Whitehair Selected by Bears in NFL Draft

(VIDEO) Cody Whitehair - 2016 NFL Draft Selection 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the best offensive linemen in program history, Kansas State’s Cody Whitehair was selected with the 25th pick of the second round, No. 56 overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears on Friday evening. His selection extended K-State’s Big 12-leading streak with at least one player selected in the NFL Draft to 23 straight years.

Whitehair is the ninth player in K-State history to be selected by the Bears and the first since defensive back Joshua Moore in 2010, while he is the first offensive lineman selected by the organization since Lynn Larson in 1970. Whitehair’s selection is the 53rd under the tutelage of Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder, including the 19th to be selected in the first three rounds.

A four-time All-Big 12 performer, the versatile and dependable Whitehair started 51 of his 52 career games, including a streak of 41-straight starts to end his career. He made 12 starts at both guard and tackle during K-State’s 2012 Big 12 Championship run, while he started all 13 games at guard in 2013. In 2014, Whitehair made the transition to left tackle, a spot he occupied over the final 24 games of his career as he helped K-State accumulate a 34-18 record and four bowl appearances over his four seasons.

Whitehair, a product of Abilene, Kansas, was an honorable mention selection for the 2015 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year award, while he was a two-year watch list member for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. A first team all-conference selection as a senior, Whitehair was also a Freshman All-American in 2012.

The 2016 K-State football season opens on 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, K-State will open its home slate on September 17, against Florida Atlantic, which serves as the eighth-annual K-State Family Reunion.

The remaining five home games feature matchups against a pair of teams that earned bowl berths in 2015 in Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, while two other Big 12 rivals – Texas and Kansas – also come calling to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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 www.k-statesports.com for more details.