The Kansas State Wildcats are riding high at 3-0 in Big 12 play and a No. 1 spot in our Big 12 Power Rankings this week. But some sobering news came down on Monday when K-State head coach Chris Klieman announced that QB Skylar Thompson would miss the rest of the season with an injury suffered against Texas Tech two weeks ago.
“Skylar’s going to be done for the year,” Klieman said. “He had surgery last week on an upper body injury. So unfortunately, his season is over with. We’re going to rally around Will Howard and Nick Ast.”
Thompson took a big hit from Tech linebacker Riko Jeffers in the second quarter as he was throwing down the field, which caused the injury.
This season, Thompson had thrown for 626 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, with 63% completion percentage, while rushing for three scores, all coming in their upset win over the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Wildcats are now likely to turn to former three-star prospect Will Howard from Pennsylvania. Howard is a true freshman and did enough to help the Wildcats go on the road and beat TCU on Saturday, but he was 8/19 for 117 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He did have an early 80-yard run that helped get the offense going.
For the season, Howard is completing 50% of his passes with one rushing touchdown, one passing touchdown and one interception.
The Wildcats have some time to get Howard even more comfortable in the offense as K-State is off this week off and will play at home against Kansas on October 24.
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