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Kansas State Wildcats lose two more football transfers ahead of Pop-Tarts Bowl

A dozen Kansas State football players have decided to transfer away from the Wildcats since the regular season came to an end.

The latest two departures entered their names into the NCAA transfer portal on Monday.

One will be a significant loss on defense. Nate Matlack, a 6-foot-5 and 249-pound pass rusher from Olathe, has opted to pursue a fresh start elsewhere after playing in 37 games for the Wildcats.

The junior defensive end made 12 tackles, including four sacks, this season.

Overall, he made 36 tackles and 9.5 sacks during his career. A former three-star recruit, Matlack has been a valuable member of the K-State defense since he broke into the rotation as a redshirt freshman.

The Wildcats also lost a running back on offense.

Anthony Frias, a 5-foot-10 and 212-pound ball-carrier who came to K-State from Modesto Junior College, is also on the move. The redshirt sophomore played in eight games this season and finished the year with 42 yards on 13 rush attempts.

Frias played sparingly behind Treshaun Ward and DJ Giddens. He will likely look for an opportunity to see more action elsewhere.

Neither Frias nor Matlack are expected to play for the Wildcats when they head to Orlando on Dec. 28 for a game against North Carolina State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.

The Wildcats will have to make due without a dozen, or more, departing players this postseason.

Here is a reminder on all the K-State players who have entered the portal, including quarterback Will Howard:

  • Collin Dunn (linebacker)

  • Anthony Frias (running back)

  • Will Howard (quarterback)

  • Adryan Lara (quarterback)

  • Will Lee (cornerback)

  • Nate Matlack (defensive end)

  • Christian Moore (fullback)

  • Shane Porter (wide receiver)

  • Jake Rubley (quarterback)

  • Treshaun Ward (running back)

  • Wesley Watson (wide receiver)

  • Jordan Wright (cornerback)