Without Brodrick Smith in the lineup, Kansas State will have to go the remainder of the season without one of its top wide receivers and best red-zone target.
That is not good news for the Wildcats. Their passing game was already struggling, and now they will have to get Chris Harper and Adrian Hilburn acclimated to more regular usage.
The adjustment will be easy for Harper, who has caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown this season. He started against Nebraska and has handled heavy workloads in the past. But Hilburn has just three catches for 21 yards to his name. He will be asked to do more in the coming weeks.
K-State coach Bill Snyder expects the entire receiving core to be up for the challenge of responding to Smith’s injury.
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“Like everybody else they were pained by it,” Snyder said. “They’re the guys who sit in the same meeting rooms together every day and communicate and work together on the field. It’s painful. It’s like an injury to a family member, a brother. But all of our players respond the same way. They feel bad and realize they have to move on.” (more…)