Entering the 30-day mark to the start of Kansas State’s football season, the Collegian looks at the two players wearing No. 30 — running back Clyde Price and defensive back Matthew Maschmeier.
Clyde Price is a 6 foot, 214-pound sophomore out of Kansas City, Missouri.
Price played football at North Kansas City High School under head coach Leon Douglas. Out of high school, Price was ranked as the 35th best athlete in Missouri and the 129th best running back in his recruiting class by 247Sports.
For the Hornets, Price rushed for 3,022 yards and 41 touchdowns during his high school career, with 1,295 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.
He helped the Hornets go 10-2 to reach the district championship game in 2018, earning first-team all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association during his junior and senior seasons.
Price was named a finalist for the 2018 Simone Award as one of the top prep players in the Kansas City area.
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Price made his commitment to K-State official on Twitter after receiving offers from schools like Kansas, Iowa State, Iowa and others.
— 10 (@clydepriceIII) January 28, 2019
Price redshirted his freshman season in 2019 but has still made an impact on the program, receiving two different weekly awards from the football program — the Student-Athlete of the Week award and the “Committed” Core Values of the Week award.
Student-Athlete of the Week ⤵️
Clyde Price (@clydepriceIII)#KStateFB pic.twitter.com/8HlHuEMU0U
— K-State Football (@KStateFB) April 27, 2021
Core Values Awards of the Week
Committed ➡️ Clyde Price (@clydepriceIII)
Disciplined ➡️ Beau Palmer (@beaupalmer11)
Selfless ➡️ Noah Johnson
Tough ➡️ Seth Porter (@sethporter_)#KStateFB pic.twitter.com/1YpOqKmlag
— K-State Football (@KStateFB) June 16, 2021
Price first saw time on the field in 2020 on the special teams unit against Texas.
K-State is currently loaded at the running back position with players like Deuce Vaughn, Jacardia Wright and Joe Ervin. It might take some time before Price sees significant action on the field.
The next player on the countdown is the 6 foot, 196-pound redshirt freshman from Lisle, Illinois, Matthew Maschmeier.
A three-year letter winner at Naperville North High School, Maschmeier earned all-state honors as a defensive back and a wide receiver during his senior year. He also earned co-conference player of the year honors and all-area honors.
Maschmeier tallied 697 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, 141 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return touchdown during his senior year.
He was also a three-year letter winner in lacrosse, earning academic all-conference honors.
Maschmeier received offers from Bucknell, Eastern Illinois and North Dakota before ultimately walking on at K-State.
He made his decision official through Twitter on Feb. 5, 2020.
C O M M I T T E D @KStateFB @CoachKli pic.twitter.com/8r3YA5aTxZ
— Matthew Maschmeier (@MattMasch30) February 6, 2020
Like Pryce, Maschmeier’s work has not gone unnoticed, earning Student-Athlete of the Week honors back in May of this year.
Student-Athlete of the Week ⤵️
Matthew Maschmeier (@MattMasch14)#KStateFB pic.twitter.com/IHPxNvCeu8
— K-State Football (@KStateFB) May 3, 2021
Maschmeier did not see playing time in 2020, and with recent additions to the secondary in Reggie Stubblefield, Cincere Mason and other defensive back transfers ahead of him on the depth chart, it might take some time before he sees the field.