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.
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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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