Backup K-State QB Tavarius Bender leaves program

Backup quarterback Tavarius Bender has left No. 22 Kansas

State.

Wildcats coach Bill Snyder confirmed Monday that Bender is no

longer with the program, and indicated that he returned home to

Nebraska ”maybe a couple weeks ago.” The freshman enrolled early

at Kansas State in time to participate in the spring game.

Snyder said the backup for Saturday’s season-opener against

Missouri State will depend on the situation, but he declined to go

into details. Daniel Sams and Sam Johnson are both options.

Snyder also said offensive lineman Boston Stiverson will not

play against the Bears. Keenan Taylor is the next in line to

replace him.