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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Snyder still searching for a QB as KSU practices continue

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

New Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn't anywhere close to naming a starting quarterback after the first six days of practice.

Carson Coffman is involved in a tight battle with Collin Klein and Joseph Kassanavoid for the job to replace Josh Freeman as the Wildcats' starter.

"There are those inconsistencies that we talk about," Snyder said. "It flourishes at the quarterback position."

Coffman, the younger brother of former Missouri All-American tight end Chase Coffman and son of former KSU and NFL standout tight end Paul Coffman, was the first player inserted into the lineup.

But he hasn't finished the job of claiming the starting job, Snyder said.

"Carson has taken the vast majority of the snaps at the number one position, but that is not in any stretch of the imagination written in stone right now," Snyder said. "I think Collin and Joseph have taken the rest of the reps and we've tried to equalize them as much as we can, although we probably haven't done it as much as we really should. But there is a high degree of inconsistency we need to improve on."

Snyder did see some flashes in the Wildcats' workout on Monday that encouraged him.

"Last night's practice was the first out of six that there was a little more of that consistency and it was a regular practice with a lot of repetitions taken, but I did see a little spark," Snyder said. "But then again, overall we have been inconsistent. If there had to be an order, it is merely for getting lined up and putting them on the field and somebody had to be number one. And that is Carson."

The Wildcats still have a long way to go in spring practice until their May 2 spring game. Look for the quarterback battle to play out well past that game -- the final spring game among Big 12 teams.