47) Ty Zimmerman, sophomore S, Kansas State
The Kansas State Media Guide line on Zimmerman heading into the 2010 season was the same for many players not expecting to get off the bench: "Local product at quarterback that will begin to develop and provide depth." Leave it to a Bill Snyder team to master in understatement.
But even Snyder admitted that he didn't see the ascension of Zimmerman from greyshirt candidate at quarterback to mainstay in the Kansas State secondary seemingly overnight. Zimmerman played beyond his years at safety, finishing fourth on the Wildcats in tackles with 74, making four tackles for loss and picking off three passes.
Along the way, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound safety earned rave reviews for always being in the right spot at the right time. An underrated athlete, Zimmerman is steady in pass coverage, and if not for his ability in run support, a porous Kansas State run defense might have been even worse. In a league that is stacked with young safety talent, Zimmerman stands out as being among the best of the bunch.
2010 Stats: 74 tackles, four for loss, three interceptions, two fumbles recovered
No. 48: Baylor DE/LB Tevin Elliot
No. 49: Kansas State DE Brandon Harold
No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum