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Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton not ready to play against Baylor

Alex Delton scores at K-State spring football game.(April 25, 2015)
Alex Delton scores at K-State spring football game.(April 25, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Kansas State fans hoping for reinforcements at quarterback will have to wait at least another week.

Freshman quarterback Alex Delton is not yet ready to play, coach Bill Snyder said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

“He is still in the rehab mode as much as anything,” Snyder said. “I think, watching him do some things out there, he is doing fine. He just hasn’t been able to progress beyond getting over the injury. He is not ready to play yet.”

Delton has missed the past five games with an injured right knee. Snyder said he would return to practice last week, creating optimism he could be active Thursday when K-State hosts No. 2 Baylor. But that won’t be the case.

Snyder didn’t say whether he could be ready to play against Texas Tech next weekend.

Last week, Snyder said he would evaluate Delton in practice and then discuss all options with the quarterback. He could become an intriguing option if starter Joe Hubener continues to struggle. Hubener is completing 45.5 percent of his passes, and K-State has scored a total of nine points in its past two games.

Delton opened the season as K-State’s third quarterback behind Jesse Ertz and Hubener. He played in each of the first two games. Ertz injured his right knee in the opener and is out for the season. Junior-college transfer Jonathan Banks hasn’t dressed for a game since early October.

Hubener will remain the starter against Baylor. Redshirt freshman Zach Davidson and receiver Kody Cook will be available as backups.

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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