Kansas State projected starting left tackle Scott Frantz has revealed that he is gay after telling his teammates more than a year ago.
In an interview with ESPN’s Holly Rowe, Frantz said he told the team about his sexuality after the 2015 season. He said his teammates and head coach Bill Snyder were very accepting and supportive.
“So you can imagine how scared I was, how nervous I was. … This could go either really bad or could go really good,” Frantz said. “And thankfully my teammates embraced me with open arms, and it was great.”
Frantz is the first active Big 12 player to ever come out as gay.
Snyder told Rowe he was “quite comfortable” that his players would treat Frantz the same way they always had.
Frantz and Arizona freshman defensive end My-King Johnson are the only two openly gay players in the FBS this season. Offensive lineman Chip Sarafin came out in 2014 while on Arizona State’s roster, but did not play a game after that.
The 6-5, 293-pound sophomore from Lawrence, Kan., was selected on the first-team Big 12 All-Freshman team selected by Athlon. He was also a first-team selection on the Big 12’s All-Academic Team.
Frantz will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft after this season. He is regarded as one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country.