Snyder Standing Firm With QB's

Bill Snyder says he's standing firm with his 1-2 quarterback punt of Carson Coffman and Grant Gregory. But he also says the play of that position, among others, must improve for Kansas State to have the type of season all want.

First things first: This is not to say that Carson Coffman will soon be a first-round draft choice in the NFL.

Instead, it's only written as a reminder of some numbers.

In Josh Freeman's first two games as a Wildcat in 2007, he was 21-of-48 (43 percent) for 393 yards with three interceptions and zero touchdowns. He finished the season with six TDs, but also 15 picks.

By comparison, Coffman is hitting 53 percent of his passes (27-of-52) for 360 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

While the on-paper numbers are decent, all who have followed the Wildcats understand that play at that position must get better for Kansas State to get into postseason play.

"We have to improve our consistency on offense, but we've got to get better at all of it," said Snyder. "We need to have a better balance in what we're doing in that respect. Some young guys have to step up and grow up very quickly."

At the quarterback position, that specifically means Coffman, plus an older guy in Grant Gregory.

Asked about the possibility of Joseph Kassanavoid getting a look, or pulling Sammuel Lamur out of a redshirt year, Snyder said, "We'll probably go with who we've gone with. We're a little too far along to go any deeper than where we are right now."

But yes, the play at that particular position must get better.

"We have a lot of problems and that just happens to be one of them," Snyder said.

"Everything they're doing they have to do better. That's recognizing schemes, where to throw the ball and being more accurate when we do throw it. We have some issues, but both of those young men are good workers."

Trying too hard? Could that be part of the problem on the short-arm passes that have come up short of the intended receiver?

"That could be part of it," Snyder said. "They have the ability to have a peace of mind on the field. The more experience, the greater the confidence; the greater the confidence, the more at ease they will be in their performance."

While K-State's completion percentage is OK at .491 when one throws in Grant Gregory's 0-of-4, it's the yardage of catch that must improve. K-State has averaged 13.0 yards per completion and 6.3 yards per attempt.

"In our system we would like to be at 12.0 and 8.0," Snyder said. "There have been many years we've been above that, but that's sort of a national average."

Last year, K-State was at 12.9 yards per catch and 7.6 per passing attempt.

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