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Kansas State picked up a dominate win over South Dakota on Saturday, but it wasn’t without its costs. On the Wildcats first drive of the game, starting QB Jesse Ertz was carted out of the game.

Unfortunately, it looks like he won’t be returning this season.

Bill Snyder confirmed the news in his weekly Big 12 teleconference.

“Jesse is going to be out for quite some time,” Snyder said. “We will miss him. We feel badly about the loss and he will be there. He has been a wonderful individual for us, very representative of our value system, of our team and really developing as a leader.

“I am quite confident he will stay invested in what we are doing and will be very helpful to all of his teammates. We will move on.”

Snyder didn’t specifically say Ertz would be out for the full season, but it definitely doesn’t look good. It’s an early casualty to a season that otherwise got off to a promising start.

The injury came in Ertz’s first career start, and just his second snap. The sophomore quarterback has already used his redshirt, he may be able to receive a sixth year of eligibility given how early the injury occurred.

Kansas State will now rely on backup QB Joe Hubener, a former walk ok. Against South Dakota, he put together a decent performance by completing nine of his 18 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m sure it surprised the daylights out of him to be on the field as quickly as he was,” Snyder said. “He still has a lot left to be desired, but under the circumstances I thought he played well.”

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