Quarterback Race Ongoing As K-State Continues Training Camp

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State football team continues to prepare for its 2009 season opener as the Wildcats have completed 14 of their designated 20 training camp workouts following Tuesday’s practice.

Head Coach Bill Snyder, who enters his 18th season overall at K-State in 2009, talked on Tuesday about the quarterback position and ongoing competition between four players, including Carson Coffman and Grant Gregory.

“No decision has been made (on a starter) and just about every time that I seem to think that someone is starting to pull away, the pack closes the gap on them,” Snyder said. “I would say that on any given day they are probably pretty equal at this point in time. Now, the longer it goes it makes it harder and harder because it is human nature to settle into routines and to settle into performance levels. I am trying to encourage that someone needs to rise above it all and continue to make that kind of improvement. And that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been improvement, I’m not saying that, but not enough and not consistently enough for one to firmly establish himself.”

Coffman, a redshirt junior, and Gregory, a senior transfer from South Florida, both possess experience and are vocal leaders for the program but that experience is diverse, according to Snyder.

“They both seem to do some of the same good things,” Snyder said. “Carson, having been here in the spring, has had a little more experience. He’s had 15 days more experience in this actual system and many more days than that when you encompass the offseason program and all that goes along with it. Grant probably has more playing time experience and has been around the game for a few more years with this being his sixth year in college football. Both of them come from football families, are pretty astute, and try to be good students of the game. ”

Snyder also commented on quarterbacks Joseph Kassanavoid and Collin Klein, both redshirt freshmen, and their continued progression throughout camp.

“Joe and Collin have both done reasonably well,” Snyder added. “But, they haven’t progressed at quite the same level that the other two have. They continue to make improvement and do good things.”

Wildcat fans will get their first look at the quarterbacks, along with the rest of the squad, on Saturday at Fan Appreciation Day. Fans can access the stadium for practice beginning at 5 p.m. and following the workout, will be addressed by Coach Snyder and player captains. Fans will then be able to participate in an autograph session with all players and coaches on the field.

Kickoff for the K-State Family Reunion on September 5 is set for 6:10 p.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Both season and single-game tickets for the 2009 football season remain available to the general public, including individual reserved tickets for as low as $20 for the UMass game.


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