Backup K-State QB Tavarius Bender leaves program

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- 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.