The injury roster continues to be a lingering mystery for Kansas State, but progress does seem to have been made. Hopefully any lingering injuries have cleared up with a bye since the scare in Ames.
Cody Whitehair, OL
After missing the end of the Stephen F. Austin game due to a right ankle injury, Whitehair played without issue during the Iowa State game. Unless something changes drastically, he is a full-go for the Auburn game.
Tyler Lockett, WR
It was pretty clear to those who saw the game that Lockett was fighting a nagging hamstring injury. He clearly played through some pain, and that may have contributed to a drop off in the passing game during the second quarter of the Iowa State game.
However, when his team needed him Lockett stepped up and made the plays he needed to to help his team win. The most impressive of those was probably the catch along the sidelines with a defender draped all over him. After an extra week off to rest I fully expect Lockett to roast the Tiger secondary.
Dalton Converse, LS
Dalton Converse was back for Farmageddon so the mystery remains as to whether he sat our the Stephen F. Austin game due to injury or disciplinary action.
Jarvis Leverett RB
An off-season injury forced limited action for Leverett in the Wildcats two games so far. As the season progresses Leverett may fight for more playing time, but as of now he will mostly be used in mop up duty.
Cody Small, TE; Kyle Klein, WR; A.J. Allen, OL
Still no confirmation to the rumor that Bill Snyder has secretly had Kyle Klein trade places with a former Heisman finalsit, but we can confirm that Kyle has not played in the past two games. Mystery remains if that is due to an injury or him being by passed on the depth chart, but rumors are it is due to a nagging injury. The same can be said for both Cody Small, and AJ Allen.
So far the early season injury report has been much worse for our opponents than for the 'Cats. While no one wishes injuries on anyone, I hope this stays the same for Kansas State, and in the future gets better for our opponents. While we hope for better days ahead, Auburn currently suffers from some serious injuries to some of their better players.
Sammie Coates, WR
Probably the biggest name for Auburn, other than Nick Marshall, Coates has been hampered by an undisclosed leg injury in the Tigers first two games. While Coates is listed as questionable, Auburn head coach Gus Malhzan has stated he expects him to play, as do I.
Gage Batten, FB
Malzhan confirmed last Friday that Batten had an undisclosed knee injury that could see him miss the remainder of the season. Batten was a walk-on who was challenging for the lead-blocking position in short yardage situations. His injury hurt an already shallow H-back position/lead blocking role.
Carl Lawson, DE
Starting DE Carl Lawson is out for at least the middle part of the season after tearing his ACL and then undergoing surgery two weeks later. His rehab is going well, and there is still hope for him that he will play this season, however it will not be against Kansas State.
Alex Kozan, G
Alex Kozan is out for the year after injuring his back lifting weights during the off-season, and has already undergone surgery to correct the injury. As an All-SEC lineman this hurts Auburn up front, but with their depth on the front line there shouldn't be any big concern replacing Kozan.
Patrick Young, FB
Another FB walk on, another season ending injury. Soon after Batten's injury, Young suffered his own. The worst part was Young had an opportunity to fill in for Batten as the featured third-down blocking back, and unfortunately for him he won't get that chance this season.
Jermaine Whitehead, S
This may be the biggest loss for Auburn heading into the K-State game, and it doesn't involve an injury. Reports from Auburnundercover.com speculate/state that Whitehead got into a verbal confrontation with a coach and was subsequently suspended. This leaves Auburn perilously thin on the back line. Whitehead's backup will be either Stephen Roberts, a freshman who has only played 16 snaps all season, or junior Joshua Holsey, who started six games last year before an ACL tear ended his campaign.
Once again this season K-State comes out on the right side of our injury report. Hopefully in the future this list will get shorter and shorter for both teams, but for now the injuries to some key players for Auburn could open up holes for K-State to exploit. Whitehead's suspension is a potential game changer, and I would look for the Wildcats to try and exploit his backup.