Countdown to Kickoff: 95 days away with defensive tackle Elliott Strahm

Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

A two-time football state champion at Sabetha High School, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Elliott Strahm joined the Kansas State football program with 152 career tackles and 13 career sacks.

The Sabetha, Kansas, native was also named the 3A classification defensive player of the year in 2017 and 2018 — Sabetha’s title-winning seasons — by Sports in Kansas.

During those seasons, Strahm received first-team all-state honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. He was also named a Top 11 player on both sides of the football, where he led the blocking attack for Sabetha to 300+ rushing yard averages in 2017 and 2018.

The 2018 state championship game was an instant classic as Strahm helped lead Sabetha to a 43-42 overtime win over Pratt High School’s Travis Theis, who signed with South Dakota.

Strahm excelled in more than just football. He was a three-time state qualifier in the shot put and a three-time state qualifier in wrestling. While he was a state champion wrestler in 2018, Strahm lost in the semi-final round of state in 2019 to current teammate Hadley Panzer.

Strahm signed as a preferred walk-on for K-State while also receiving preferred walk-on offers from Iowa State, Kansas and a handful of scholarships from MIAA schools. Strahm decided on K-State one day after visiting in 2019.

Despite only seeing action during K-State’s blowout 55-14 win over KU this past season, Strahm has made quite an impact on the team, racking up multiple scout team player of the week honors.

Working hard in practice has shown to give players a shot at more playing time, so Strahm may find himself in a position to see more of the field this season.