Wednesday, October 13, 2010


K-State QB pick a mystery


Steve McGarrett, played by the late John Joseph Patrick Ryan (stage name Jack Lord) in Hawaii Five-O, never took things at face value.

“I’m not buying it, Danno,” he was fond of saying. “It’s too clean, too neat, too convenient. Something’s not right here.”

No way McGarrett would have bought Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder’s stance that nothing has changed at quarterback. So far, Carson Coffman has been the starter, Collin Klein the backup, Sammuel Lamur the third option.

“There is not a 1-2-3,” Snyder said at Tuesday’s presser in Manhattan. “I indicated earlier in the week that Carson is taking the snaps with the number ones right now. I would imagine that when we get to game time, it will probably be the way that we will end up going. And he is taking the No. 1 snaps because he is doing the best job, not that the other two are doing poorly. It is what it is. We still have a little time. We have a practice this afternoon, but in all likelihood, Carson will be our starter.”


By any standard, Coffman has performed poorly for the Wildcats (4-1), but he has won 80 percent of the games. His arm is neither particularly strong nor accurate. His release is slow and telegraphed. He’s not a running threat.

If Snyder gives the nod to Coffman, it’s an indication he believes strongly that this is a game Kansas State will win by not losing it. The oddsmakers agree, making the ’Cats 21⁄2-point favorites.

Coffman doesn’t make plays, but because he has the most experience and best feel for the offense, he’s the least likely to make a costly mistake.

Lamur is the fastest and has the strongest arm of the three candidates, but reportedly doesn’t have as advanced a feel for the offense and is more of a ball-security threat.

Snyder’s a conservative guy, and starting Coffman is the conservative play here, but that doesn’t make it the right play. Kansas proved it can win a game against a decent opponent that lives and dies by the run. Georgia Tech fell short of preseason prognostications, but remains a more talented team than Kansas State.

Though Coffman shapes up as the safest play on paper, even that option is a gamble for Snyder, in a way. Kansas has tons of film on him, and playing Coffman allows the Jayhawks the luxury of loading the box to slow down Daniel Thomas without fearing Coffman will make them pay.

Lamur’s running ability gives Kansas State a better chance of winning the game with a play, but his inexperience gives the Wildcats a better chance of him losing the game with a careless play. The fact Snyder went to Klein second and Lamur third, conspiracy theorists such as McGarrett will tell you, means that Kansas should spend more time preparing for Lamur than Kelin, and the conspiracy theorists are right on that one.

KU coach Turner Gill said he doesn’t think the identity of K-State’s quarterback will matter much.

“They’re going to do what they do,” Gill said. “Obviously we’re aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each quarterback they put in, but I don’t think that’s going to make a drastic change of what they do offensively.”


kerbyd 9 years, 4 months ago

All I have to say is "book 'em Danno."

KU_FanSince75 9 years, 4 months ago

A repeat of the Georgia Tech game result without the dramatics would be nice!

KGphoto 9 years, 4 months ago

The fact that you know Jack Lord's real name is perfect. I'm guessing you also spent a lot of time rolling for damage. "I here by cast a level 2 charm spell".

Come to think of it, the whole damn commercial is a young (or current) Tom.

kureader 9 years, 4 months ago

You haven't made a post in months that didn't call for Gill's dismissal ... and it doesn't matter what the article is about. LJW could write an article about KU basketball and your post would still say, "Gill has to go".

Get over it already. He'll be here for awhile.

aviebs51 9 years, 4 months ago

First off let me say this....I am a diehard KU guy. Havn't missed football/basketball games for a long time.

Now having said that....I was not/am not a huge Turner Gill guy. But I am sick and tired of seeing people call for his head. Gimmie a break. It seems that some KU fans are just flat out unrealistic. They forget where this program was prior to October 28th 2006 when Reesing and group started getting it together. For the 2 decades before that game KU has a record of 94-140-2. Now somebody please tell me where we as fans should be able to expect a NEW coach, with NEW wr's, NEW qb, NEW defensive starters to put together another a good season let alone another Orange Bowl season. There was a 4 year run where KU had success. But the guys that were responsible for that are gone. The coach who was responsible for that is gone. KU is not at the point where they are a Texas or OU where they can "reload" and have 8 win seasons year in and year out. KU has just recently come onto the map as a FB school and they accomplished that all in 1 year. There are way too many fans that expect us to be competing for the Big 12 north titles year in and year out. Don't get me wrong I WANT to be the team that is mentioned as competitors but is this realistic at this point in time?

They say it takes a coach 4-5 years to develope his program. I think we should stand behind our coach and give him a fair amount of time. We are already in the conversation with recruits that 10 years ago wouldn't have given us the time of day. Just because he doesn't "sound intelligent" in some of his interviews and because this team is struggling right now doesn't give us the right to call for his head. I'm not saying that I agree with the decision to hire Coach Gill but like it or not he is our Head Coach. I think that in times where things aren't going well is when we as fans need to especially rally around this team. To expect this team to have a ton of success is a bit unrealistic.

Having said that I hope that we do have success and that I for one will be in the stands tomorrow night cheering my head off for a KU victory.


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