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Kansas State Officially Has a Quarterback Controversy

The Kansas State Wildcats rolled to a 31-3 win over Baylor on Saturday night in Waco to take sole possession of second place in the Big 12 Conference at 5-2 and after the game, head coach Chris Klieman admitted there is a quarterback controversy officially underway in Manhattan.

Following the win, Klieman said there will be a quarterback debate between Adrian Martinez and Will Howard, adding, “It’s something we are going to talk about each week.”


As there should be.

Howard came on in relief of Martinez and finished 19/27 for 196 yards and three touchdown passes, while Martinez was 7/8 for 25 passing yards. Howard has made huge strides as a passer from recent seasons and now the coaching staff is likely wondering if it’s time to ride their hot hand down the home stretch of the season as the Cats battle for a Big 12 title.

Howard has played in three games this season, completing 60% of his passes with 521 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. He’s not the dual-threat that Martinez is, but his ability to open up the field are apparent and help the K-State offense keep defenses honest.

The Wildcats are 5-2 in the Big 12 and if they win their next two games they will be playing in the Big 12 Championship game against TCU.

K-State travels to Morgantown to play West Virginia next week before hosting Kansas to wrap up the season.

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