Three players are in contention to replace Jake Waters for Kansas State’s starting quarterback job. There’s sophomore Jesse Ertz and freshman Alex Delton, but the front-runner has to be junior Joe Hubener. Hubener’s the most experienced of the bunch after seeing action in seven games a year ago, completing 9-of-17 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing 27 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Oddly enough, though, the experienced candidate has exactly zero experience as a starting quarterback.
“I have never started a game of high school football at quarterback, so this would be my first starting game as a quarterback,” Hubener told the Wichita Eagle. That is something pretty huge for me. It is crazy.”
A former walk-on, Hubener arrived in Manhattan from Cheyney High School, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. That versatility has served him well as he efforts to take the reins of the Wildcats’ reconfigured offense.
“Joe is a guy who will lower his shoulder down and get that extra yard,” said tackle Cody Whitehair. “You want a guy who can do both (throw and run). You don’t want a one-dimensional offense. That is what Coach Snyder stresses. He likes guys who are two-dimensional.”
Kansas State opens with South Dakota on Sept. 5. For Hubener, it could be a debut in more ways than one.