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In the Trenches: Evin Ksiezarczyk

By: Damond Flynn

Evin Ksiezarczyk is no stranger to the spotlight, and continues to be one of the great stories regarding athletes coming out of Buffalo. The 6’6”, 311-pound lineman from West Seneca has had the opportunity of a lifetime, and hopes to one day fulfill a dream of playing in the NFL. Evin was a star athlete for the West Seneca East Trojans during his high school days where he received numerous accolades including Class A 1st-Team All-State and All-Western New York honors, as well as being named the Class A South Lineman of the Year.

Ksiezarczyk’s success continued in college, where he attended the University at Buffalo and was a large part of the success that the Bulls had during his time there. In his sophomore season, Ksiezarczyk started all 12 games for the Bulls, and followed up with his junior season by starting all 14 games in 2018, earning 2nd-Team All-MAC honors, and helped lead the Bulls to a 10-4 record and advance to the MAC title game. Ksiezarczyk’s breakout season cam in 2019, where he received 1st-Team All-MAC honors, and was a large part in setting new records for rushing yards in a season (3,256), and having two 1,000 yard rushers in a season for the first time in program history (Jared Patterson & Kevin Marks). Ksiezarczyk proved his durability during his time at UB, and started in all 39 games in his final 3 seasons.

Ksiezarczyk had shown that he possesses the qualities of what it takes to make it to the next level, and was hopeful to be drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, after 7 rounds of not hearing his name called, Ksiezarczyk went undrafted. Fortunately, an opportunity presented itself, which had Evin spending training camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. After training camp was over, Evin waited for another opportunity to present itself, and luckily, another opportunity arose. Ksiezarczyk signed with the Minnesota Vikings in May of 2021, and is looking to gain a spot on the final roster for the Viking for the upcoming NFL season.

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