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Report: Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski to turn pro

K-State fullback Glenn Gronkowski runs for a long touchdown reception in the first quarter Saturday against Oklahoma(October 18, 2014)
K-State fullback Glenn Gronkowski runs for a long touchdown reception in the first quarter Saturday against Oklahoma(October 18, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski will forgo his senior year of college and make a run at the NFL Draft as an early entrant, according to a report from Sports Illustrated writer Pete Thamel.

Gronkowski’s father told Thamel the news Saturday following K-State’s loss in the Liberty Bowl.

Gronkowski later spoke to Thamel about his decision, saying “it’s time to move on.”

He is an all-conference fullback that has done it all for the Wildcats. He is one of the few players in school history to run, catch and throw for a touchdown. He long ago established himself as a quality blocker and receiver.

He started all 13 games this season, rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 76 yards and a score, on top of a pass to fellow fullback Winston Dimel.

Gronkowski split time with Dimel this season, and Dimel had better statistics, gaining 347 total yards and scoring eight touchdowns, including two against Arkansas on Saturday. Dimel figures to handle fullback duties by himself next season.

Gronkowski will likely be one of the top fullbacks available in this draft class.

“I think I can be used at a lot of different positions,” he told Thamel. “I can play wherever a coach wants me to play and help out the best I can.”

His older brother, Rob, is a tight end for the New England Patriots.

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

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