Coach Ron Prince said Monday that sophomore defensive tackle Xzavier Stewart will not be making the trip to Louisville as previously reported after an unspecified injury. However, defensive tackle Gabriel Crews and offensive tackle Edward Prince will be in uniform. Both Crews and Prince were not seen on the sideline against Montana State.
Depth chart changes
The defensive depth chart has undergone significant changes for Wednesday night’s tilt at Papa John’s Stadium. Brandon Harold, a true-freshman defensive end, will make his first career start opposite Ian Campbell. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Harold overtook junior Eric Childs on the depth chart during practice this week. Childs will backup Campbell, while freshman Raphael Guidry will backup Harold.
Senior linebacker Reggie Walker has been moved to outside linebacker and will backup Antwon Moore. Hansen Sekona, a junior college transfer, will make his first career start for the Wildcats. Walker has started 18 games over the last three seasons for the Wildcats.
Junior safety Courtney Herndon has replaced senior Gary Chandler as a starter a week after being named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week.
Senior defensive back Ray Cheatham has overtaken junior Blair Irvin as the starting corner opposite Josh Moore. Cheatham had an interception against Montana State.
“This game will be a good indicator for Brandon Harold, Hansen Sekona and Courtney Herndon and others to see where they are exactly,” Prince said of the changes.
On the offensive side of the ball, senior Ben Liu has returned from injury and will backup junior Nick Stringer at right offensive tackle.
“We feel like we have four good offensive tackles going into this game,” Prince said.
Ahearn Watch party
K-StateSports Information Director Kenny Lannou announced that K-State will set up two big screen televisions at the K-State volleyball game Wednesday night against No. 2-ranked Nebraska to show the Louisville game to K-State fans at Ahearn Field House.
The game will be digitally recorded and shown in its entirety without commercials at the end of the volleyball match.