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Like They Came Out of the Spring

Editor's Note: Today, "K-State Sports Extra" begins a nine-part look at the 2010 Wildcats with each assistant coach taking an in-depth look at his respective position.
 
 
By Mark Janssen
 
 
You know the old saying: spring forward, fall backward.
 
Well, after a slight slippage in his play last fall, the quarterback game of Carson Coffman has indeed seemed to spring forward.
 
"Carson has improved tremendously," said K-State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Del Miller. "His comfort level and command of the offense has improved, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio in the spring was excellent."
 
Miller says that Coffman connected on 78-percent of his passes during the spring season and threw just one interception out of 108 passing attempts to emerge from the spring, and enter the fall, as the leading candidate to be K-State's starting quarterback for the second straight year.
 
But just a shoe-length back is Collin Klein, who had just one interception in 200-plus throwing opportunities during spring ball before being sideline by an injury.
 
"Collin just needs time. He hasn't had as many snaps," said Miller. "But his work-ethic is unbelievable and his leadership skills have improved. He definitely has some talent."
 
This leads Miller to say, "We haven't decided to make a call on our quarterback. We'll go into fall like we came out of the spring, which means Carson, Collin and Sammuel Lamur."
 
Coffman, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound senior from Peculiar, Mo., started the first four games last season before giving way to Grant Gregory in the Big 12 opener against Iowa State, and for the rest of the season. He ended up passing for 860 yards with a 61-percent completion percentage, but also with just two touchdowns to four interceptions.
 
Playing the majority of the snaps in the 2010 Spring Game, Coffman enjoyed a 38-of-51 passing day for 440 yards and with a whopping seven touchdowns against the Wildcat reserves.
 
"His confidence was shaken last year, but he's now playing with a great deal of confidence," said Miller of Coffman, the son of former Kansas State tight end Paul Coffman. "It's the second year in this program after learning coach (Ron) Prince's offense two years ago and then Andy's (Ludwig, who briefly was hired as K-State's offensive coordinator upon coach Bill Snyder's return), and now this offense. That's three different offenses in a short amount of time."
 
Klein, a 6-3, 233-pound sophomore, has the better size, plus Miller says, "He's one of the strongest guys we have on the team."
 
The Loveland, Colo., product came to K-State as a quarterback, but last year made the move to wide receiver during the season. As Miller says, "He was too good of an athlete not to have on the field."
 
Klein did continue to work with the quarterbacks during his time as a receiver where he caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.
 
In separating the two quarterbacks from the spring drills, Miller pointed to the fact that Carson put his team into the end zone over 40 times while Klein was able to muster points "... only into the teens."
 
Lamur, the twin brother of Wildcat safety Emmanuel Lamur, is 6-4 and 221 pounds. The junior transferred to K-State a year ago from Joliet (Ill.) Junior College, but also played at Independence Community College.
 
"He's a raw player who still is a work in progress in terms of learning the offense," said Miller. "He throws the deep ball pretty well, but he also puts the ball in some bad places. His interception ratio is pretty high."
 
IN THE WINGS: Expected to be redshirted is freshman Billy Cosh (6-1, 219), who is a product of Arundel High School in Gambrills, Md. Cosh set a state record in passing with 3,913 yards as a senior, plus he ranks No. 1 in Maryland state history with 112 career touchdown passes. Cosh is the son of defensive coordinator Chris Cosh.
 
GOTTA IMPROVE: K-State quarterbacks passed for just seven touchdowns last year with only four of those coming in Big 12 games.
 
BROTHER ACT: Klein's brother, Kyle, signed with K-State last February.
 
COACH MILLER, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 14th season at Kansas State: Del Miller, 59, came to K-State from Iowa on Snyder's original staff in 1989 ... left to be head coach at Missouri State from 1995-98 ... returned to Kansas State in 2001 ... when Snyder retired after the 2005 season, Miller went to San Diego State ... has coached in 13 bowl games with Iowa and Kansas State ... product of Central College in Pella, Iowa.