Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman announced on Monday that senior quarterback Skylar Thompson will be out for the remainder of the 2020 season after sustaining an upper-body injury during the first half of the Wildcats’ win over Texas Tech two Saturdays ago.
Thompson underwent surgery last week which precluded him from traveling to Fort Worth last weekend leading to true freshman Will Howard getting the start for the now 22nd ranked Wildcats’ 24-17 win at TCU.
The news is quite a bummer to K-State fans as it seemed that Thompson was set for a career season after starting the year 40-64 in the air for 626 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with three rushing touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had Skylar rated as the sixth highest-graded signal caller in the country and the second best in the Big 12.
Skylar surpassed 5,000 passing yards in his career during the Texas Tech game and has rushed for over 1,000 yards and is the fourth in school history to pass for over 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000. He’s started 27 career games which is fourth most among K-State quarterbacks since 1990.
The future is now loaded for possibilities at the quarterback position for K-State. Thompson would’ve gotten this year back regardless of injury due to the pandemic but with Howard returning with nearly a full Big 12 schedule under his belt (assuming we avoid more bad injury luck) along with the addition of four-star quarterback Jake Rubley (and that’s not even mentioning current third and fourth string quarterbacks Nick Ast and Jaren Lewis) the quarterback room will be very full heading into 2021. However, if Skylar does choose to return for a sixth season, his experience would certainly put him at the front of the pack yet again.
Whatever happens next season, all K-State fans certainly hope for a full recovery for Thompson who has been through quite a journey throughout his time in Manhattan.