Why Collin Klein leads K-State’s QB race

For the first time since Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder returned to the sidelines, the Wildcats have a clear favorite in the race for starting quarterback.

Collin Klein will take the first snap with K-State’s offense when preseason practices begin in early August. From there, it is Snyder’s “hope” that Justin Tuggle and Sammuel Lamur are capable of competing with Klein for the right to take the first snap with K-State’s offense against Eastern Kentucky.

Doesn’t exactly sound like Snyder will need until the Tuesday before opening day to name his starter, does it?

That’s not to say Klein has already won the job. He hasn’t. But it is clearly his job to lose.

“He’s made tremendous strides in regards to his leadership of our football team,” Snyder said of Klein. “That’s extremely important. He’s made tremendous strides in his understanding. He’s a very intelligent young guy and grasps concepts well. He’s just grown and grown and grown in his understanding of the offense and how to have dominant control of our offense.”
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Postgame: K-State 49, N. Texas 41


1. K-State escaped Denton, Texas with a win. Sure, it was ugly at times, and the Wildcats needed 49 points to hold off a bad Sun Belt team, but a win at this time of year is a win. Let’s all remember that. K-State finished the regular season with a winning record at 7-5 and will head to its first bowl game since 2006. Both positives.

2. Welcome back Daniel Thomas. It’s been a while since we’ve seen you run like that. Not since you started the season with a big, 234-yard day against UCLA have you found space and picked up huge chunks of yards. After three straight games of receiving fewer than 20 carries, K-State finally treated you like a workhorse runner again and you delivered. A whopping 269 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries is the reason K-State defeated North Texas.
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Postgame: CU 44, K-State 36


1. Carson Coffman was limited to about 32 minutes of action, but you’d never know it looking at the final stats. The senior quarterback came on in relief of Collin Klein and absolutely torched Colorado’s defense by completing 16 of 23 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He also scampered in to the end zone from six yards away for a score.

Throughout the second half, he made beautiful passes and continually found Aubrey Quarles and Chris Harper in tight situations near the sidelines. He was on the money all afternoon, and the one time he made a pass and threw into coverage Quarles fought for him and caught a tipped pass. It was the best K-State’s passing game has looked all season.

2. David Garrett continues to standout on a weak defense. On an otherwise awful day, the junior cornerback was everywhere for K-State. He made a whopping 16 tackles (14 solo and two for loss) and broke up a pass.
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Postgame: Missouri 38, K-State 28


Mistakes doomed the Kansas State football team on Saturday. The Wildcats turned the ball over four times and let a close game slip away from them in the third quarter. Here’s a deeper look:

1. Collin Klein once again looked fantastic running the ball. The sophomore quarterback came off the bench to lead K-State on three scoring drives and amassed 141 rushing yards on 18 attempts. He also completed four of six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Defenses have yet to figure him out. In the first half he converted a third-and-long near his own end zone by breaking loose for 36 yards on a quarterback draw. Questions remain about his throwing ability, but the bigger question after Saturday’s game was why didn’t he play more?

2. Tre Walker is making a huge impact on K-State’s defense as a freshman. The linebacker led the Wildcats with 12 tackles and also grabbed an interception in the third quarter.
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Bill Snyder discusses QB situation

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.
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Postgame: K-State 39, Texas 14

At one point during its 39-14 victory over Texas, Daniel Thomas said one of the Longhorns’ defensive backs began complaining of boredom.

That pretty much sums up what happened Saturday night. The Wildcats ran the ball so effectively and often that Texas cornerbacks and safeties had little to do. The plan caught the Longhorns by surprise and K-State easily picked up its sixth win of the season and became bowl eligible.

Here’s a deeper look:

1. Collin Klein added a whole new element to K-State’s rushing attack. The sophomore quarterback made the first start of his college career and rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He made good reads throughout the night, and his speed was a nice complement to Thomas’s bruising running style. Read More »

Gameday Preview: Texas at K-State

Coming into the season, this looked like a very compelling game.

After dropping its last two games to Kansas State, it seemed like Texas would have revenge on its mind today in Manhattan. And with a traditional Big 12 powerhouse coming to town, the Wildcats would have the chance to pick up a statement victory.

The game is still compelling enough to be televised nationally at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, but it isn’t the match up everyone expected. The Longhorns (4-4) are struggling like never before under coach Mack Brown. The Wildcats (5-3) have lost two in a row.

Still, bowl implications mean the game is still important for both sides.
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Postgame: OSU 24, K-State 14


A week ago, 42 points seemed like all the Kansas State football team would need to defeat Baylor. Yesterday, holding Oklahoma State to 24 points seemed like all the defense it would need to hand the Cowboys a loss.

As it turned out, neither scenario led to a Wildcats win.

One week, the offense is good and the defense is bad. The next week, the offense sputters and the defense delivers. Clearly, K-State needs both to win games. Here’s a deeper look:
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Gameday Preview: OSU at K-State


Two surging offenses are about to encounter two struggling defenses.

That means those headed to Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday can expect a shootout.

Kendall Hunter will be going up against Daniel Thomas. Carson Coffman and his suddenly efficient arm will be challenged to outplay Brandon Weeden. And Oklahoma State’s wide receivers will be asked to fill in for the suspended Justin Blackmon.

With Kansas State and Oklahoma State’s defenses ranked 100th and 97th in the nation, respectively, forcing punts should mean more than usual. Turnovers will feel like touchdowns. The objective in this game is simple: Score.
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Postgame: Baylor 47, K-State 42

Kansas State’s offense was good. Its defense was bad. That’s all you really need to know about the Wildcats’ 47-42 loss at Baylor yesterday.

But here is a deeper look at everything that transpired in Waco, anyway.

1. Aubrey Quarles is turning into a real weapon at wide receiver. The senior caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown Saturday, and was consistently wide open. His route running improves every game, and he has the best hands on the team.

2. William Powell is no Brandon Banks, but he is awful close. The backup running back terrorized Baylor with huge kick return after huge kick return, and regularly gave K-State stellar field position. He took four returns up field for 172 yards, and broke free for a 100-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
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