William Powell will miss the remainder of the season with an unspecified leg injury.
Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder said the Wildcats will have to move on without their speedy kick returner and backup running back during his weekly segment of the Big 12 teleconference today.
Powell, a senior and former walk-on, was last seen two weeks ago blowing by Texas defenders for an eight-yard touchdown late in the game. He was apparently hurt on the play or quickly after. Powell was seen exiting the locker room that day on crutches.
He did not play against Missouri, and will miss K-State’s final two games as well.
The loss is a serious blow to the Wildcats’ special teams unit. Entering last week, Powell led the nation with a kickoff return average of 34.6 yards. He was a threat to score on every kick, and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Baylor.
His speed and elusiveness also provided K-State with a nice change-of-pace runner behind Daniel Thomas. In limited action this season, Powell ran for 250 yards and four touchdowns on 23 attempts.
Snyder was also asked about injured linebacker Alex Hrebec, who missed part of the Texas game with an arm injury and did not play against Missouri.
“We’re still trying to progress him,” Snyder said. “I’m not sure how quickly that will take place.”