Kansas State lost a pair of players to the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday, just a few days after the conclusion of spring practice in Manhattan.
Gaven Haselhorst, a three-star linebacker from Hays, Kansas, announced that he would enter the portal after just one season with the Wildcats in which he redshirted. The 6-1, 230-pound linebacker has yet to see the field much and is likely unhappy with his playing time in the Little Apple.
Although he is an explosive athlete, Haselhort’s only offer out of high school was Kansas State, according to 247Sports. The other loss is walk-on linebacker Kienen Gaskin, a sophomore from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
While the loss of two linebackers will certainly hurt the depth chart, neither Haselhorst nor Gaskin was expected to have a major role in 2022, leaving the on-field impact at a minimum.
The duo of linebackers will explore their options elsewhere, but Kansas State’s 2022 season looks as promising as any in recent memory. The Wildcats return stars like Deuce Vaughn and Felix Anudike-Uzomah, as well as adding a dynamic playmaker at quarterback in Adrian Martinez.
If offensive coordinator Colin Klein can find a way to maximize Martinez’s skillset while minimizing his turnovers, Kansas State could be a dark-horse contender in the Big 12, given their experience and depth along the offensive and defensive lines.