I feel at this stage of the tourny it is too much of a risk to put in 80 chips at this stage.
How do you figure this? More risky than had you called a raise at 500/1000 with like a 20K stack? You're only risking around %5 of your stack.
There's nothing wrong with seeing some cheap flops with mediocre hands in the early stages. Everyone's got their own strategy for MTTs, and seeing flops while the 'crazies' are out there getting all their chips in with TPTK as JeeDub mentioned, is a fine strategy. When you do hit, you get paid off tremendously. I'd rather see flops with even more disguised hands than KQ like J9s, 67s, small pairs, etc so that your implied odds
are even better.