Nov. 07--Nov. 7--Uncertainty reigns at quarterback for Kansas State entering Saturday's game against Kansas.
During his weekly Tuesday press conference, K-State head coach Bill Snyder couldn't definitely name a starter -- or which backup may play if neither Skylar Thompson nor Alex Delton is able to go.
Thompson, the Wildcats' primary starter this year, suffered an injury in the first quarter of last week's loss at TCU and did not return. Delton, a fourth-year junior, came off the bench and finished the game, which K-State lost 14-13. Even so, Delton is dealing with a nagging leg injury.
If neither of the Wildcats' more experienced signal-callers can play, they'll turn to either fourth-year junior Hunter Hall or true freshman John Holcombe II. But even in that spot, Snyder said he wasn't sure which player is No. 3 on the depth chart.
"We are not to that point yet," Snyder said. "Once we get to the end of the week, we will have a better idea. Both of them are currently taking repetitions."
Delton is the hot hand at the moment.
Playing for the first time since he started against Texas on Sept. 29, Delton entered Saturday's game and immediately put points on the board, connecting with freshman receiver Malik Knowles for a 21-yard touchdown. He finished 15-for-25 for 155 yards and also added a touchdown on the ground.
"I liked his toughness," Snyder said. "He is a competitive young guy and he brings some spirit to our guys. They know he is going to compete. ... He takes some big hits. He is not the biggest guy in the world, but he competes and competes every snap."
Snyder also said he likes Delton's "capacity to handle" the offensive scheme.
"He can throw the ball fine," Snyder said. "Obviously, people think he is the best runner. He can run the ball well. ... Then again, you have to have some help, too. It is not that he didn't, we just did not have enough, which falls on everybody's shoulders not just one person."
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