Kansas State is riding high, winners of three in a row and a Top 25 ranking heading into this weekend’s game against the Texas Longhorns. But to keep that momentum going, they’ll have to do it without one of their top players in cornerback A.J. Parker.
Head coach Chris Klieman confirmed on Tuesday that Parker’s ankle injury suffered in the win over Kansas was more severe than originally expected and that he will miss “significant time” with a fracture.
Parker was having a great season for the Wildcats, who have the best pass defense in the Big 12, allowing only 186 passing yards per game, along with the second-best pass defense efficiency in the conference. Parker ranked sixth in the Big 12 with eight passes defended and was tied for fourth in the conference with three interceptions on the season.
Parker is in his redshirt junior season. In 2018 he took over a starting role and finished fourth on the team with 53 tackles to go along with a tackle for loss, two interceptions and six pass breakups.
According to coach Klieman, Kevion McGee and Darreyl Patterson will fill in as starter in place of Parker.
Kansas State hits the road to face Texas for a 2:30 p.m. CST kick off on Saturday.
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