Two Wildcats Sign as Rookie Free Agents

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With rookie mini camps taking place this weekend throughout the NFL, two former Kansas State players – defensive back/kick returner Morgan Burns and offensive lineman Boston Stiverson – have officially signed their rookie free agent deals with the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, respectively, the organizations announced.

The duo joins Cody Whitehair, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and Glenn Gronkowski, who signed with the Buffalo Bills, as former Wildcats to join NFL teams in the past week.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Burns was the top kickoff-return man in the country in 2015 as he earned multiple All-America accolades – including first-team honors from USA Today Sports, CBS Sports and FOX Sports – in addition to being named the 2015 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. He broke the school record for single-season kickoff-return yards (1,138), while he tied the school and Big 12 records for kickoff-return touchdowns with four, including three in the final four regular-season games.

Burns, who set a league record for being named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week the final four weeks of the season, started 12 games at cornerback, recording 38 tackles and 11 passes defended. He also intercepted a pass at Kansas, a game in which he also forced a fumble on a punt and recovered another blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.

Stiverson, a product of Andover, Kansas, was a tough, physical offensive lineman who played in 38 career games, including 28 starts. He earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors as both a junior and senior, including the 2014 season when he started all 13 games at left guard.

Other Kansas State players who have signed free agent deals will be released once announced by their respective teams.

The 2016 K-State football season opens Friday, September 2, as the Wildcats travel to Palo Alto, California, to take on Stanford in a nationally-televised matchup. Following an off week in which Bill Snyder Family Stadium will host the Wildcat Kickoff music festival featuring Zac Brown Band and Train, the Kansas State opens its home slate on September 17, against Florida Atlantic.

A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2016 season go on sale online only on June 20. All six home games are anticipated to sell out quickly and extend the Bill Snyder Family Stadium sellout streak to 33 games.

Tickets to Wildcat Kickoff are on sale for as low at $39. Visit for more details.