Family Feud

There are a great many rivalries in College Football that lend to the unique passion of the game. Sibling Rivalry may be at the top of the list. For those with older brothers and sisters -you know there is nothing more satisfying then a win against your brother or sister. Cat v Tiger in the Brotherly Brawl.

Life will be a bit simpler this weekend for Paul and Amy Coffman, as it's only one game that they will have to travel to ... and it can be in the same car.

For the only time this season, sons Chase and Carson will be at the same stadium for a Saturday of football.

Chase is the premier tight end of the Missouri Tigers; Carson is the backup quarterback of the Kansas State Wildcats. Those teams play Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium starting at 11:30 a.m.

The Carson brothers, Chase a junior and Carson a freshman, are still best of buds calling each other at least once a week.

"We talk football, but a lot of it is just what's going on in our lives," said Chase. While the players are Wildcat - Tiger rivals, Chase said he didn't rub it in last year when Mizzou blistered K-State 41-21, thanks, in part, to his own six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.

"I didn't rub it in the last time. I'm not like that," Chase said. "But I know he had friends that did."

Coffman has 47 catches this season with seven touchdowns for the 9-1 and No. 6 ranked Tigers. Little brother Carson has played in three games as Freeman's backup.

He's not a starter yet, but his big brother thinks he has that kind of talent.

"Carson has always been a competitor. He's not going to shy away from competition," said the 6-foot-6, 245-pound all-Big 12 tight end candidate for the Tigers. "Josh (Freeman) is a great quarterback, so it's going to be a challenge, but I know Carson will work to get the job."

Chase knows, because he saw Carson at work at Missouri's Raymore-Peculiar High School, where he passed for 3,196 yards and 42 touchdowns leading his club to consecutive unbeaten Class 5A state championships.

"I'd like to see him (Carson) win the job," Coffman said. "I just know that Carson has a lot of potential, is smart, has a good arm and makes good decisions. I hope he gets a chance."

Parenting the Coffman boys have been Paul and Amy, with dad being the former tight end with Kansas State (1975-77) and later reaching stardom with the Green Bay Packers.

"I have never seen Kansas State films, but at times he pulls out his NFL highlight film," Chase said. Giving a slight smile, he added, "He was pretty good."

While Chase went to Columbia to make his own mark, Carson is playing were dad played.

"My dad has obviously left a legacy to follow," Carson said. "It's a neat experience for me."

When in college, the elder Coffman and KSU all-American Gary Spani were best of buddies. Today, son Carson is playing football for the Wildcats, while Spani's daughter, Shalin, is a member of the K-State basketball team.

As for advise from dad tight end to son tight end, Chase said, "Always work hard. Go 100 percent. Even if you do something wrong, people will notice how hard you're trying."

While wanting a Wildcat victory, Carson did say, "I want to see him (Chase) do well. Even when they come here, I want to see him do well."

While the Tigers are the big favorites, Carson did offer these fighting words: "I wouldn't be surprised if we get up early, we can beat them."


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