Snyder 'Mum' on Starting QB

KStateFans.com
Posted Oct 7, 2009


While most expect Grant Gregory to be the starting quarterback Saturday at Texas Tech, coach Bill Snyder wasn’t saying as much during Tuesday’s press conference. We Break Down the Latest Injury Updates and Position Changes...See Who

The question almost seemed silly: “So coach, will Grant Gregory start on Saturday at Texas Tech?”

Coming off a 24-23 victory over Iowa State on Saturday when Gregory’s scrambling ability resulted in two touchdown passes, the answer from Bill Snyder was surprising: “I don’t know yet. We’ll decide later on. We have a week of practice. That’s not cat and mouse. He (Gregory) knows that, and Carson (Coffman) knows that.”

Starting his first collegiate game, the sixth-year senior completed 16-of-23 passes for 206 yards, plus rushed for 29 yards and accounted for three touchdowns.

His pass rating of 164.8 ranks second highest for a quarterback making his debut as a starting Kansas State quarterback dating back to 2001. The only higher mark by 0.99 was scored by Josh Freeman against Oklahoma State in 2007.

On trying to leave the high of the Iowa State win behind and look to the future, Gregory said, "It is not hard to do. I have waited so long for this opportunity I cannot start thinking about that past. It is time to move on and focus on the best team that we have played to this point and just try to find a way to win."

INJURY UPDATE:
Snyder indicated that linebacker Ulla Pomele would likely be ready to play at Texas Tech after missing the last two weeks with an undisclosed injury. The Wildcat coach also said that DE Brandon Harold was going through limited drills. Asked if the sophomore may redshirt, Snyder said, “It’s a possibility.”

POSITION UPDATES:
Snyder has acknowledged that redshirt-freshman Joesph Kassanavoid is now a defensive end, and while redshirt-freshman Collin Klein is a starting wide receiver, he’s also the No. 3 quarterback.

“We had an awful lot of quarterbacks to begin with … seven or eight of them out there … and we needed everybody we’ve got,” said Snyder. “Rather than have them stand around with their hands in their pockets, they wanted to be on the field, and we wanted to give them every opportunity to play.”

Snyder said he approached Klein about the move, while Kassanavoid approached the coaching staff on his position switch. TEXAS A&M KICK SET: K-State announced Tuesday that the Oct. 17 game with Texas A&M will be televised by Fox College Sports and kickoff at 6 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.


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