The Eyes of Texas: 3 Wildcats the Horns will be watching

Posted October 7th, 2017


On Saturday against Kansas State, the eyes of Texas will be upon …

Jesse Ertz, quarterback

Ertz recorded Kansas State’s 15th 1,000-yard rushing season in 2016, and Collin Klein (1,141 yards in 2011) and Ell Roberson (1,032 in 2002) are the only other Wildcats quarterbacks that bettered his 1,012 rushing yards. Ertz earned 78 of those yards, by the way, in a 24-21 win over Texas. Through four games, he leads Kansas State with 332 rushing yards. The senior also has completed 43 of 82 passes for 706 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Isaiah Zuber, wide receiver

Last year Zuber became the first freshman to catch a touchdown in a Kansas State season opener since 1997. Zuber’s 24 receptions ranked fourth among the Wildcats in 2016 but he has emerged as the team’s top target this season. He’s accounted for 17 of the team’s 44 receptions; no other Wildcat has more than six catches. The 6-foot, 182-pound sophomore has scored against Central Arkansas and Baylor and is averaging 12.2 yards per catch.


Reggie Walker, defensive end

Walker was joined by Kansas State defensive back D.J. Reed on the Big 12’s preseason team’s defense, but he hasn’t yet lived up to that billing. Through four games he has seven tackles and a quarterback hurry. Walker, who checks in at 6-2 and 242 pounds, has blocked a kick, which should make a few fans shudder in Austin. Last year he had 6.5 sacks and was the conference’s defensive freshman of the year.

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