Senior center Reid Najvar will not play for Kansas State this season, according to a report from Heartland College Sports.
The site reported Friday afternoon that Najvar will forego the upcoming season as a player, but continue to help the coaching staff as a graduate assistant. No further explanation for the move was given. Gopowercat.com later reported that the change is injury related.
A K-State team spokesman was unable to confirm or deny the reports.
If Najvar is unable to play this season, his absence would be a significant blow for the Wildcats. Najvar, a 6-foot-4, 295-pounder from Spring, Texas, started all 13 games at center last season. He played well in the middle of K-State’s offensive line, and was nominated to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy earlier this summer.
He was one of four starters returning up front, along with left tackle Scott Frantz, left guard Tyler Mitchell and right tackle Dalton Risner.
It is unknown who K-State might turn to without Najvar, but Adam Holtorf is thought to be among the top candidates. Holtorf, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound sophomore from Seward, Neb., saw limited action in games a season ago and started with K-State’s backups at center in the spring game.
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