*Courtesy of K-State sports information*
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following an impressive tryout at rookie minicamp over the weekend, former Kansas State defensive tackle Travis Britz signed a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the organization announced on Monday.
K-State now has five players who were on last year’s roster move on to the NFL as Cody Whitehair was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears in addition to Morgan Burns (Tennessee Titans), Glenn Gronkowski (Buffalo Bills) and Boston Stiverson (Dallas Cowboys) signing free agent contracts last week.
A native of Harrisonville, Missouri, Britz was one of the top defensive tackles in the Big 12 during his tenure as he played in 47 games with 36 starts over his four-year career. He totaled 11 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks during his four years in Manhattan, including his senior year with season highs in all three categories as he recorded 41 tackles, 11.0 TFLs and 4.0 sacks. Voted a team captain for the 2015 season, Britz earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors last year, while he picked up honorable mention accolades in both 2013 and 2014.
In addition to his impressive numbers on defense, Britz was also a force on special teams as he tied the school’s career record with five blocked kicks, including four during the 2013 season.
K-State opens the 2016 football season on Friday, September 2, as the Wildcats travel to Palo Alto, California, to take on Stanford in a nationally-televised matchup. Bill Snyder Family Stadium will host the Wildcat Kickoff music festival featuring Zac Brown Band and Train during the bye week on Sept. 10, while the Wildcats open their home slate on September 17, against Florida Atlantic.
A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2016 season go on sale online only on June 20. All six home games are anticipated to sell out quickly and extend the Bill Snyder Family Stadium sellout streak to 33 games.