Spring football look back

Kansas State started its spring season with questions at several key positions, and many of those questions remain.

But some were answered, allowing us to better speculate how the Wildcats will look in a little more than four months when their season begins against UCLA at Snyder Family Stadium.

For starters, coach Bill Snyder has established Carson Coffman as the front-runner at quarterback.
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It’s a three-man race for quarterback

Grant Gregory is out of eligibility, Billy Cosh just finished high school and Chris Harper is locked in at wide receiver.

With those factors in mind, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder says there are only three candidates currently vying for the Wildcats’ starting quarterback position:

Senior Carson Coffman, sophomore Collin Klein and junior Sammuel Lamur.

All three are drastically different players who bring something unique to the football field. Right now Snyder says Coffman brings experience, Klein has an ideal frame and Lamur features athleticism.
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An update on Grant Gregory

I ran into former Kansas State quarterback Grant Gregory in Manhattan today, and he seemed to be doing well.

He said he will be in town throughout the semester, and is currently working and attending school. In the summer, he will try to become a graduate assistant for a football team somewhere in the South. It is his dream to become a head coach at the college level.

Kansas State is not a likely destination, but he said coach Bill Snyder is actively helping him catch on at another school.

I asked if his injury woes throughout his single season with the Wildcats were as painful as he indicated in this AOL Fanhouse article, and he said yes.
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Looking back at the football season

After starting 3-1 in the Big 12, playing Oklahoma tough on the road and beating Kansas at home, it’s hard to believe the season is already over for the Kansas State football team.

In Bill Snyder’s return to coaching, the Wildcats improved as the season went along, showed incredible toughness following a lopsided loss at Texas Tech and brought excitement back to the gridiron before finishing with a 6-6 record.

K-State got better in several aspects this season, and when Missouri and Nebraska were playing sub-par football while the Wildcats were sitting all alone atop the North standings, it really looked they were going to win the division.

But as it turned out, they were simply the first North team to get its act together.

Snyder and his tireless work ethic gave K-State an early jump on the field, but once Nebraska found its groove and took down Oklahoma, the Cornhuskers became the team to beat in the North.
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Postgame: K-State 17, KU 10

Kansas State’s 17-10 victory over Kansas on Saturday goes to show just how far good coaching combined with a strong running game can take a team.

Daniel Thomas ran over, around and through the Jayhawks for 185 yards and a touchdown. K-State’s defense tightened up every time Kansas threatened to score and allowed 10 points. Grant Gregory made no major errors.

Just like that, the Governor’s Cup returned to Manhattan.
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Live Blog: K-State 17, KU 10

FINAL
It’s a done deal. The fans are still in their seats SCREAMING the K-S-UUUUU Wildcats cheer.

Good win for the Wildcats. They run out the clock and win 17-10 to stay on top of the Big 12 North standings.

3:07 4th Quarter
Kansas is beginning to call timeouts in an attempt to save clock.

K-State can end the game with a series of good runs here.

5:20 4th Quarter
Kansas just made its first field goal of the game and has pulled to within 17-10.

The drive ate up all kinds of clock and ended with a 46-yard field goal.

Kansas State will get the ball back after the ensuing kickoff. A touchdown return from Brandon Banks would be perfect for the Wildcats right now. But a handful of first down runs by Daniel Thomas would do the trick too.
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Gameday Preview: KU at K-State

The Sunflower Showdown is always a big game, but today’s battle between Kansas and Kansas State goes way beyond bragging rights.

If the Wildcats win they will further increase their lead atop the Big 12 North standings and be in terrific shape to go on and win the division.

If the Jayhawks win they will become bowl eligible and get back into the conversation for a North title.

Both teams have only a few games remaining, and anything is possible. But it will be awfully hard for either of these squads to get to where they want to be without first picking up a win in Manhattan.
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Postgame: Oklahoma 42, K-State 30

Before Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder joked that he wanted to appeal the NCAA and start this contest in the second quarter.

Had he gone through with the plan and somehow had that idea approved, the Wildcats would have left Norman with an impressive victory.

Instead, they were outscored by 21 points in the first quarter and lost 42-30. The first-quarter onslaught was nothing new for Oklahoma. Coming into the day, the Sooners had outscored their opponents 58-0 in the first quarter.
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Gameday Preview: K-State at Oklahoma

Oklahoma is ranked and Kansas State is not. Oklahoma is a 28-point favorite and Kansas State is not. Oklahoma is playing at home, where it has won a nation’s best 27-straight games, and Kansas State is not.

On the surface, this game is a mismatch.

But, at 5-3, the Wildcats do own a better record than the Sooners. Having won their last two games, they are also riding a longer winning streak than Oklahoma.

They are little things that won’t mean much once the game starts, but they have given K-State a jolt of confidence.
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This week’s player to watch: Grant Gregory

Grant Gregory took Kansas State’s offense to another level earlier this season when he got his first collegiate start against Iowa State.

All of a sudden, the Wildcats had a quarterback with fast feet, a quick release and the passion of a player who only had a few games left in his college career.

Gregory, a senior transfer from South Florida, has even fewer games remaining now, and if K-State is to make a run at beating Oklahoma tomorrow he will need to once again raise the overall level of K-State’s play on offense.
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