Bishop Carroll standout Goolsby named K-State's starting strong safety

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KAKE) -

Former Bishop Carroll standout Denzel Goolsby will start his first game for the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, but it will not be on offense.

Goolsby, a former wide receiver, switched to playing defense at the beginning of 2016. The transition worked out for the former Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year. 

"He's a very conscientious young man," head coach Bill Snyder said. "Wherever you would play him, he would give you his best effort."

Goolsby moved to strong safety with the opportunity to move up the depth chart and Snyder said he gave him the option. 

"He chose to do it and he did it for the right reasons," Snyder added. "He thought he could help the football team and he was given what he might have felt was in his best interest. I think he realizes that it was a positive move for him."

Goolsby will join juniors Kendall Adams and Duke Shelley as well as senior captain D.J. Reed in the defensive backfield. Reed has high praise for his teammate.

"I'm pretty sure him playing receiver has helped him because he knows wide receivers want to run and he knows the leverages they take, so I'm pretty sure that's definitely helped him, but I mean that's definitely a tough transition and you have to be, you have to have a hard work ethic to make that transition." 

No. 20 K-State kicks off their opener against Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.