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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ty Zimmerman, FS

School: Kansas State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Junction City, KS
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 202 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
320147-FA
Player News
05/13/2014 - New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Ty Zimmerman - Safety, Kansas State (6-1, 204): Martin, who will compete for a roster spot at safety and on special teams, moved into the starting lineup at Kansas State as a freshman in 2010. In 2013, he was an Associated Press third-team All-American as the senior captain came away with 74 tackles in 11 games, including three for a loss, and picked off three passes, two brought back for touchdowns to lead the Big 12. In his four-year career, he appeared in 48 games with 42 starts and posted 256 tackles, 11 stops for a loss, 13 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. - New Orleans Saints

12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: Defensive back Ty Zimmerman, Kansas St., 6-1, 204, Sr., Junction City, Kan.,...The first four-time all-conference honoree in school history, Zimmerman picked up his second-straight First Team All-Big 12 designation during his senior year. The safety ranked third in the conference in tackles among defensive backs (7.0 per game), while he tied for sixth in interceptions with three, including a Big 12-best two returned for touchdowns. Zimmerman ranks third in school history with 13 career interceptions. - Kansas State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Ty Zimmerman, K-State, Sr., Junction City, Kan./Junction City...Zimmerman's designation made him the first player in school history to garner four-straight all-conference accolades. Additionally, he is one of just four Big 12 defensive backs to earn four All-Big 12 honors with at least one of those being a first-team designation, joining Nebraska's Ralph Brown (1996-99) and Oklahoma's Brandon Everage (2000-03) and Derrick Strait (2000-03). The Junction City, Kan., native ranks third in the Big 12 among defensive backs with seven tackles per game, while he has returned a Big 12-best two interceptions for touchdowns. - Kansas State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Ty Zimmermam (Def. PoY)...Zimmermam ranked third in the conference in tackles among defensive backs (7.0 per game), while he tied for sixth in interceptions with three, including a Big 12-best two returned for touchdowns. Zimmerman ranks third in school history with 13 career interceptions. - Kansas State football

11/09/2013 - Jake Waters and Daniel Sams each ran for two touchdowns and Waters passed for another score to lead Kansas State over No. 25 Texas Tech 49-26 on Saturday. Sams' TDs came on a 1-yard rush and a 5-yarder, and Waters scored from 1 yard and 13 yards. Waters threw a 20-yard touchdown to Tramaine Thompson. John Hubert, who scored on a 63-yard run early in the game, finished with 157 yards on 23 carries to lead the Wildcats.

Ty Zimmerman scored a 43-yard touchdown after intercepting a pass from Texas Tech backup quarterback Baker Mayfield early in the fourth quarter. The win was the third in a row for the Wildcats (5-4, 3-3 Big 12), while the Red Raiders (7-3, 4-3) dropped their third straight game. Mayfield, who came in for starter Davis Webb late in the second quarter, was 34 for 44 for 276 yards and two interceptions. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - Tramaine Thompson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, Ty Zimmerman brought back an interception 32 yards for another score and Kansas State bounced back from a season-opening loss to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 48-27 on Saturday night. Thompson also returned a punt 61 yards to the Ragin' Cajuns' 1-yard line in the third quarter to set up a touchdown run by Jake Waters. Zimmerman's interception return moments later gave Kansas State touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a span of minutes.

Waters threw for 278 yards while splitting time with backup Daniel Sams, who ran for 63 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 111 yards, and John Hubert ran for two touchdowns as the Wildcats avoided their first 0-2 start since 1989. Terrance Broadway ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown for the Ragin' Cajuns (0-2), and Darryl Surgent returned a kickoff a school-record 100 yards for another score. - AP Sports

09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Ty Zimmerman is a senior who must exert leadership as the most experienced player on the Kansas State defense. As savvy as he is as a player, Zimmerman must be equally good getting the Wildcats to overcome an embarrassing loss to an FCS opponent. The Wildcats looked gassed at the end of the North Dakota State game, a bad sign if the defense is indeed in poor condition. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: SS Ty Zimmerman - An All-America pick last season, Zimmerman is yet another walk-on who flourished in the Kansas State system. With that out of the way, Zimmerman must now supply necessary leadership for a defense that lost nine starters. His knowledge will enable him to make calls and he must respond like a coach on the field to get newcomers into proper spots. Zimmerman is not only good as a center fielder who snagged five interceptions last season, but he can also offer support in the run game. If he has to make too many tackles, however, it could spell trouble. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP KANSAS STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. DB Ty Zimmerman (6-1, 204, 4.64)...A high school quarterback and son of a football coach, Zimmerman wasn't highly recruited, but when Kansas State coach Bill Snyder offered him a chance to gray shirt and change positions, he jumped at the opportunity. He moved to the secondary, where he caught on quickly at safety, undoubtedly helped by his experience on offense at quarterback. Zimmerman started 25 games over his first two seasons in Manhattan, earning All-Conference honors both years and combining for five interceptions. He had his best season as a junior in 2012 as a First Team All-Big 12 performer, recording 50 tackles, seven passes defended and tied for the team-lead with five interceptions.

Zimmerman is an energetic, motivated individual who plays the game with obvious passion and doesn't turn the switch off when he's on the field. He is a tall, lean athlete who covers a lot of ground, taking aggressive, downhill angles against the run. But he still has room to improve his consistency in pass coverage, too often late to react or allowing his eyes to be stuck in the backfield while losing his assignment. Zimmerman attacks the ball in the air with a forceful attitude, but he also needs to stay hands off in traffic to avoid pass interference calls. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: FS Ty Zimmerman is the quarterback for Kansas State on defense, Zimmerman returns as the leader in the secondary and someone who will greatly influence just how quickly newcomers can be groomed next season in the back end. - The Sports Xchange

07/22/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DB Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, Sr/2L, Junction City, Kan.,...A preseason candidate for the Bednarik and Thorpe awards as well as the Nagurski and Lott IMPACT trophies, Zimmerman has turned into one of the most dominant defensive backs in the Big 12. An All-Big 12 performer each of his first three seasons, Zimmerman also earned All-America accolades following the 2012 season in which he registered 50 tackles and picked off five passes. The Junction City, Kan., native enters his senior campaign in a tie for seventh place in interceptions with 10, while his 146 career interception return yards rank eighth. - Kansas State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State...Zimmerman's inclusion on the list, the first of his career, marks the 10th time a Wildcat has been in the running for the award. Most recently, cornerback Nigel Malone was a semifinalist in 2011 and 2012. In addition, Zimmerman is the first Wildcat safety to be a candidate for the award since Jarrod Cooper in 2000.

Zimmerman is now a candidate for four awards as he was named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy earlier this week as well as the Lott IMPACT Trophy in May. As a junior in 2012, Zimmerman carded 50 tackles, including three for a loss, to go along with a team-high tying five interceptions. His five picks - four of which came in consecutive games - tied for 10th nationally and were all during Big 12 play to lead the conference. The Junction City, Kan., product enters the 2013 season in a tie for seventh place in K-State history with 10 interceptions, while his 146 career interception return yards rank eighth. - Kansas State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State...An All-Big 12 performer in each of his first three seasons, Zimmerman is one of seven Big 12 defenders included on the initial watch list for the 2013 Bednarik Award. An All-American by multiple outlets last season, Zimmerman carded 50 tackles and tied for 10th nationally with five interceptions, each of which came in Big 12 play to lead the league. An All-Big 12 First Team performer, Zimmerman recorded picks in four-straight games and enters his senior season seventh in school history in career interceptions and eighth in interception return yards (146). - Kansas State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, DB...A three-year starter at safety, Zimmerman carded 50 tackles and tied for team-high honors with five interceptions in 2012 despite missing two games. Also named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, Zimmerman tied for 10th nationally in interceptions, four of which came in consecutive games. He picked up All-America accolades from multiple publications last season in addition to being named an All-Big 12 First Team performer. - Kansas State football

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Ty Zimmerman - Safety, Kansas State (6-1, 204): Martin, who will compete for a roster spot at safety and on special teams, moved into the starting lineup at Kansas State as a freshman in 2010. In 2013, he was an Associated Press third-team All-American as the senior captain came away with 74 tackles in 11 games, including three for a loss, and picked off three passes, two brought back for touchdowns to lead the Big 12. In his four-year career, he appeared in 48 games with 42 starts and posted 256 tackles, 11 stops for a loss, 13 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. - New Orleans Saints
 

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