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Back to K-State Football Tradition
  Rock Cartwright
Kansas State has had seven former walk-ons who have played in the NFL, including current Green Bay Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Head Coach Bill Snyder has always maintained a strong reputation for evaluating and developing talent and K-State’s rich walk-on tradition and the success of those student-athletes solidifies that claim. Over the years, K-State has seen a large number of student-athletes from the state of Kansas and from across the country head to K-State as a walk-on and later flourish in the program and on to the NFL.

One of the biggest success stories of K-State's walk-on program is Jordy Nelson, who entered the program in 2003 as a defensive back, later transitioned to a consensus All-American wide receiver, went on to become a second-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers and won a Super Bowl championship in 2010.
Most recently, Ian Campbell arrived at K-State as a walk-on and left five years later as a three-time All-Big 12 performer. Current senior captain B.J. Finney walked on in 2010 and has earned three All-Big 12 honors during his redshirt freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns. Another current senior, Randall Evans, has started 17 career games.

  • Ian Campbell, DE
    Three-Time All-Big 12 Performer
  • Rock Cartwright, RB
    Played 11 seasons in the NFL
  • Joe Bob Clements, DE
    Two-Year Starter
  • Daniel Gonzalez, WR
  • Andrew Erker, DB
  • Randall Evans, DB
    Two-Year Starter
  • B.J. Finney, OL
    Three-Time All-Big 12 Performer
    2011 Freshman All-American
  • D.J. Fulhage, P
  • Rashad Harrell, DB
  • Stephen Harrison, DB
  • Alex Hrebec, LB
    2008 Freshman All-American
  • Jon McGraw, DB
    2001 All-Big 12 Performer
    Played 10 Seasons in the NFL
  • Jarard Milo, DB 
  • Ryan Mueller, DE
    2013 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year 2013 Second Team All-American


  • Jordy Nelson, WR
    2007 Consensus First Team All-American
    Current Green Bay Packer
  • Marcus Perry, LB
    Four-time Academic All-Big 12 (2004-08)
  • William Powell, KR
    2010 All-American
  • Tim Reyer, P
    2007 All-Big 12
  • Logan Robinson, OL
    Three-time Academic All-Big 12 (2005-07)
  • Jonathan Truman, LB
  • Blake Seiler, DE
    Three-time Academic All-Big 12 (2004-06)
    Current K-State Assistant Coach
  • Jeff Snodgrass, PK
    2006 All-Big 12
  • Sean Snyder, P
    1992 Consensus All-American
    Current K-State Associate Head Coach
  • Dorrian Roberts, DB
  • Marcus Watts, DB
    Two-Time All-Big 12 (2005-06)
  • Keithen Valentine, RB
  • Jordan Voelker, RB