Countdown to Kickoff: 5 days away with Jaren Lewis, Ryan Henington

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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)

There are just five days left until Kansas State football kicks off the season against Stanford at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With the countdown wrapping up, the Collegian looks at the two players wearing No. 5 on the team, Jaren Lewis and Ryan Henington.

Jaren Lewis is a 6 foot 1 inch, 205-pound sophomore quarterback out of Columbia, Missouri. He did not see any game action in 2020 and redshirted in 2019.

Lewis played at Battle High School and earned second-team all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association his senior year. He threw for 2,895 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns during the season.

He earned all-district honors as a junior and senior, throwing for 1,962 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior year. Apart from football, Lewis also played baseball in high school and earned academic all-state honors.

Lewis chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Indiana State, Northern Iowa and Tennessee-Martin. He was a North Dakota State commit before accepting a scholarship from the Wildcats.

Ryan Henington is a 6 foot 1 inch, 218-pound senior linebacker out of Junction City.

Henington played in eight games at safety in 2020 before transitioning to linebacker. The safety-turned-linebacker tallied eight tackles a year ago, including five in the opening game against Arkansas State.

The 2020 season was the third straight season that Henington was named to the First Team Academic-All Big 12, earning the same honor in 2019 and 2020.

In the 2019 and 2018 seasons, Henington primarily played on special teams. He played in seven games in 2019 and three games in 2018, with one tackle against South Dakota in the latter.

While in high school, Henington was a three-year letter winner for the Junction City Blue Jays. In 2016, Henington was named the Centennial League Offensive Player of the Year and was named all-state by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle and Kpreps.com

Henington tallied over 4,500 career yards in high school, including 2,795 total yards in his senior season at Junction City.

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