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John Wirtel

Position Long Snapper
Height 6'3''
Weight 250 lbs.
Class Redshirt Senior
Hometown Orland Park, Ill.
High School Mount Carmel HS
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Career Honors: 2018: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (spring). 2017: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall and spring). 2016: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall and spring); Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. 2015: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (spring). 2014: KU Special Teams Player of the Week (Texas Tech); Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall).

2018 (RSr.): Served as the team’s primary deep snapper in games versus Nicholls, at Central Michigan, vs. Rutgers, at Baylor, vs. Oklahoma State, at West Virginia, at Texas Tech, vs. TCU, vs. Iowa State, at Kansas State, at Oklahoma, and vs. Texas in his last game as a Jayhawk. 

2017 (RSr.): Served as the team’s primary deep snapper in the first four games before missing the remainder of the season with an injury … Awarded a sixth year of eligibility.
 
2016 (Sr.): Served as the team’s primary deep snapper in the first three games before missing the remainder of the season with an injury.
 
2015 (Jr.): Played in 10 games … Shared long snapping duties throughout the season. 
 
2014 (So.):  Saw time in all 12 games … Served as KU’s long snapper on punts.
 
2013 (Fr.): Played in all 12 games, serving as KU’s long snapper on punts … Recorded three tackles on the season, including two solo stops … Credited with a fumble recovery … One of two true freshmen on the roster to see action in 2013.
 
High School: Earned two letters as a tight end and long snapper at Mount Carmel HS … Helped lead team to state title his senior year … Played for head coach Frank Lenti … Won state title in baseball, along with winning the Steven Bajenski Award, his sophomore year and the Frank Kisvka Award his senior year … Made the honor roll all four years.
 
Personal: Son of John and Coleen Wirtel … Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in business … Currently pursuing an MBA.