Countdown to Kickoff: 85 days away with wide receiver Riley Petz

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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)

Coming out of Cheney, Kansas, Riley Petz did some of everything for the Cheney High School Cardinals. The 6-foot tall, 173 pound Petz was called a “swiss-army knife” by Sports in Kansas when he was recognized as Kansas 3A classification co-offensive player of the year in 2019.

Petz caught 39 passes for 989 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with two scoring passes in his senior season. Petz also received first-team honors on defense from the Wichita Eagle.

Football was not Petz’s only strong suit, with him taking home gold in the 2019 3A classification state track 300-meter hurdles and bronze in the 110-meter hurdles during his junior season. Petz did not have a senior track season because of COVID-19.

In the 2020 Kansas Shrine Bowl — the Kansas version of an all-class all-star game — Petz was the leading receiver for the West team with three catches for 35 yards, including a 17-yard haul.

With no official offers for Petz, he accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Kansas State, announcing his decision on Twitter on Feb. 11, 2020.

Petz did not receive any playing time for K-State during the 2020-21 season, granting him a redshirt.

Petz is majoring in agribusiness, and his role at K-State will probably come in the form of a slot receiver once he gets further in the program.

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