COFFMAN: IT DIDN'T ALL GO AS PLANNED

NEW YORK, NY - Carson Coffman waited for his friend Josh Freeman to head to the NFL and then he thought the K-State team would be his. It didn't totally work out that way when he shared time with Grant Gregory, or, this year when he shared snaps with Collin Klein. Here's what the Wildcat senior had to say about his career heading into the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, against Syracuse.

Carson Coffman's days as a Wildcat went much like those of his father, Paul, when he was a tight end for Kansas State from 1975-1978.

There were good days for dad Coffman who was a part of just six wins, but also plenty of sour ones as those were years when the Wildcats went a collective 0-21 in Big 8 Conference games.

For Carson, with only the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, left to be played, he is 8-6 as a two-year starting quarterback – 2-2 last year and 6-4 this year.

So how does the senior out of Peculiar, Mo., summarize his career?

"To be honest, it hasn't been everything I expected, but God had this plan for me," said Coffman. "He made this to be my experience."

In both seasons Coffman started the season as K-State's starting quarterback, but last year was a non-starter for the last eight games, and this year was forced to come off the bench in two of K-State's last four games.

It leaves Coffman to say, "It's not the career I would have picked out for myself, but I'm sure there will be a time when I look back and understand why it went like this."


While saying that he wished for more wins, like his father said of his years in the mid-1970s, "The high for me and what I will take with me in the years to come has been the friends and the relationships made through the football team."

On the field, however, he awaits for what he hopes will be his one-game high.

"Going to a bowl game has been a special goal," said Coffman. "It's been frustrating the last three seasons to sit at home. I thought our record would be better, but getting to a bowl game is something we really wanted to do."

THROUGH THE YEARS:

Coffman arrived at K-State in 2006 after a storied career of two unbeaten state-title winning seasons at Raymore-peculiar High School. He redshirted in 2006, played in four games in 2007 and six more in 2008 before earning the starting job in 2009.

The 6-foot-3, 211-pounder started the first four games in 2009, and played in two more, passing for 143 yards per game with a 61 percent completion rate with two touchdowns, but four interceptions.


In losing his starting job to Grant Gregory, Coffman admitted that it was a blow to his ego: "Yeah, a little bit. It hurt. It was embarrassing and I worked my butt off this summer to make sure it won't happen again, but then it did. Sitting behind Josh (Freeman in 2008), I just thought when he leaves it's going to be my time to play, and play well for two years. It didn't exactly go like I wanted it to, but it's kind of funny how God has things planned out. It just hasn't been my time."

Throughout the season, Freeman and Coffman kept in contact and traded films for each to view.


"He was my biggest fan all season and I was his (biggest fan)," said Coffman of his former childhood friend and K-State roommate.

Looking back on that 2009 season, Coffman admitted, "I definitely felt a little pressure last year at times. This season was much more relaxed. I'm tried to learn from last year, but also forget part of it."

This season Coffman completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,852 yards, or 166 yards per game. He passed for 12 TDs and including his 131 rushing yards, he accounted for 21 touchdowns in his senior season.

In the last four weeks of the season, Coffman has shared snaps with Collin Klein. While a team player, Coffman said, "It's been frustrating.

It's been like last year all over again, but each week I prepared to be a starter and to do well when I went in. It's a deal where you put trust in your coaches and just try to do what you can do."

HELPING IN TOUGH TIMES:

The Coffman family is full of athletes: Paul went from free agent status to a Pro Bowl and Hall of Fame tight end with the Green Bay Packers; Chase played at Mizzou and is now in the NFL; Camille is currently playing volleyball at Wyoming; and, Cameron is in his senior year of high school and exploring multiple Division I offers where he can continue his career as a quarterback.

Through the rugged times of the last two years, Coffman says, "My family helped a lot. They just continued to encourage me and tell me that they knew that I was a good player. They just said to keep working hard and things would work out."

But at times, it was tough. Tough for Coffman on the field, and for the Coffman family in the stands.

Paul semi-jokes that family members couldn't wear ‘Coffman' jerseys because of how a few fans viewed his son's play.

And Carson recalls, "There was a game where some fans were mouthing off about me and my brother turned around and confronted him. All that stuff probably got to my family more than it did me. Throughout this, I believed in myself, and that's all that really matters."


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