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Kansas State could be without two starters and its backup q

October 25, 1995

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas State could be without two starters and its backup quarterback Saturday against No. 6 Kansas, if Wildcats coach Bill Synder disciplines the three players for being arrested.

Backup quarterback Brian Kavanagh, 22, linebacker Percell Gaskins, 23, and defensive end Nyle Wiren, 22, were arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with an alleged assault in August.

Each was charged with two counts of battery and one count each of criminal damage to property, conspiracy to commit battery and cruelty to animals, said Riley County Police Sgt. Kurt Moldrup.

The players turned themselves in at the police station, Moldrup said. He said they appeared before a judge, who released them on their own recognizance.

Snyder had no immediate comment about the arrests or the players’ eligibility for the 14th-ranked Wildcats’ game with Kansas, sports information director Ben Boyle said Tuesday night.

Athletic director Max Urick said Snyder will handle any discipline.

``That’s done by the team and coach, and Bill has handled it responsibly in every single case,″ Urick said.

Gaskins, a senior from Daytona Beach, Fla., and Wiren, a junior from Oakland, Calif., were second-team Big Eight selections last year. Kavanagh is a junior from Naperville, Ill.

All three face potential fines and jail time. Their court date is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 1.

The alleged incident occurred about 10 a.m. Aug. 20 in retaliation for a confrontation that bloodied two unidentified players earlier that morning, The Kansas City Star reported today.

Steve Kirkland, alleges several football players broke into the house and initiated an assault against him, his roommate, Matthew Aupperle, and Aupperle’s dog, The Star said.

Kirkland claims he and Aupperle were not involved in the earlier incident, which apparently started when two players complained about noise coming from the house.

The complaint turned into a physical confrontation that injured the two players. A larger group returned hours later, by which time those involved in the first assault had departed.

``There were seven or eight players who actually went to the building,″ said Alvan Johnson, director of Riley County police. ``When it got down to the bottom line, there were only three players we could identify and prove they were involved.″

Kirkland sustained superficial injuries and Aupperle required stitches to close a cheek wound.

While departing, one member of the group allegedly picked up a piece of concrete and threw it at Aupperle’s dog from short distance and injured the animal.