Four games into Kansas State’s football season, defensive ends coach Buddy Wyatt felt the time was right to remind Wyatt Hubert that numbers aren’t everything.

Not that Hubert, the Wildcats’ all-Big 12 end, was complaining, mind you, just that a little positive reinforcement never hurts.

Hubert, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior from Topeka’s Shawnee Heights High School, is tied for the team lead in sacks with 2.0, and his 3.5 tackles for loss trail only senior tackle Drew Wiley’s 4.0. But that’s still not on pace to match last year’s 7.0 sacks and 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Hubert’s statistics can be attributed in part to the extra attention he now draws as a proven all-conference end. Also, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with college rosters, K-State’s coaches have made a concerted effort to rotate in more players in case a positive COVID-19 test takes someone out of the lineup.

“I think Wyatt is having a good year, (but) obviously his expectations, along with everybody else’s is really, really huge,” Wyatt said last week as the Wildcats began preparations for Saturday’s 11 a.m. Sunflower Showdown with Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. “But I told him the other day, I said, ‘Wyatt, you’re having an impact on the game in ways you don’t even realize and that other people don’t realize,’ because they’ve got to pay a lot of attention to him because he’s a really good football player.

“Obviously he’s also kind of a perfectionist, so he wants to do everything just right. As a coach, you love that in your players.”

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