Tavarius Bender has left the Kansas State football team.
K-State head coach Bill Snyder said Monday the freshman quarterback quit the program a couple weeks ago.
“Tay is no longer with the program,” Snyder said during the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference. “He chose not to be here and dropped out of football. He returned home a couple of weeks ago.”
Bender was thought to be battling redshirt-freshman Daniel Sams for the backup QB spot after arriving in Manhattan last winter to participate in spring practice. Now it appears Sams will compete with Mike Johnson, a sophomore from Topeka, for the No. 2 slot behind senior Collin Klein.
From Lincoln, Neb., Bender was the No. 20-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com and top player out of Nebraska last year.