Countdown to kickoff: 47 days away with defensive end Cody Stufflebean

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)

As a prospect out of McPherson, Kansas, redshirt freshman defensive end Cody Stufflebean had a three-star rating and was the No. 11 best athlete in Kansas. He was also rated the No. 85 athlete in the class of 2020 by 247Sports and the No. 96 defensive end by ESPN.

Stufflebean was named to the 2019 Wichita Eagle Top-11 team and first-team all-state by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. He was also named league defensive MVP.

In 2019, he was named to the Kansas Football Coaches Association Top-11 and all-state teams.

His high school career ended with 44 tackles, eight sacks and a forced fumble in only 21 quarters of action, with the Bullpups outscoring its opponents 439-99 in 2019. As a tight end, he tallied 12 catches for 193 yards and six touchdowns.

He was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl following his senior season.

Stufflebean was a multi-sport letter winner for the Bullpups, lettering in basketball and track in addition to track and field.

He chose to play for K-State over Air Force, Akron, Army, Colorado, Kent State, Ohio, South Dakota, Toledo, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Stufflebean moved from tight end to defensive end after spring football season.

Stufflebean did not see playing time for the Wildcats this past season and will likely have to wait before seeing significant playing time this season. His first opportunity is Sep. 4. in Arlington, Texas.