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Avery Johnson, Will Howard to Split Reps Against TCU

Kansas State Offensive Coordinator Collin Klein appears to have a legitimate quarterback controversy on his hands at the halfway point of the 2023 season, after freshman Avery Johnson gave him a lot to think about after a fantastic showing against Texas Tech last week.

The Wildcats were struggling to make things happen under Will Howard in Lubbock, but when Johnson came in, it seemed to inject energy into the K-State offense, powering them to a 38-21 win behind a whopping five rushing touchdowns from Johnson.

“What we learned from this past Saturday is that we’ve seen Will play at a really high level and be successful, and then we saw Avery play at a high level and be successful,” head coach Chris Klieman told media on Tuesday. “So we feel comfortable with both guys.”


On Thursday, the Wildcats have yet to name as starting quarterback for their home tilt against TCU, and it appears they don’t plan to do so ahead of the contest.

According to Kellis Robinett from the Wichita Eagle, Klein says that he hasn’t chosen a starter for Saturday’s game, and regardless of who the Wildcats go with to begin the game, both Avery Johnson and Will Howard will play against the Horned Frogs.

This game is a pivotal one, pitting two teams that can’t afford a loss against one another as the Big 12 race heats up in Week 8.

TCU and Kansas State are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. CT kickoff (ESPN2), with the Wildcats being favored by 6.5 points at home.

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