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Snyder: Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz likely will face Texas


Kansas State coach Bill Snyder feels sure that starting quarterback Jesse Ertz will be healthy enough to play Saturday when the Wildcats host Texas.

“We’re anticipating he will,” Snyder said.

It probably won’t make that much of a difference. Kansas State hasn’t fielded a dynamic offense the last two years.

The Wildcats are 3-3. Their offense is statistically the worst in the Big 12, averaging just 342 yards a game. That’s 115th nationally. It’s certainly not a competitive offense in a league where flashy is anyone else’s average.

In their three losses (to Stanford, West Virginia and Oklahoma), Kansas State has scored 13, 16 and 17 points. The offense has averaged only 319 yards in those defeats.

Ertz hurt his shoulder in a 38-17 road loss to Oklahoma and gave way to Joe Hubener.

Kansas State doesn’t change much on offense no matter who’s leading the show. Snyder always recruits athletic, tough quarterbacks for an offense that relies on running and play action.

But neither Ertz nor Hubener, a former walk-on receiver, has been as successful as the two quarterbacks before them, Collin Klein and Jake Waters.

Ertz ranks 10th in the Big 12 in two key quarterbacks to grade quarterbacks — passing (126 yards per game) and pass efficiency (113.4). Hubener started 11 of 13 games a year ago. He threw for 1,837 yards and nine touchdowns, completing 47.6 percent of his passes. He rushed for 613 yards and 13 touchdowns. He started against Texas a year ago. And in a rainy conditions, rushed for only 18 yards and threw for 97.

Perine to miss up to three games: OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday that Samaje Perine will miss up to three weeks to recover from a pulled muscle in his leg. Perine, the former Hendrickson High School star and two-time all-conference selection, injured his leg on the Sooners’ opening drive last Saturday against Kansas State.

With Perine sidelined, the Sooners have only two scholarship tailbacks available — Joe Mixon and freshman Abdul Adams.

Oklahoma travels to Texas Tech this Saturday and the Sooners will want to crank up their running game to keep the Red Raiders’ offense off the field. But OU’s schedule will be at its easiest the next two games, with OU taking on Kansas at home and Iowa State on the road.

Mixon, with 476 yards, now leads OU in rushing. Perine has 475. When both are healthy, OU will rotate the two, or use them both in the same backfield.

Adams has rushed 24 times for 108 yards in two games.

Perine has been one of the top tailbacks in the country the past two years, rushing for 1,713 and 1,349 yards his first two seasons. Given his injury, it may be difficult for Perine to eclipse 1,000 yards this season.



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