Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Adam Holtorf to Start at Center for K-State Football Team

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Adam Holtorf to Start at Center for K-State Football Team

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Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz will be taking snaps from a new center this season.

K-State coach Bill Snyder confirmed Monday that returning starter Reid Najvar will not play his senior season and Adam Holtorf will be the starter when the Wildcats open the season Saturday against Central Arkansas.

Najvar started every game last season but during fall camp he reportedly had to step away due to concussion issues. Snyder didn't specify the reason for Najvar's absence.

"Reid is going to school," Snyder said on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "He is not going to participate this year. He'll be with us. He's a part of our team, he just won't get on the field."

Najvar was present for the Wildcats' media day on Aug. 3 but he did not participate in the open practice on Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 12, appearing on the sideline in street clothes. He was honorable mention All-Big 12 last season, his first as a starter, and began this year on the Rimington Trophy watch list for the top center in the nation.

Holtorf, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound sophomore from Seward, Neb., appeared in two games last season. He fills the middle spot on a veteran offensive line anchored by junior right tackle Dalton Risner and sophomore left tackle Scott Frantz.

"Adam has always been a prominent player for us," Snyder said. "He's been able to play guard and center as a backup in previous years and has done well. He's a very conscientious young guy and he's a tough young guy. His execution is very concentrated. He's just very much into what he's doing. He's been on the field so it's not like he hasn't had experience."

K-State will release its depth chart Tuesday. The Wildcats, ranked No. 20 in the AP poll, face Central Arkansas at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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