Countdown to Kickoff: 24 days away with defensive back Trey Krause, wide receiver Xavier Gordon

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 the Kansas State football season draws closer, the Collegian looks at two potential stars of the team in defensive back Trey Krause and wide receiver Xavier Gordon.

Trey Krause is a 6 foot 1 inch, 190-pound athlete who played under head coach T.J. O’Neill at Olathe West High School. He totaled a clean 300 tackles in his career, along with seven interceptions and 10 forced fumbles. He earned first-team all-state honors as a junior from the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle.

Krause isn’t the only athlete in his family. His father, Wayne Krause, played at K-State from 1989 to 1992, and his older brother Zac is a quarterback at Northwestern.

Krause committed to K-State on Nov. 23, 2020, and signed his letter of intent on Dec. 16, 2020.

Next up is Xavier Gordon, the 6 foot 1 inch, 191-pound wide receiver from Arlington, Texas.

Gordon played quarterback under his father, Joe Gordon, at Seguin High School, throwing for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior year while rushing for 151 yards on 20 carries.

Joe Gordon played at K-State from 1993 to 1996, serving as a team captain and being named an honorable mention All-American as a junior. He played for the St. Louis Rams in 1997.

It appears Gordon is transitioning well to wide receiver, catching a touchdown pass during spring ball.

While these players might not see much playing time this season, they could play a factor in upcoming years.