Will Collin Klein start against Missouri on Saturday? Or will Carson Coffman regain the top quarterback spot?
Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder did not address that topic during his weekly segment of the Big 12 Teleconference today, but he did say there is a chance both quarterbacks will see action.
“I’ve never been committed to saying that we can only play one guy,” he said. “We’re in a position where we have less than 70 guys on scholarship. We don’t have a stock pile of people. We have to play to the talents of the youngsters that we have.
“You have to utilize all your youngsters the best that you can. That’s true at the quarterback position like it is anywhere else … I don’t have a problem playing two.”
Klein made the first start of his career against Texas two days ago and torched the Longhorns with his running ability. The sophomore rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and added a whole new element to the Wildcats’ running attack. But he was also asked to throw the ball four times. Coffman is a stronger passer.
Snyder said he would like more balance against Missouri. So platooning both quarterbacks could make some sense.
But it could also tip the defense off to what is coming. Coffman = pass. Klein = run. If the opposition changes its formations based on those equations, playing one quarterback could make sense.
It’s a decision only Snyder can make.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said it will be difficult to prepare for either scenario.
“Each quarterback brings a little bit different skill set to the position,” Pinkel said. “(Klein is) a really good athlete and a guy who can do a lot of things with his feet. It certainly changes (the gameplan). That’s something we’re going to have to look at and evaluate.”
– Snyder said it was difficult to bench Coffman on Senior Day.
“It’s early in the season,” Snyder said. “You’re having Senior Night, and we play 600 road games between now and the end of the season. He would want to be on the field and wanted to be a starter. But he’s a team player. Coming off the injury the previous week I’m comfortable he understood. He’s always been pretty helpful to Collin and his preparation.”
– Snyder said Alex Hrebec and William Powell are undergoing test work “as we speak,” after sustaining injuries against Texas. Hrebec has an injured arm. Powell left Snyder Family Stadium on crutches.
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