Kansas State football's Cincere Mason out for the rest of the season with knee injury

Defensive end Spencer Trussell week-to-week with ankle injury

Arne Green
Topeka Capital-Journal
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MANHATTAN — Kansas State's football team has lost another regular contributor on its defense to injury.

Senior safety Cincere Mason, a regular in the Wildcats' secondary rotation, suffered a knee injury during last week's 34-17 victory over West Virginia and is out for the rest of the season, K-State coach Chris Klieman said Tuesday during his weekly news conference.

Mason, a 6-foot, 217-pound graduate transfer from Kennesaw State, played in nine games for the Wildcats, with one start against Oklahoma. He had 15 tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup.

Mason is the second K-State defensive player lost for the season, joining defensive end Khalid Duke, who suffered a knee injury in the final nonconference game against Nevada. The Wildcats also are without sophomore defensive back Aamaris Brown, who entered the transfer portal.

Mason added depth to a Wildcat secondary that typically starts three safeties.

The prognosis is better for defensive end Spencer Trussell, who left the West Virginia game with an ankle injury.

"Spencer is going to be kind of a game-time decision or week to week," Klieman said Tuesday. "His was an ankle, but we know it's not long term.

"So, can we get him back this week? There's a chance we can. If not, he would be ready for Texas, we believe.”

Trussell, a junior, started the last four games at defensive end and has 12 tackles, including three for loss and a sack this season.