Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez is a “real game time decision” for Saturday’s game against No. 9 Oklahoma State, sources told ESPN.
Martinez left the loss to No. 22 Kansas State at TCU last week with a leg injury. He was a limited participant in training on Thursday, sources told ESPN, and will be watched during pre-game warm-ups before a decision is made on his playing status.
Junior quarterback Will Howard practiced all week and would start if Martinez couldn’t play. Howard led Kansas State on four straight first-half touchdowns against TCU after Martinez left the game in the first quarter.
Howard missed a second-half possession with what appeared to be a shoulder injury, but returned after being spelled out by redshirt rookie Jake Rubley. He finished with 225 yards on 13 of 20 passes with two touchdowns and one interception.
Coach Chris Klieman said this week he hopes to keep Howard below four appearances this season so he can redshirt and preserve one season of eligibility. The TCU game was the start of Howard’s season.
Martinez, who is in his fifth year in college, is in the middle of a redeeming season with the Wildcats after being transferred from Nebraska. He threw for 907 yards and is responsible for 13 touchdowns – four assists and nine carries. He has yet to throw an interception, a distinct change from last season at Nebraska when he finished the season with 10 interceptions.
He’s averaging 6.1 yards per carry, completed 62.1 percent of his passes, and led Kansas State to impressive wins over then-No. 1 Missouri. Iowa.