Kansas St. star quarterback Will Howard announced Monday that he’s entering the transfer portal.
In a post to his Twitter account, Howard said, “I am eternally grateful to my family and friends for the unwavering support they have shown along my athletic and academic journey.
Thank you, Coach Klieman, Coach Klein and the entire Kansas State football staff, for believing in me and helping me better myself on and off the field.
My teammates will always be my brothers. I love these guys with all I have. The bonds and memories I have made with you all will last a lifetime.
To the Kansas State fans: I hope you all know how much you have meant to me. You have made the last four years truly unforgettable. It has been an absolute honor to play for Kansas State University.
With that being said, I am going to explore the transfer portal and evaluate all my options for next season. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life and the possibilities that lie ahead.
I am a Wildcat for life!”
Howard led Kansas St. to a 31-28 overtime win over TCU in the 2022 Big 12 Championship Game, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another TD.
In 12 games this year, Howard completed 219-of-357 passes (61.3%) for 2,643 yards with a 24/10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also had 351 rushing yards, nine TDs and a 4.3 yards-per-carry average.
Howard played in 34 games for the Wildcats from 2020-2023. He has 5,786 career passing yards with a 48/25 TD-INT ratio, but his TD-INT ratio in the last two years was 39/14. Howard has 921 career rushing yards, 19 TDs and a 4.3 YPC average. He also had an eight-yard TD catch this year.
Although you can never have enough QB depth, this isn’t a heartbreaker for Kansas St. thanks to the presence of rising sophomore Avery Johnson. He was the prize of the Wildcats’ 2023 recruiting class.
In seven games as a true freshman, Johnson produced 225 rushing yards and six TDs on 45 attempts for a 5.0 YPC average. He completed 23-of-35 passes (65.7%) for 301 yards and three TDs without an interception.
In a 38-21 win at Texas Tech, Johnson had 90 rushing yards and five TDs on 13 carries. He also completed 8-of-9 passes for 77 yards.
Kansas St. (8-4 straight up, 7-4-1 against the spread) closed the regular season with a disappointing 42-35 loss to Iowa St. as a 10-point home favorite. The Wildcats lost four one-possession games, including a 30-27 setback at Missouri and a 33-30 overtime loss at Texas.