Bill Snyder took center stage at Big 12 Media Days on Monday and he spent 20 minutes talking about a wide range of topics during his news conference including Kansas State’s quarterback competition and his desire for the conference to expand.
On the quarterback front, Snyder said four quarterbacks -- Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Alex Delton and Jonathan Banks -- will enter preseason practices on even footing, saying the competition is “murkier” now than it was during the spring.
Cutting those contenders down to two, and eventually one, will be challenging. Speed will be an important factor during the process.
“It is hard to get all the repetition you would like with four guys sharing the opportunities,” Snyder said. “It will be significant for us to pair that down as quickly as we can.”
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The competition truly appears to be wide open. Hubener served as Jake Waters’ primary backup last season, Ertz started the spring game and Delton has progressed rapidly as a freshman. Banks, a late junior-college transfer, brings athleticism and hype as a four-star recruit.
“Banks is a very athletic young guy,” Snyder said. “We haven’t seen him in a practice environment yet, but he will be one of the four that will be in competition for the position. They are all good guys. They all care. They all do things the right way. I think it will be very competitive. It will just be an issue of sorting it out as quickly as we can.”
There is a possibility he will use two quarterbacks, as he did with former quarterbacks Daniel Sams and Waters, but that is not his intention. He would prefer to settle on a single starter.
Possible Big 12 expansion has also been a hot topic at Big 12 Media Days, and Snyder was straight forward on his wishes.
“I have always favored the way it was at one time,” Snyder said. “I favor a 12-team conference. I favor two divisions. And I favor a championship game.”
The answer was so honest that he was asked a follow-up question on which two teams he would invite to the conference to raise membership from 10 to 12.
He had less to say on that topic.
“I do the easy part: Identifying issues,” he said. “The solution is another story.”