Chris Klieman shares unfortunate injury update on Kansas State linebacker Will Honas

Kellis Robinett

It is beginning to sound like Kansas State will be without one of its most experienced players for the remainder of the season.

Will Honas, a 6-foot-2 and 233-pound linebacker from Wichita, is not expected to suit up for the Wildcats anytime soon.

“I don’t believe so,” K-State football coach Chris Klieman said on Tuesday. “I think the injuries that Will has had are probably not going to allow for him to move forward. We are still holding out hope, but he has had quite a bit of damage on some injuries throughout his time.”

Honas enrolled at K-State in the spring after beginning his college football career at Butler Community College and then spending the next four seasons at Nebraska. He was expected to make an impact on defense for the Wildcats in his final year of eligibility ... if he could stay healthy.

But things haven’t played out that way.

“It has been tough on him, I know that,” Klieman said. “He has been at every game and at every practice. It is probably not responding the way he hoped it would.”

Honas, who suffered multiple season-ending injuries while he was with the Cornhuskers, was limited during preseason practices as he dealt with nagging knee injuries. Those issued lingered into the season, and he has been unable to suit up for any of K-State’s first five games.

The Wildcats had high hopes for Honas when he decided to transfer to K-State. Honas made 144 tackles, including four sacks, during his time with the Huskers.

Before that, he was a standout player at Bishop Carroll High School and then Butler.

Many hoped he could challenge for a starting spot and help the Wildcats on defense. He showed flashes of his potential during summer workouts. But injuries will likely prevent him from doing the same in any games this season.