Wildcat starting center reportedly injured, will continue helping as graduate assistant

Then Junior offensive lineman Reid Najvar lines up the ball during the game between K-State and Texas in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 22, 2016. (File photo by Meg Shearer | The Collegian)

Reid Najvar, the Kansas State football team’s starting center for the past two years, has left the field and will now be helping on the sidelines as a graduate assistant.

Najvar, who started all 13 games last season, will not be playing in his senior year due to a concussion-related injury, according to a release from Pete Mundo of Heartland College Sports.

Earlier this summer, Najvar was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. Najvar was also an honorable mention for the All-Big 12 team in 2015, his junior year.

Najvar is a native of Spring, Texas. He played for Klein Oak High School, where he was named as one of the state’s top 100 football recruits by the Houston Chronicle.

For the Wildcats, Najvar was a key factor in the success of the 2016 season, where he helped set the school record for rushing yards in both per carry (5.27) and per game (231.8). He also helped the team rank third in school history for total rushing yards (3,013) and seventh in rushing touchdowns (39), as well as helping the Wildcats rank sixth in the nation in rushing touchdowns.

Najvar joined the Wildcats in 2013. He was redshirted his freshman season and then saw an increasing amount of field time from his sophomore year on.

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