MANHATTAN — Kansas State football fans can stop wondering about the status of Jesse Ertz.
The senior quarterback will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.
“He is going to have some surgery on it,” Snyder said. “So he is out for the season.”
Ertz was the starter in K-State’s first five games, but he has not played since he exited a road loss to Texas on Oct. 7. He has missed the past six games and did not travel with the team to Oklahoma State last week.
His chances of playing football again this season have gone from unlikely to impossible, but Snyder said he remains involved with team activities.
“He is here every day and goes to meetings,” Snyder said. “Rehab has been the full-time chore.”
Alex Delton took over for Ertz and started games against TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Tech, but he has missed K-State’s past two games while recovering from a concussion.
Skylar Thompson, a redshirt freshman, is now in command of the offense. He has played well thus far, helping the Wildcats go 3-1 over the past four weeks. His best performance came at Oklahoma State when he completed 10 of 13 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 93 yards and a score.
He is expected to make his third straight start against Iowa State on Saturday, with Ertz helping him on the sideline.
“Jesse is always there for me and supporting me and throwing out suggestions of things that will maybe slow the game down for me,” Thompson said. “That says a lot about Jesse and the kind of person he is. From the first day he has been here he has always been a great supporter, always helping me with the offense. I can’t say enough about Jesse.”
K-State will honor Ertz before the game in its annual senior day ceremony.
The Wildcats still look to him as a captain.
“He has been a great leader for our football team,” Thompson said. “He is still a guy that he can stand up in the locker room and say something and everyone is going to draw in and listen to him. I am thankful for all the love and support he has given me.”
Ertz is far from the only injured player K-State will be without against Iowa State.
Snyder said the Wildcats will also likely be without starting safety Kendall Adams against the Cyclones, describing him as doubtful. Adams left the Oklahoma State game with an undisclosed injury, and exited the locker room wearing a walking boot. Starting receiver Dalton Schoen is out with a broken collarbone
Starting cornerback D.J. Reed might also miss the regular-season finale. Snyder said he is unsure if Reed will be on the field after missing last week’s game for undisclosed reasons.