MANHATTAN — All season long, the quarterback position for the K-State football team (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) has been marked by injuries. All three quarterback on K-State’s depth chart — senior Jesse Ertz, sophomore Alex Delton, and redshirt freshman Skylar Thompson — have made appearances on the field for the Wildcats. Delton has started the past three games for the Wildcats, but was replaced by Thompson due to an injury in the second half of a 30-20 win over Kansas Oct. 28 in Lawrence. Ertz, the starter at the beginning of the season, has yet to play a snap since being injured late in a 34-40 loss at Texas Oct. 7.
“(Having so many quarterback changes) definitely disrupts the flow a little bit to have new people coming in and out like that. We kind of have that ‘next man up’ mentality, especially with the receivers and the quarterbacks. We work with each other all the time. I think we have good chemistry as a group. I think it hasn’t been a huge hindrance to us. I think we’re ready to go with whoever’s back there at quarterback,” sophomore wide receiver Dalton Schoen said.
During his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Vanier Family Football Complex in Manhattan, K-State head coach Bill Snyder talked about the possible trouble of maintaining consistency on offense with having to go through so many quarterback changes.
“With the quality of replacements that we have, it’s not quite as difficult. We have some balance in our offense. If they’re capable of throwing it or capable of running it, then it doesn’t distort our offensive picture a great deal. Our issue is not necessarily (with quarterback changes) as much as it is with other things. There’s a reason why your No. 1 quarterback is the No. 1 guy. We’ve got some other things that are troublesome that probably precede (a possible quarterback issue),” Snyder said.
Snyder noted that Delton is on track to play in Saturday’s game at Texas Tech. Snyder also indicated that sophomore quarterback Hunter Hall could potentially be a fourth-string option for the Wildcats.
During his appearance in last Saturday’s game against Kansas, Thompson completed 4-of-6 passes for 40 yards, while also rushing 10 times for 39 yards. Schoen talked about Thompson’s performance against Kansas.
“I thought he played great. I thought he played poised for a freshman out there for the first time in significant minutes. I thought he went through his reads right and made plays when he needed to. I thought he did a great job,” Schoen said.
Schoen talked about Thompson’s abilities as a passer.
“He can definitely sling it around. When he’s confident, he can make throws into very tight windows. He can air it out just as good as anyone that I’ve seen. I loved playing on the scout team with (Thompson) last year. He had no pressure on him whatsoever, and he wasn’t afraid to make the tough throws. He did a great job of that last year of giving our defense such a good look. It was to the point where (defensive coordinator Tom Hayes) was like ‘That’s not even realistic. Their quarterback’s not going to make that throw.’ It was something special to see last year,” Schoen said.
K-State will kick off against Texas Tech Saturday at 11 a.m. in Lubbock, Texas. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.