There will be no third edition of the Alex Delton-Skylar Thompson quarterback competition at Kansas State.
Delton, a fourth-year junior from Hays, announced via his Twitter account Tuesday that he will transfer to a different school for his senior season. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately.
“I have prayed countless times and spoke with those close to me, and I have decided to utilize my graduate transfer option from Kansas State University,” Delton tweeted. “I graduate this semester and will be at a new university in January.
“Kansas State, than you forever & thanks for letting me be your Quarterback.”
Delton, who was locked in a battle for the quarterback job with Thompson from the time senior starter Jesse Ertz went down with a season-ending injury in the fifth game of the 2017 season, played primarily as the backup this year. He appeared in seven games, starting against Texas and Kansas, leading K-State to a 21-17 victory over the Jayhawks.
In 2017, Delton took over when Ertz was hurt, drawing starts against TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Tech, but suffering an injury of his own and giving way to Thompson for the final three regular-season games and the Cactus Bowl.
But it was the Cactus Bowl that provided Delton’s biggest career highlight as he came off the bench in the second half for an ineffective Thompson and led the Wildcats to a 35-17 come-from-behind victory. He rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns, plus completed 7 of 10 passes for 52 yards and another score, receiving offensive most valuable player honors.
Delton was voted a team captain at the start of the 2018 season, but Thompson got the starting nod in the season opener. Delton replaced him in the second half of a loss at West Virginia and started the following week against Texas, but an injury sidelined him for the next several weeks.
When Thompson suffered a concussion at TCU, Delton took over and also played the entire game against Kansas.
Delton appeared in seven games overall, completing 55 percent of his passes for 554 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He had 234 yards rushing and two more scores.
For his career, Delton rushed for 868 yards and 11 touchdowns in 20 games, while completing 56 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions.
In announcing his transfer, Delton paid tribute to K-State and to recently-retired head coach Bill Snyder.
“Kansas State is truly a special place,” he said. “This University has taught me life-long lessons and values that I will never forget.
“I am beyond blessed to play for a Hall of Famer in Coach Snyder, who truly works harder than anyone I’ve ever known.”
He went on to praise his teammates as well.
“No matter what, we have always stayed together and believed in one another,” he said. “Through the ups and downs – from being a starter, winning games, scoring touchdowns and being named MVP of a bowl game win – these things do NOT even compare to the greatest honor I’ve achieved by having my brothers vote me as their team captain this past year.
“These memories will last forever.”
Wildcats land juco receiver
Khalil McClain, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver for Hutchinson Community College, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will sign with Kansas State.
McClain led the Blue Dragons in receiving with 27 catches for 452 yards and five touchdowns, plus was second on the team in rushing with 314 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 9.0 yards per carry. He even completed five passes.