K-State Sports Extra: Looking for Consistency

By Mark Janssen

"Inconsistency" was the buzz word earlier this week when coach Bill Snyder gave an update on the Kansas State spring football season.

"I think that inconsistency is a blanket statement that covers the entire team," he said.

That starts at quarterback, but extends to each of the 21 other positions making up the offense and defense.

"We started off really hot," said senior quarterback Carson Coffman. "I thought we started out with four great practices, and then the next three were kind of up-and-down. So I think it's just consistency, we need to come out there and bring it every day.

"I know we have it in us, and we are progressing, but just not consistently," said Coffman, who along with sophomore Collin Klein, have separated themselves from sophomore Sammuel Lamur as candidates for the starting job, according to Snyder.

As a quarterback, Coffman continued, "I think that playing consistent as far as checking into the right plays is most important. I think that is what Coach Snyder is looking for. He mentions it every day. If Collin or I check into a good play, he gets pretty excited about that, and I think that is where both of us need to step up and start doing a little bit more."

If there's a single position on defense that has been plagued the most by good plays/days followed by bad plays/days, the Wildcat coach pointed to interior play on the defensive line. That includes returnees Prizell Brown and Raphael Guidry, plus Ray Kibble, a transfer from Navarro Junior College.

"Those positions have got to develop. Things happen so quickly, and success and failure can be determined by a foot or six inches sometimes," said Snyder. "We've got to become sudden in what we do, and that has not been fully created yet."

At other positions, Snyder says that depth is being developed heading into the Spring Game on April 24 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Behind Daniel Thomas at running back, Snyder mentioned the names of William Powell, John Hubert and Tim Flanders as all backs that are "making headway."

"They have some talent. They're good dodge ball players; guys who can go out and play tag and make people miss," said Snyder. "It's evident that they've played outdoors and didn't sit inside in front of a computer. They need experience, but their instincts are good."

Powell is a 5-foot-9, 205-pound senior, who played on special teams last year. A native of Duncanville, Texas, he is a transfer from Navarro Junior College where he rushed for 937 yards and eight TDs in his two-year career.

Hubert is a 5-7, 182-pound redshirt-freshman from Waco, Texas. As a prepster, he rushed for an amazing 2,853 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior. That yardage broke the Waco city record of 2,524 yards formerly held by NFL Pro Bowler LaDainian Tomlinson. Hubert also rushed for 1,747 yards and 22 scores as a junior.

Flanders is a 5-9, 211-pound redshirt-freshman from Midwest City, Okla. Ranked as the No. 9 player in Oklahoma two years ago, Flanders had career totals of 5,143 yards and 65 touchdowns.

At other positions, Snyder gave this look at the depth chart:

Tight end - Travis Tannahill (6-3, 254, Soph) and Andre McDonald (6-8, 282, Fr).

"They make an excellent play, and then turn around and do it the opposite way the next time," Snyder said.

Punter - Ryan Doerr (6-3, 188, Soph), George Pierson (5-11, 204, Sr) and D.J. Fulhage (5-9, 187, Sr).

"If Doerr hits the ball the same way every time, the position would be set, but he suffers from inconsistencies," said Snyder. "As long as he is (inconsistent), the position remains competitive."

Cornerback - Stephen Harrison (5-11, 183, Sr), Darious Thomas (5-11, 181, Soph), Matt Pearson (6-0, 190, Jr), David Garrett (5-7, 175, Jr). Garrett is expected to get far more snaps as a safety than cornerback.

"I think we have the opportunity to create a solid two-deep if they materialize the way we are hoping," said Snyder.

Defensive end - Brandon Harold (6-5, 264, Jr), Antonio Felder (6-2, 244, Sr), and Peyton Kirk (6-5, 264, Jr).