Kansas State football notebook: Nick Allen to start at linebacker in place of Daniel Green
Kansas State defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman said Thursday that junior Nick Allen likely will make his first start at middle linebacker for the Wildcats on Saturday night in the 6 p.m. home opener against Southern Illinois at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Allen, a 6-foot, 221-pounder from Overland Park and Blue Valley Southwest High School, will replace Daniel Green, who was ejected from last week's game against Stanford for targeting and must sit out the first half against SIU. Green led the Wildcats in tackles in the Stanford game.
"It's tough to get upset (at Green)," Klanderman said of the second-half targeting call. "It was certainly not a malicious deal.
"I understand (the rule) is there to eliminate the malicious play. Sometimes we're a victim of the circumstance, and that was just one of those deals, so it is what it is."
Klanderman also said that super-senior safety Jahron McPherson should be at full strength this week after seeing limited action against Stanford.
"He looks better this week in practice; healthier," Klanderman said. "He played 21 snaps, I think it was, in the game.
"We'll be able to get him full speed this week."
Manhattan traffic update — getting to the game
Kansas State football fans heading to Manhattan for Saturday's home opener should be aware of two current road construction projects that could affect traffic flow on the way to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Reconstruction of Kimball Avenue between Candlewood Drive and Seth Child Road (K-113) west of the stadium has reduced traffic on Kimball to two lanes each way, and for pregame incoming southbound traffic, the exit off Seth Child to Kimball is closed.
Fans driving from the north are asked to instead exit Seth Child on Claflin Road and take College Avenue to the stadium. The Kimball construction is expected to be done by mid-October.
The other construction is the Wildcat Bridge replacement project on Fort Riley Boulevard (K-18) near the intersections of Richards Drive, which has reduced traffic to one lane each way. That project is slated for completion in mid-November.
Greet the Wildcats football team
Kansas State fans have an opportunity to cheer the football team before it takes the field for each home game.
Tailgaters and fans can congregate for the team's arrival at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats will arrive on the west side of the stadium approximately 2 1/2 hours before kickoff, or about 3:30 p.m. Saturday for the home opener with Southern Illinois.
The buses will drop the team off at the intersection of the parking lot lanes for Gate 3 and 5 in the west parking lot, and the team will walk into Gate B of the stadium. The band, cheerleaders and dance team also will be on hand, along with Willie Wildcat.