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Dawg Position Review: Kansas State Wildcats Quarterback A New Era

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The transfer portal does not open officially until December 4th. That did not stop players from all across the country to tell their intentions to put their name in on November 27th. One of those is Kansas State Wildcats starter Will Howard. The Big 12 Championship-winning quarterback from the 2022 Kansas State also holds the record for most touchdown passes in a career at K-State with 48. Will Howard has one season left of eligibility at his new destination.

On top of Will Howard, two other scholarship quarterbacks transferred from Kansas State. Those two are former four-star Jake Rubley and former three-star Adryan Lara. Rubley has two years of eligibility left and Lara has three years.

Who is left For the Kansas State Wildcats?

Avery Johnson is a freshman quarterback from Maize Kansas. Avery was rated as a top-ten quarterback recruit in the 2023 cycle. Johnson has had some limited playing time in the backup role to Will Howard, usually used as a change of pace in the run game, including a five-touchdown rushing performance against Texas Tech. In the limited chances Avery had this season throwing the ball, he completed 65.7 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The only other quarterback left on the roster for the bowl game is scout team quarterback Jacob Knuth. Jacob would have to get a waiver from the NCAA to be allowed to play. If he is not cleared by the NCAA, the backup would be a position player. He had transferred in this past off-season after redshirting at Minnesota.

The future is bright even with the loss of depth at the quarterback position in Manhattan Kansas. Avery Johnson is lightning-fast with a live and accurate arm. But the coaching staff will have to find some depth in the quarterback room, and they might have done that with the commitment of Blake Barnett for next season.


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