Countdown to Kickoff: 32 days away with kicker Chris Tennant, defensive back Desmond Purnell

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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)

Chris Tennant is a true freshman walk-on kicker from Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas.

As a prospect, Tennant was ranked the No. 12 punter and No. 50 kicker in the class of 2021 by Kohl’s Kicking. Kohl’s kicking also ranked him as the best kicker and punter in Kansas.

He was named to the first-team all-state team by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a junior and senior and the Wichita Eagle as a senior. In his junior season, the Wichita Eagle named him to the honorable mention all-state team.

In his three-year high school career, Tennant went 26-of-36 on his field-goal attempts, including 14-of-17 his junior season. His career-long is a 48-yard field goal. He also made 109-of-112 extra-point attempts in his career.

Tennant averaged 34.8 yards per punt with 58 career punts, including a career-long 54-yarder as a junior. As for his kickoffs, 112-of-167 ended up touchbacks.

He was part of two Mill Valley state championship teams in his final two seasons and was a high school teammate with current walk-on offensive lineman Sam Hecht.

Tennant made his commitment to Kansas State official through Twitter on Aug. 6, 2020.

Desmond Purnell is a true freshman defensive back from Hayden High School in Topeka, Kansas.

As a prospect, he was viewed as a three-star athlete and rated as the ninth-best prospect in Kansas by 247Sports.

Purnell was a finalist for the 2020 Kansas 3A Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year by Sports in Kansas. Sports in Kansas also named him to its first-team all-state team.

He was named to the first-team all-state team by the Wichita Eagle as a junior and senior and the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior. He received honorable mention all-state accolades from the Topeka Capital-Journal as a junior.

He finished his senior season with 811 rushing yards, 469 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns for the Hayden Wildcats, along with 80 tackles. His performance as a senior earned him city offensive player of the year in 2020.

Purnell made his commitment to K-State official through his Twitter on Nov. 24, 2020.

Purnell also played in the 2021 Kansas Shrine Bowl, representing the East team.

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