Jonathan Truman is another former walk-on for the Kansas State Wildcats who worked himself into a starting position as a linebacker. Truman was a special team standout until earning the starting spot at linebacker, despite his 5-11, 219-pound build. Another “motor” player who ranges sideline to sideline, he started every game in 2013 and finished second on the team in tackles with 89. He’ll be looked to for continued production and leadership not only on the defensive side of the ball, but within the program in 2014.
Was a three-year letter winner at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Kechi, Kan., earning first-team all-city and all-state honors as a senior at linebacker, while garnering honorable mention as a fullback. For his career, he recorded 312 tackles, including 113 as a senior, to go along with three interceptions and three forced fumbles his final season. Also wrestled as a prep, grabbing fourth place at state in 2008 and 2009, before winning the state title in 2010.
Redshirted his first season at K-State in 2010 after walking on, then played in all 13 games in 2011 as a special teams guy. Registered 17 tackles and a fumble recovery while on the field. In 2012, he again played in all 13 games, finishing with 25 tackles and recovering two fumbles. Truman earned a starting nod in 2013, starting all 13 games. In addition to being second on the team in tackles, he added 4.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Recorded at least seven tackles in eight games, including a career-best 13 against Oklahoma.
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