Alex Barnes #34 of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrates his touchdown with Winston Dimel #38 against the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 41: Kansas State FB Winston Dimel

Posted July 24th, 2017

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The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

Cue your favorite National Geographic-style narration: In Manhattan, Kansas lives one of the last remaining examples of what was a thriving species in the American Southwest. Fullbacks used to roam on every stretch of turf across the land, picking off larger prey at will. Known for their superior instincts and legendary status as some of the toughest beasts on the planet, they’ve been displaced by slimmer, speedier creatures. Yet Winston Dimel remains. Watch how he continues to thrive in this modern landscape, doing the work of two fullbacks at once. He’s absolutely crucial to the survival of this particular pack of Wildcats.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

All jokes aside, it is striking to see an old-school fullback on a team not named Navy or Georgia Tech. Dimel is a two-time All-Big 12 selection who sets the tone for Kansas State’s run-first attack. The clip above is a perfect example of how he allows quarterback Jesse Ertz to be such a dual threat. At times Dimel is even positioned as the only set back in the shotgun, shielding Ertz and preparing to take heads whenever the quarterback decides to take off. He’s certainly not in every play, but his presence provides an extra layer for teams to sift through as they prepare for the Wildcats.

Previous encounters

Ertz had a field day against the Longhorns in 2016, and Dimel certainly played a part in the performance. Ertz passed for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 78 and two scores. Watch below as Dimel opens space for Ertz’s 19-yard burst in the second quarter. The fullback also caught a pass for 12 yards.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

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