No.11/No.12 Kansas State enters this weeks game against West Virginia looking to rebound from a 41-20 loss to TCU back on November 8th, but they’ll have to do it with a banged up Jake Waters.
Waters injured his shoulder in the Wildcats win over Oklahoma State back on October 18th and he hasn’t been the same since. Although he hasn’t missed a start, Kansas State has called less designed quarterback runs and Waters has been off on his deep ball.
There is no doubt Waters is playing hurt, but he continues to play at a high level.
Kansas State seems to have another quarterback the coaching staff has confidence in.
Enter sophomore, and former walk-on Joe Hubener.
In typical Bill Snyder fashion, he has taken a walk-on and molded him into a quarterback who is one snap way from action. Not to mention someone who earned a scholarship, and is now projected to be the Wildcats starter next season with the departure of Waters.
Hubener, 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds has the ability to throw the football, but has mainly been used in the wildcat formation.
“The quarterback run game opens up opportunities. If you throw me in there, whether it be short yardage or a situation where you just need a couple yards. They feel confident in me,” Hubener said.
With Waters banged up, the Mountaineer defense will have the task of preparing for two quarterbacks.
“I think (coaches) are more willing to use the quarterback run game with me just because of my size,” Hubener said. “They are also not worried about me getting hurt or banged up in there like they are with Jake.
It should be a good one when West Virginia and Kansas State take the field this Thursday at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7pm and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
This is the final home game for the Mountaineers this season.
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