Kansas State is coming off its most impressive win of the 2022 season, and perhaps the Chris Klieman era, with a 48-0 win over a top-10 Oklahoma State team.
They did so without the help of their starting quarterback Adrian Martinez, who missed the game and all but the first series of the TCU game. In his absence, Will Howard stepped in and was fabulous in both games, going 34-57 for 521 yards and six touchdowns to just one interception, adding 34 yards and one score on the ground.
Now, heading into Week 10 with a game against Texas on deck, Howard might be preparing to make his second (might as well be third) consecutive start, whether or not Adrian Martinez is available.
On Thursday, Kansas State offensive coordinator Collin Klien had an update on Martinez’s availability vs. Texas. According to Klien, Martinez is practicing this week and is progressing toward being fully healthy for Saturday’s games against the Longhorns.
This very well might be a Wally Pipp situation, as Martinez’s injury opened up the door for Howard to play and all of a sudden he looks like a bonafide passer and has the K-State offense humming. Meanwhile, Martinez is one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation and brings quite a different feel to the game when he is on the field.
Whether it’s Howard or Martinez, K-State will welcome Texas tomorrow night and is a 2.5-point underdog at home.