K-State Spring Game, Sammy Wheeler 1

Kansas State redshirt freshman tight end Samuel Wheeler (19) catches a one-handed touchdown against freshman defensive back Derek Bowman (16) during the scrimmage portion of the team's spring game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in April. Wheeler tore his ACL during K-State's win at KU on Nov. 2, and will miss the rest of this season.

Kansas State’s depth at tight end will be thinner for the remainder of the year.

Sammy Wheeler, a redshirt freshman, tore his ACL during the team’s 38-10 win over Kansas on Nov. 2. Kansas State head coach Klieman said the injury occurred on a non-contact play late in the first half.

“It’s unfortunate,” Klieman said. “(I’m) really sad and sick for Sammy, because he was coming on and really playing good football for us. One of those freak things that you see — he just planted and his knee gave way.”

Wheeler hasn’t had corrective surgery yet, but Klieman noted the injury is severe enough that the Lenexa native won’t be able to participate in spring practice next year as he continues to recover.

Wheeler appeared in seven games this fall, catching four passes for 78 yards.

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