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Snyder 'comfortable' with returning QBs

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder expects to hit the junior college recruiting trail hard over the next several weeks looking for potential players.

But Snyder doesn't necessarily think he needs an infusion of talent at quarterback.

The Wildcats, who lose starting quarterback Grant Gregory from this season's 6-6 team, have several players on the roster who will get the first shot at the position.

Among the returning players will be Carson Coffman, who played in six games and started the first four games of the season before he was replaced by Gregory. The Wildcats also have Sammuel Lamur, Collin Klein and Oregon transfer Chris Harper at the position.

"That doesn't mean we wouldn't necessarily take a quarterback because it is such a prominent position," Snyder told reporters Tuesday at his year-end press conference. "But I'm not uncomfortable with what we have returning."

Snyder expects to lean heavily on junior college additions to help alleviate a depth problem that was aggravated by the loss of a large number of junior college players who were recruited by former coach Ron Prince.

"The immediate needs will be community college recruits, some that we thought might come in and compete at a high level for starting positions," Snyder said. "It will probably be an offensive lineman, a defensive lineman or two, perhaps a linebacker. Those are areas that we're looking a little bit more into."

The Wildcats just missed out on a bowl trip, failing to qualify because they defeated FCS opponents Tennessee Tech and Massachusetts as a part of their 2009 non-conference schedule. Only one of those games could be counted for KSU's bowl eligibility.

Snyder said he looks at his first season back after a three-season sabbatical with some regret about his team's late-season performance. The Wildcats were in first place in the North Division in early November and controlled their destiny before losing games to Missouri and Nebraska to finish the season.

"There were some very good things that happened and there were some things that were not very good that happened. There were some disappointments," Snyder said. "But the bottom line for me is that it was a disappointing finish. I was pleased that we made progress during the course of the year. But like everyone else, I was disappointed with the way that we finished."

The Wildcats did show enough improvement over the course of the season that energized Snyder about the upcoming season.

"I think we're ahead of where we were last year when I signed back up for this," Snyder said.