Kansas State Football: Players to watch during the 2020 season

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T.J. Smith, Cornerback


The Wildcats brought in a pair of highly thought of cornerbacks from the state of Georgia in their 2020 class. Along with Smith is Tee Denson and while Denson, from all accounts, has held his own during the fall practices, it’s Smith that appears ready to find the field sooner, perhaps contribute in a small role this season.

The true freshman likely sees the field as a nickel back and in the slot. The depth at corner is tested with opt outs and transfers, but even if Smith doesn’t see the field much if at all in 2020, the future certainly appears bright for this defensive back.

Kiondre Thomas, Cornerback

The graduate transfer from Minnesota comes to Kansas State looking to fill the void left by the aforementioned defensive backs. After playing three seasons for Minnesota, the native of Fort Smith, Arkansas is hoping his season in Manhattan brings success and playing time.

During his time with the Minnesota football program, Thomas recorded 16 career starts with 75 tackles and an interception.

Currently, Thomas is likely to start at one of the outside cornerback positions opposite returning starter and fellow senior AJ Parker. With Oklahoma being the second game scheduled for the Wildcats this season, having experience at the corner positions will be vital if the Wildcats are to have success defensively this season.