Completion percentage is among the most important statistics for a quarterback, so it goes without saying that Joe Hubener wants to move out of the Big 12 basement in that category.

The K-State junior quarterback has completed 51.2 percent of his passes -- 21 of 41 for 390 yards and a touchdown -- which ranks last among the conference's 10 starters. The league average is 61.4 percent.

Still, Hubener does not seem concerned. He even laughed about his completion numbers Tuesday at K-State's weekly media availability.

The problem has a simple fix.

K-State QB Joe Hubener Ready For Louisiana Tech

K-State QB Joe Hubener Ready For Louisiana Tech

Hubener has been dynamite on long throws, completing passes for gains as long as 43 and 53 yards in his first two games. And he would have had more if not for drops from his receivers. Oddly, short throws are the issue.

He bounced three passes against Texas-Antonio that should have been easy connections along the sideline. Correct those mistakes and he thinks his completion percentage will look much better.

"That was just me being a little anxious," Hubener said Tuesday. "I just need to settle down and throw the football. I make those throws every day. I just have to calm down and throw it. Other than that I thought things went really well. I had some longer throws that were on target."

K-State coach Bill Snyder has straightforward advice for his quarterback: relax.

This is not a typical problem. If Hubener can elude a pass rush and scramble for first downs, and if he can look 35 yards down ield and hit a receiver in stride, then he can surely also take a three-step drop and complete a short pass that gets one of K-State's playmakers into space. It's an easier throw, after all. He simply needs the correct mindset.

"I told him to hit what he is aiming at," Snyder deadpanned. "I thought he put the ball downfield reasonably well and didn't throw the short ones nearly as well as you would like. Sometimes, and I think that was Joe's situation, you get in a hurry, because the shorter throws come quicker.

"He just got himself in too big of a hurry. I think he is more accurate than that. We will find out, and I think he will be. Settle down, don't hurry and go at the pace we give you."

Short passes have never bothered Hubener before. Perhaps nerves cause the problems.

Hubener was a backup quarterback at Cheney High and never started a game during his first two years at K-State. The UTSA game was his first start, and it occurred on the road in front of nearly 30,000 fans. The moment was bound to impact his play. After watching replays of the game, all he could do was shrug.

"It was kind of weird," Hubener said. "... Most of it came from being anxious. Being antsy back there, you aren't thinking about the touch on the ball."

He can bury that problem on Saturday against a Lousiana Tech defense that allows 314 passing yards, ranking 89th nationally.

"That shouldn't be an issue," Hubener said. "I just have to relax this Saturday and every Saturday from now on. Just relax and throw the football."