OLATHE — Chris Klieman said he’d been on the go all day Friday. So by the time he spoke with reporters at a KC Catbackers event just outside the Kansas City limits, he said he wasn’t aware of the news of the day: Kansas State wide receiver Isaiah Zuber will transfer to Mississippi State.
“Well, I wish him well,” said Klieman, K-State’s first-year head football coach. “He’s a good kid. I like Isaiah. Probably a change of scenery was good for him. I’m happy for him.”
Zuber entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal last week. At a Catbacker Tour stop in Wichita on Wednesday, Klieman declined comment on Zuber’s potential transfer.
Not only does Zuber’s departure rob the Wildcats of their most proven receiver — he ranked first on the team in catches (52), receiving yards (619), touchdown receptions (five) and yards per game (51.6) in 2018 — but he joins a forthcoming foe: K-State travels to face Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi, at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.
Third-year sophomore receiver Landry Weber, who attended Friday’s event, said Zuber leaving is “tough” to stomach. But he said the Wildcats’ wideouts will trudge forward.
“Obviously, we’d love to have him on the team,” Weber said. “But at the end of the day, we know that’s our brother. We wish him the best. Whatever is best for him, that’s what we want.”
Weber found it amusing that Zuber will be wearing a maroon-and-white uniform when K-State enters Davis Wade Stadium in September.
“I thought that was kind of funny,” Weber said, “but we’ll see what happens. There’s no hard feelings, obviously.”
Zuber transferring was even more difficult for Dalton Schoen to reckon with.
A fifth-year senior, Schoen noted that Zuber was his roommate “every time we traveled” for a road game the past two seasons.
“On a personal level, I love ‘Zube,’” Schoen said. “So I want to see him succeed. I want to see him do well.”
That being said ...
“Week 3, we’re going to be squaring off against him,” Schoen said. “So it’s time to go to battle. But I’m not too worried. I don’t want to get caught up in that. I just want to mainly focus on what we do have coming back in this room: the young guys.”