MANHATTAN — Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder is in no rush to name this week's starting quarterback.
During his weekly news conference Tuesday, he said Collin Klein and Carson Coffman are both being considered for the job. It could take him all the way up until Saturday's 11:30 a.m. kickoff at Missouri to make a final decision.
At the moment, they are on level footing.
"Flip a coin," Snyder said. "Who do you want?"
Arguments can certainly be made for both players.
Should Snyder go with Klein, he will have a hot hand who used his mobility to lead the Wildcats to an easy victory over Texas last week in the first start of his college career.
If Snyder goes with Coffman, a senior, he will have a more proven passer who has started eight games this season and has experience playing on the road.
With Coffman recovering from a mild ankle injury, Snyder thought Klein could do more for K-State's offense last week. So he inserted Klein into the starting lineup and watched as Klein led the offense by rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
His speed and agility added a whole new element to the Wildcats' running game, which totaled 261 rushing yards.
"Collin, he's a great runner," said senior running back Daniel Thomas. "Teams got to respect that. Texas didn't know what to expect with Collin, because they'd never seen him on film. Collin opens it up for me and for everybody else because he's such a threat to run the ball."
But is he a threat to throw the ball? Thanks to the productivity of K-State's running game, the Wildcats built a big lead on Texas and attempted four passes on the night. Klein completed two of them for nine yards.
He had the option to throw more, but was hesitant to take any chances in his first start.
Missouri won't be surprised if K-State goes with the run-heavy strategy again. The Wildcats may be forced into using a more balanced offense.
"I don't think we'll be able to get away with passing for nine yards anymore," Thomas said. "It got us a win this week, but I think they will be keyed on the run with Collin a little bit more. So we'll have to open it up."
That's where Coffman comes in.
While Klein, who ran a spread offense in high school, says he "can make any throw on the field," and Snyder is confident in Klein's throwing ability, Coffman is the better passer. He is also healthy again.
If he has a strong of week of practice, Snyder won't hesitate to put him back in the starting lineup. He is open to playing both quarterbacks as well.
Coffman didn't speak with the media Tuesday, but Klein said K-State will be ready to play its next game regardless of who its starting quarterback is.
"I think our team is going to work really hard no matter who is back there," Klein said. "It is a little strange. It's probably not the typical mold you would see. But maybe that credits coach Snyder's leadership and the maturity of our team to be able to perform when there is a little uncertainty at that position."
Road Warriors — K-State finishes its season with three straight road games. Snyder admits it won't be an easy way to close out the year.
"You hate to say it's a challenge to go on the road to play," he said, "but numbers are numbers and they probably indicate that it's a little harder to (win)."
Pals with Paterno — Penn State coach Joe Paterno won his 400th game on Saturday. Snyder, who is friends with Paterno, was asked how long it would take him to reach the same number.
"I told him that I could get him in the next 169 years," Snyder said. "It's an amazing thing."