Countdown to Kickoff: 87 days away with tight end Nick Lenners

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)

Standing at 6 foot 5 inches and weighing 250 pounds, Lenners has proven himself an asset to the run game and blocking scheme Kansas State has put together over the past few seasons.

A three-year letter winner from Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, Lenners was rated the fourth-best player in the state of Nebraska by Rivals and ESPN and was ranked the 26th best tight end in the nation in the class of 2016.

Lenners earned First Team Super State and First Team Class A All-State honors from the Lincoln Journal-Star. He was also named to the Omaha World Herald’s Super Six Team, recognizing the top six prep players in Nebraska.

Lenners grabbed 18 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns during his senior year while also recording 40 tackles with 13 tackles for loss.

Lenners was a two-time academic All-State and three-time academic All-Conference athlete. He lettered in both track and field and basketball.

Lenners redshirted his freshman season in 2016 but played in 12 games during 2017 — mainly on special teams and as a blocking tight end and fullback. Lenners helped lead the K-State offense to third-most in school history in rushing yards per attempt (4.98) and seventh in school history in total rushing yards (2,584).

Lenners started in the 2018 season opener against South Dakota but suffered a season-ending injury, receiving a medical hardship for the year.

Lenners bounced back in 2019, playing all 13 games with four starts on the year. He received First Team All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches.

Lenners hauled in 13 catches for 163 yards and one touchdown, setting the school record for most receptions in a season for a fullback or tight end since 2014. He also received First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors for his 2019 season.

This past season, Lenners played in nine games and started against Arkansas State, Oklahoma State and Baylor. He only had three catches on the year, including an eight-yard reception against West Virginia.

Lenners currently sits with 171 total yards of offense and one touchdown while averaging 4.9 yards-per-reception.

Lenners will likely see the field as a starter if he stays healthy and free from injury. He would join the tight-end group of senior Daniel Imatorbhebhe, junior Sammy Wheeler and sophomore Konner Fox.