Tuesday, May 31, 2016

K-State’s Gronkowski added to Reese’s Senior Bowl roster

Kansas State junior fullback Glenn Gronkowski, who has graduated from K-State and will forego his senior season to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, has been added to the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl roster as a fourth-year junior graduate.

Gronkowski is one of two Wildcats to play in this year’s game, joining outgoing senior offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. K-State has now had five players in the game over the last four years, including Tyler Lockett (2015), Arthur Brown (2013) and Chris Harper (2013).

The Senior Bowl showcases up to 110 of the top seniors and fourth-year junior graduates in the nation in its annual game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 30, following a week’s-worth of practice, as kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on NFL Network.

Gronkowski played in 39 career games with 20 starts, earning All-Big 12 honors each of his three years, including first-team accolades as a sophomore in 2014. Aside from being an excellent blocking back, Gronkowski also was a threat through the air as he recorded 369 receiving yards and five touchdowns on only 15 career catches, good for a 24.6-yard average. Of his 15 receptions, nine went for at least 15 yards.

A native of Amherst, New York, Gronkowski rushed 11 times for 45 yards this season — including an 11-yard touchdown at Kansas — while he also threw a four-yard touchdown pass to fellow fullback Winston Dimel against Iowa State.

Gronkowski is looking to become the fourth member of his immediate family to play in the NFL. One of his older brothers, Rob, is in his sixth season as a tight end for the New England Patriots, while two other older brothers — Dan and Chris — have also played in the NFL.


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