Bill Snyder spoke in Topeka on Monday and confirmed what many already believed to be the case; Collin Klein will likely begin the season as Kansas State's starting quarterback.
Introduced by Snyder as, "our quarterback," the coach went on to say, "starting the fall the first quarterback under center will be Collin Klein," Snyder said Monday. "He and I both hope that he's the last one taking the snap underneath the center but I'm sure it will continue to be competitive as it will at all positions that we have."
Not exactly earth shattering news for anyone that followed Snyder's comments over the spring or watched the quarterbacks perform in the spring game.
Stats can certainly be deceiving in a spring game, so the fact Klein led the team with 358 yards passing has to be taken with a grain of salt. What was far more telling was the amount of snaps Klein took with the top offensive unit (nearly all of them except for a few series by senior, Sammuel Lamur). One has to believe had the race been neck-in-neck between Klein, Lamur, and junior college transfer Justin Tuggle, the snaps would have been distributed much more evenly.
Klein, who will be a junior this fall, saw action in 10 games at quarterback last season after playing wide receiver and on special teams during the 2009 season. He only threw 18 passes on the year, completing 11 of them as Kansas State relied on his running ability rather than his arm. He rushed for 432 yards on 76 carries during 2010.
It was Klein that started and led Kansas State to a 39-14 victory over Texas, rushing for 127 yards while throwing just four passes against the Longhorns.
In 2011, Klein will lead an offense that will be missing Daniel Thomas who led the Big 12 in rushing each of the past two seasons. While Thomas will be replaced in the backfield by Tennessee transfer, Bryce Brown, better and more consistent quarterback play is certainly something the Wildcats will be looking for this fall.
Kansas State has their first big challenge of the season in week three, traveling to Miami to take on the Hurricanes. A win there would give the Cats a huge boost of momentum heading into the first season of Big 12 round-robin play.