- Bednarik Award candidate - Bronko Nagurski Trophy candidate - Jim Thorpe Award candidate - Lott IMPACT Trophy candidate - Preseason All-Big 12
2012: Named a Second Team All-American by CBSSports.com and a third-team performer by the Associated Press... Earned First Team All-Big 12 honors by both the league's coaches and Associated Press in addition to ESPN.com, the San Antonio Express-News and Phil Steele... Saw a streak of 35-straight starts snapped at Baylor... Tied for third in the Big 12 and tied for 10th nationally with five interceptions... All five of his picks were in Big 12 play, which was a league best... Became first Wildcat since at least 1989 to have interceptions in four straight games as he did so against Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State and West Virginia...Was very active against the Sooners, making three stops, including one for a loss, and recovering a fumble to go along with his pick... Set a season high with 11 tackles against the Jayhawks... Made six stops at Iowa State, while his interception was at the goal line to halt a potential Cyclone scoring drive... Carded five stops at West Virginia in addition to his interception... Tallied four tackles, including one for loss, against Texas Tech... Registered four tackles and recovered a fumble against Oklahoma State... Made four stops at TCU and picked off his fifth pass of the year towards the end of the end of the first half.
2011: Started all 13 games, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league's coaches... Tied for fifth on the team with 58 tackles, including one for a loss, while he picked off two basses and broke up five others... Began the season with five tackles against Eastern Kentucky, including one for a loss of 10 yards on the first play from scrimmage... Came back with seven tackles against Kent State... Made five stops against Missouri and intercepted a pass on the first play of the game, becoming the first Wildcat to open a game with an interception since 2007... Followed that up with five tackles at Texas Tech... Made three tackles and broke up two passes against Oklahoma... Totaled six tackles and recorded his second interception at Texas... Made one tackle and broke up two passes against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
2010: A freshman All-American by Phil Steele, FWAA and Rivals.com who developed into one of Kansas State's most consistent defenders down the stretch of the season... Started 12 games and totaled 74 tackles, four for losses, three interceptions, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries... Finished the season second in the Big 12 in tackles among freshmen, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches and Phil Steele... Also received votes for Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from the Big 12 coaches and honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press... Was the first true freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors from the league's coaches... His 74 tackles were two shy of entering the top five list for a freshmen in school history... Started the final 12 games of the regular season and carded six or more tackles in eight of the last nine contests... Registered a career high 12 tackles against Oklahoma State, including two for a loss, while wrapping up eight ball carriers against both UCF and Baylor... Had seven stops vs. both Texas and North Texas, while picking off two Longhorn passes and one Mean Green pass... His two interceptions against UT tied for the most in a single game in the Big 12 in 2010... Also had six stops at Kansas, including one for a loss, and returned a fumble 24 yards... Carded another six tackles at Missouri and Colorado, while he returned a punt 41 yards against the Buffaloes, the longest by a Wildcat since 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at quarterback and defensive back for the Blue Jays under head coach and father Randall Zimmerman... Was 144-of-221 for 1,920 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior in 2008, while rushing 133 times for 1,046 yards and 18 scores... Led the Blue Jays to a 13-0 record and the 2008 Kansas 6A State Championship... Scored all three of the Blue Jays' touchdowns in the state championship... Named to the Wichita Eagle Kansas Top 11 team... Named first team all-state in 2007 and 2008, as well as a honorable mention in 2006... Also lettered two years in basketball and baseball.
PERSONAL:Son ofRandall and Stefanie Zimmerman... Father, Randall, is the head football coach at Junction City High School... Majoring in social sciences.