KSU Legacy Ready to be a Wildcat
Manhattan (KS) fullback Winston Dimel was hard to miss in 2013. "I played every snap," Dimel said of his senior year with the Indians. "I played tight end on offense, and I played defensive end. We run the ball all the time, so I stayed in and blocked." The 6-foot-1, 223-pound senior was a First Team All-State honoree as an athlete, having played key roles on both sides of the ball for the Indians. "I think I almost had a better year on defense, because we don't throw the ball," he said after helping lead Manhattan to an 8-3 record. "That's another reason I think it was hard to get recruited. I'm playing a position I won't be playing, since we don't have much film of me playing fullback." After landing an offer from K-State, the three-star prospect committed to play for Bill Snyder in July. The Dimel name is a familiar one to the Wildcat faithful, as Winston's father, Dana Dimel, was an offensive lineman at KSU, and is now the program's co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Despite the family connection, the ‘Cats weren't the only program to show an interest in the talented FB. "Oklahoma State started showing a lot of interest during the season," he said of the Cowboys. "When I first started talking to them, one of their coaches sent me a text. He asked if I would even consider them. He figured I would just go to K-State." Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma also recruited Dimel. He believes more schools would have offered if not for his father's position on the Wildcats coaching staff. But as he counts down the days until National Signing Day, ‘Little Dimel' sees plenty of reason to be excited about playing in KSU's offense. "People don't use fullbacks as much these days," Dimel said, shaking his head. "K-State won't use me strictly for runs. They are going to send me out, put me in the backfield in a one back set, and even give me the ball." "I'm definitely excited," he said of playing for his father. "I've talked to him about it, and he's said he's going to treat me like any other player. It's not a father-son relationship; it's a player-coach. It's going to be a good thing."
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