The leading receiver for the Wildcats is a tight end named Rashaad Norwood. The 6'3 junior from Kansas City, Kan., has 143 yards receiving on 13 catches, after only having 14 total catches in his career before this season. Last week, after K-State's 23-7 victory over Marshall, Norwood was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice, and he has been ruled inactive by coach Ron Prince for this weekend's matchup with the No. 8-ranked Louisville Cardinals.
"After reviewing all the circumstances, Rashaad won't play this weekend. I'm disappointed in what happened and I'm disappointed in the circumstances that would lead to such an event.
I think it's a privilege to wear a K-State uniform. I anticipate his return and I think he'll do it. I think he'll have a positive attitude when he returns. The judicial system still has its course to take in all this but I think there is a higher standard that you have to play to and live by when you're in this position. I don't think it's a reasonable expectation to have those kinds of things occur, particularly when you have so many positive things occurring around our program and our community – my expectation is higher than that."
The loss comes at the worst possible time for the Wildcats, who will sorely miss his contributions to the offense as they prepare to face their biggest challenge of the season thus far. Also, Prince would not say how long Norwood would be suspended for, and he could possibly be forced to miss subsequent games.
Senior running back Thomas Clayton does not seem to think Norwood's absence is going to slow down the Wildcat offense much.
"I have no doubts that whoever is behind (Rashaad Norwood) is going to step up and get the job done," Clayton said. "I'm sure whatever tight end is in there; he's going to be productive. There won't be any drop off there."
Norwood might not playing, but his teammates will be on the field Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and they have a game to prepare for. Here is what some of the players had to say about the highly ranked Cardinals.
Linebacker Reggie Walker
"They are the real deal, but we are not sorry either so it's going to be a good game. Compared to last year, they are probably going to be one of the best teams I have ever played against, if not the best."
Senior defensive tackle Blake Seiler on playing a team ranked this high
"This is why you play football and this is what everybody came here to do so we're really excited for this. We can't wait for Saturday."
On what must happen in order to beat Louisville
"We are going to have to play great on defense, play great on special teams, definitely play great against the run and have a good pass rush."
The Louisville backfield was loaded with Heisman Trophy candidates at the beginning of the season, but senior running back Michael Bush was lost for the season after breaking his leg during the season-opener and junior quarterback Brian Brohm injured his hand last week during the 31-7 victory over then-ranked No. 17 Miami. He had to have surgery and will likely miss about 4-6 weeks.
Wildcat senior defensive tackle Quintin Echols commented on the importance of Brohm and Bush not playing in the game and how it could affect the game plan.
"You always want to play against the best players but from what I have seen their backup quarterback and running back are just as good so it doesn't look like much of a drop off at all." Sophomore quarterback Hunter Cantwell will step in as the starter for Louisville and senior Kolby Smith will continue starting at running back for