Chris Klieman: Adrian Martinez Remains “Unquestioned” QB1 for K-State
Last week, Kansas State suffered its first loss of the 2022 season, a shocking home upset at the hands of Tulane, losing 17-10.
As is always the case, questions have been asked about what needs to change at K-State and one of the points of emphasis for the fan base and media is always the quarterback.
Wildcats’ quarterback Adrian Martinez has been efficient on the ground through three games, but he has struggled to make an impact with his arm thus far. Through three contests, Martinez has completed 41/66 passes for 304 yards and one score. He is also averaging just 7.41 yards per completion, which ranks dead-last in the FBS, according to NCAA statistics.
When the question was brought to K-State head coach Chris Klieman, he was clear that there aren’t any changes at the quarterback position coming any time soon.
Getting Martinez to push the ball downfield is paramount to the Wildcats’ success going forward, because without that the offense is one-dimensional. Tulane was able to account for Deuce Vaughn in last week’s game and it allowed them to keep him under control without giving up plays through the air. That will undoubtedly be the game plan for opponents going forward, starting with an Oklahoma team led by defensive guru Brent Venables.
Can Martinez prove Klieman right and start to turn this offense around? We will find out at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.