Coffman Motivated By 2009 Experience

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Carson Coffman was a four-game starter last year, but only four-games. When the Big 12 season started, it was Grant Gregory who emerged as the Wildcats' No. 1 signal caller. Now, Coffman says he's ready to become K-State's starter for a second year.

Carson Coffman is using the experience as "motivation." In his words, "It's a new year and I feel confident."

Coffman earned the job as Kansas State's starting quarterback last fall, which he kept through a 2-2 start to the season entering Big 12 Conference play.

But when the starters were announced in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium for the league opener against Iowa State, the name called was Grant Gregory.

"I never was told why they made the switch," Coffman said. "I guess they thought Grant was a little better. It was frustrating, but I had to put my own selfishness aside and do what was best for the team."

Coffman's four-game accuracy as a starter was OK at 61 percent, but it was for just 143 yards per game, plus passing the ball into the end zone was basically non-existent. In fact, Coffman's only two passing TDs came in the second quarter of the season opener against UMass.

After that, it was 14 consecutive quarters without a touchdown pass.

"I understand that didn't happen, but I'm not sure what prevented it," said the 6-foot-3, 211-pound senior. "That's one of the things I'm working on this spring. Once inside the 20, I have to get it in the end zone."

Today, Coffman is in the triangle that also includes junior Sammuel Lamur and sophomore Collin Klein as candidates vying for the starting quarterback role.

"As a team, I think we're way ahead of where we were last year, and individually, I think I'm ahead of where I was last year," said Coffman. "I know the offense and I'm more comfortable checking into better plays. Things are just more natural.

"Things were slowed last year because we changed offenses when coach Ludwig (offensive coordinator) left just as we were getting our offense in," Coffman said. "Now we've had a season and a half with the same offense and we just know what we're doing."

Coffman says he doesn't think coach Bill Snyder has a leading candidate. At least he hopes.

"Coach Snyder likes to be in good plays," Coffman said. "I think it will be the guy who can get us out of bad plays and into more good plays that ends up starting."

Coffman said he learned as much as he could last year by watching "and taking mental reps," and adds, "I feel like I've grown a lot since last year."

But this year, as a senior, the Peculiar, Mo., product knows this is his last hurrah. Now, he says, "I just have to make the most of it. I feel like I'm the No. 1 guy."

For certain, he'd like to be the No. 1 guy within an offense that has more play-making parts than any team in recent history.

"We have a great group of wide receivers and Daniel (Thomas) knows the offense better," said Coffman. "Last year being a running back was new to him, and he would tell you that he didn't know where the holes were. It's scary to think how good he can be this year."


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