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Competition on at Quarterback

By Mark Janssen
 
 
Within the next week, at least in his own mind, Bill Snyder plans to have a starting quarterback in place.
 
He likely won't make it known for human consumption until the week of the UCLA game, and reps are sure to continue to be shared between Carson Coffman, Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur, but he'll have a No. 1 man.
 
Up until now, nothing has changed since the end of spring drills. As Snyder says, "Carson takes the first rep, Collin takes the second rep, and Sammuel takes the third. We're not going to invest that kind of repetition unless there is a belief that they are on an equal stage and will remain competitive for the spot. If we had the decision, we would not equalize their reps."
 
Until then, the three candidates - Coffman (6-3, 211, Sr.), Klein (6-5, 233, So.) and Lamur (6-4, 227, Jr.) - will continue to try to better their respective positions.
 
"I'm playing like there's nothing to lose. I'm just trying to go out and have fun," said Coffman, who started the first four games last year, completing 61-percent of his passes for 860 yards. "At times last year I think I was a little uptight."
 
Coffman was 2-2 as a starter with the losses coming on the road to Louisiana and UCLA. The wins were over UMass and Tennessee Tech.
 
If the Peculiar, Mo., native had a problem, it was the fact that he threw just two touchdown passes in the four games and both those came in the season opener.
 
Of his benching prior to the start of Big 12 play, Coffman said, "It hurt my ego a little bit. It was a tough thing to go through because I really felt it was my time, and I wanted to play. But it's not about me, it's about the team.
 
"I tried to continue to prepare to play because I did know I was only one play away," Coffman continued. "I got a taste of what it was like last year, which gave me a good look at the positives and negatives of my game."
 
What Klein picked up a taste of last year was wide receiver, which is where he played during the second half of the 2009 season, catching six passes for 38 yards.
 
It was an opportunity where, as Klein said, "I gained an understanding of the speed of the game, how to work with the other guys on the team and what it took to build that unity and trust. I think that, in turn, will help make me a better quarterback.
 
"I enjoyed wide receiver, but I'm thrilled to be back home (quarterback)," said Klein. "I enjoy the chess match and the mental side of the game at that position."
 
While Klein took the majority of his snaps at wide receiver last fall, because he continued to take reps at quarterback, he says, "I don't think I lost any ground."
 
Lamur comes to K-State as a well traveled player out of West Palm Beach, Fla. He first attended Independence Community College where he played seven games and completed 41-percent of his passes for 217 yards and then transferred to Joliet (Ill.) Junior College where he played eight games with a 43-percent completion rate for 358 yards.
 
Lamur, the twin brother of Wildcat defensive back Emmanuel Lamur, earned the 2009 Red Raider Award, which goes annually to the top contributor on the scout squad.