It appears Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker’s season could be in jeopardy after leaving Saturday’s game against Texas Tech with a right knee injury.
Walker, who’s been one of the most inspirational leaders for the undefeated Wildcats, tweeted this week that he’s on crutches.
On Tuesday — though K-State coach Bill Snyder didn’t specifically address Walker’s injury — it became very clear the junior would be out indefinitely and could miss the rest of the season.
K-State fullback Braden Wilson was visibly shaken during Tuesday’s weekly press conference when asked about his injured teammate.
“He’s the kind of guy who really needs to be out on the field, for his sake,” he said. “With us out there, giving it everything we have, that’s going to be mean a lot to him, even though he can’t be out there.
“He’ll be there in spirit with us. It’s a sad deal, but as always, we just need to keep on moving.”
Moving forward without Walker starts with the Wildcats’ game Saturday at home against Oklahoma State. And though Walker has just 19 tackles this season there’s no doubt his role has been significant — on and off the field.
“He’s a quality young person, does all the things he’s supposed to do, works well in the classroom, has been very important in our leadership of our program,” Snyder said. “He works hard, practices hard, and does all the right things — good guy.”
Sophomore receiver Curry Sexton said he had “no doubts that you’ll see Tre back out there next August.”
“Tre is one of the spiritual leaders of this team and I think he helps so much on and off the field,” Sexton said. “That’s something that remains to be seen, but we have guys on this team who have stepped up into a more vocal leadership role.”
Senior Jarrell Childs and sophomore Jonathan Truman are expected to absorb most of the playing time with Walker out.
Childs has 32 tackles and a sack this season, while Truman has registered 18 stops.