missouri for Rockhurst High in Kansas City after being an all-metro picks his junior season. Injuries were one of the few things which kept Radovich from being highly recruited, he has had 2 shoulder surgeries in the past 3 years. MO-KAN football ranked him the #3 OL recruit in the two state area, just behind K-State signee John Gardner and Missouri recruit Rob Droege.

TE Nick Rohr - An excellent all around athlete, Nick played basketball for Cloud County CC last year after leading his high school team to the 1A state title in his senior year. He was also one of the top Javelin throwers not only in Kansas, but the US his senior season at Hanover High School. A throw of 208 feet 9 inches ranks him in the top 20 for all US high school students in 1998. He'll have 4 years to play 4 this fall after working out with the team this spring.

QB Jeff Schwinn- An All-State Class 3A selection following his senior season, Schwinn was also a 2 time all-league selection for the McLouth Bulldogs. In his junior season Schwinn had 71 completions for nearly 14-hundred yards and 8 TD's. Schwinn was selected as an All-Region 2nd team QB and 3rd team guard in basketball for the Lawrence Journal-World.

WR Brandon Solt - Following a couple of years in the Cornhuskers program, Sotl, a former Prep-Star All Big 12 Region QB Quarterback at Wamego High is transfering back closer to home Solt has made the switch to WR to play in college. The 1997 Flint Hills Player of the Year, Brandon was also an all-state 4A pick at defensive back. He more than likely play WR for the Wildcats.

FB Chad Ulepich - Chad, a former all-state selection in class 2A, enters this fall as a junior in elligibility with 3 years to play 2. He is currently enrolled and will take part in spring practices. Last year at Fort Scott Ulepich played both Fullback and Tight End.

WR Scott Voos - Scott is a homegrown product from MHS where he was an 2nd team all-state selection his Senior year. He also is an excellent baseball player, he was a .430 his senior year and eventually played for the Wildcats before deciding on football. Coming out of Manhattan High he was recruited heavily by KU in football, but the fact he bleeds Purple kept him away from he'll walk-on as a sophomore in elligibility.

P Wade Waltman - Was both the place kicker and punter for Baytown Lee, averaging over 38 yards per punt for the Ganders. Was a perfect 39-for-39 in PAT's his junior season with 3 field goals his junior season. Also a pitcher for the Ganders baseball team.

Last Updated: 9/18/99

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