Kansas State is fresh off of a Week 3 loss to the Missouri Tigers and while the loss may be a tough blow for Wildcat fans, Tuesday’s update from Chris Klieman appears to be significantly tougher.
Howard sustained an injury during the third quarter after taking a hit from Missouri linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper, and while Howard did tough it out and finish the game, his status for Saturday is question.
Chris Klieman’s group have a tough task on their plate as Gus Malzahn and the UCF Knights head to Manhattan for the second time in program history. The Knights have been solid this year under Malzahn and while UCF will be without their starting quarterback John Rhys Plumlee again, USF transfer Timmy McClain has shown the ability to win in Orlando.
In the event that Howard is unable to go for Saturday’s game, the Wildcats will turn to true freshman quarterback Avery Johnson who happens to be one of the highest-ranked quarterback prospects in Kansas State football history.
Johnson was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index coming out of high school as well as the 85th-ranked player in the class of 2023. He also checked in as the ninth-ranked QB in the country and the top player in the state of Kansas.
The line in Saturday’s matchup between the Wildcats and the Knights has already changed on most major sports books as the Wildcats opened as 6.5-point favorites, and are now down to 5-point favorites with an uncertain roster heading into Big 12 play. Saturday’s game kicks off in Manhattan at 7:00 PM CT in a massive game for both squads.