The Kansas State football team offered fans a figurative glimpse at its depth chart on Saturday.
At its first and only public practice of the summer, starters appearered to be emerging at several key positions for the Wildcats.
The most notable observation of the afternoon was at center, where sophomore offensive lineman Adam Holtorf was snapping the ball in place of Reid Najvar, the expected starter. Najvar, a senior that started 13 games a year ago, will reportedly miss the upcoming season due to injury. He was in attendance Saturday, but watched practice in street clothes. He left the field before an autograph session with fans. K-State officials provided no information on Najvar’s status.
Holtorf, a 6-foot-4, 293-pounder from Seward, Neb., appears ready to fill in if Najvar is unable to play. Holtorf played sparingly last season and saw time as Najvar’s primary backup in the spring.
There were other no-shows at the event. Sophomore receiver Carlos Strickland, a possible impact transfer from California, was not on the field. Neither was senior defensive back Cre Moore, the expected starter at nickelback.
Jonathan Durham, a sophomore defensive back from Aledo, Texas, took most of the first-team reps in place of Moore.
Elsewhere in K-State’s secondary, it appears Wichita native Denzel Goolsby leads the way at the open safety spot opposite returning starter Kendall Adams. Goolsby spent the entire practice with the starting defense, while junior college transfer Eli Walker was with the backups.
Back on the offensive line, junior Breontae Matthews appears poised to take over a starting role this season at right guard.
One position that offered little clarity was linebacker. Senior captain Trent Tanking appears to be the leader of the group, with Sam Sizelove and Jayd Kirby right behind him. But Elijah Sullivan and Da’Quan Patton also rotated in with the starters. That position battle could linger another three weeks before K-State opens the season against Central Arkansas on Sept. 2.
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