First up, it’s Veteran’s Day here in the USA, so we’d like to take a moment and thank all of the veterans of our armed forces for their service to this country. This wouldn’t be the land of the free without you, and we want to know you are appreciated on today especially, but all days. Thank you!
K-State held their weekly press conference on Tuesday...and let’s just say that it’s a great week for a bye week. After a Monday update that saw eight players out due to COVID, that number quickly ballooned to 20 either with a positive test or in quarantine due to close contact. Coach Klieman did point out that these were mostly all younger players who primarily factor in on the scout team, but while that’s fine for the top of the depth chart, it does mean that practice will be limited this week (and probably next) as Klieman lacks the bodies to run practice at it’s normal length. Oh, yeah, as our own Drew Schneider reported yesterday, Sammy Wheeler is also now out for the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone on the big play that helped set up the Wildcats final score against Oklahoma State. The Wildcat TE corps is rapidly becoming empty, with fellow TE Briley Moore’s status still unknown after receiving a back injury against West Virginia, and OC Courtney Messingham is going to have to get creative with the use of the remining available TE’s as well as the fullbacks. It sure would be nice to have a little luck this season.
K-State Athletics has it’s weekly recap of Wildcats in the NFL. And while it was mostly a quiet week, there was one big highlight on Thursday night, as Jordan Willis was able to record a sack of Aaron Rodgers in the defensive end’s second game of action for the 49ers.
If it’s not one freshman stud, it’s the other. This week, it wasn’t freshman phenom Aliyah Carter taking home Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors, rather it was her fellow freshman outside hitter Jayden Nembhard, who picked up her second such honor this season.