For all its far-reaching effects, the coronavirus pandemic robbed Kansas State’s offensive line of the one thing it could never replace.

What the Wildcats’ front five needed more than anything was time. Time and experience.

But after missing out on spring practice and a good portion of summer conditioning, that’s where K-State’s revamped line finds itself heading into Saturday’s 11 a.m. season opener against Arkansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

With all five starters gone from a year ago, it’s time to see just how far along their replacements are.

It is the challenge,” K-State offensive line coach Conor Riley said of the lost preparation time. “The thing we continually talk about (and) the biggest thing that we lack is experience.

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