Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder expects Jesse Ertz to play against Texas on Saturday.
“We are anticipating that he will,” Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 telenconference.
Ertz, a junior, has started all six of K-State’s games at quarterback this season, completing 59 of 119 passes for 756 yards and five touchdowns. He injured his right shoulder during a 38-17 loss to Oklahoma over the weekend, which put his future playing status in doubt.
For now, Snyder doesn’t think the injury will be a lingering problem.
The injury occurred late in the second quarter and briefly forced Ertz to the locker room. He later returned to the game and attempted two more passes, but it was obvious something was wrong when he badly overthrew fullback Winston Dimel on the opening play of the third quarter.
Ertz turned to the K-State sideline and asked to come out. Trainers continued to assess his injury and monitored his throwing motion as the game went on, but he was done for the day. He finished with 68 yards passing and 40 yards rushing on top of a touchdown.
Backup quarterback Joe Hubener played the majority of the final two quarters, completing 12 of 23 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.
K-State’s offense has not been sharp this season, ranking 119th nationally at 343 yards per game, but it has been at its best with Ertz leading the way.
Ertz missed all but one game last season with a knee injury, allowing Hubener to start 11 games.
After the Oklahoma loss, Hubener said he is once again ready to fill in, if need be.
“I’m no fortune teller,” Hubener said. “I am going to practice as if I am (going to start) this week and we will see how things go. Hopefully Jesse is better. If not, I will be ready to go.”
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