Kansas St. senior quarterback Skylar Thompson has been ruled out for the rest of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury.
Thompson was injured in a 31-21 home win over Texas Tech on Oct. 3. Kansas St. head coach Chris Klieman announce this morning that Thompson had surgery last week.
In two games and the first half of a third, Thompson had completed 40-of-64 passes for 626 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He also had three rushing TDs.
Since losing 35-31 at home to Arkansas St. in the season opener when they were missing a bunch of players due to positive COVID-19 tests, the Wildcats have won three consecutive games. True freshman Will Howard relieved Thompson in the win over the Red Raiders and started in Saturday’s 21-14 win at TCU when Kansas St. won outright as an 11.5-point road underdog.
Howard completed 7-of-12 passes for 173 yards and one TD without an interception vs. Texas Tech. He connected on just 8-of-19 throws for 117 yards and threw his first career pick against the Horned Frogs. However, Howard had 86 rushing yards and one TD on just 13 attempts at TCU.
Junior Nick Ast will serve as Howard’s backup moving forward. Kansas St. has open date this weekend before hosting Kansas. The Wildcats are atop the Big 12 standings with Iowa St., as both teams are 3-0 in league play. Oklahoma St. is the lone remaining Big 12 team that’s unbeaten, with the Cowboys at 2-0 in conference action to trail the Wildcats and Cyclones by one-half game.