K-State names Coffman as starting QB

MANHATTAN, Kan. | Carson Coffman was named starting quarterback at Kansas State by coach Bill Snyder this afternoon. Coffman beat out transfer Grant Gregory and will start K-State’s Saturday night opener against Massachusetts at Snyder Family Stadium.

Coffman, a 6-foot-3 junior from Peculiar, Mo., was thought to have the lead in the race for the starting job because of his participation in spring drills. Coffman has appeared in 10 games the past two K-State seasons, completing 28 of 46 passes for 308 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Gregory, a sixth-year player who transferred from South Florida, was not eligible to participate in spring drills. A 6-1 senior, Gregory was a two-year backup to South Florida starter Matt Grothe and appeared in six games last season.

Snyder said Monday that the starter was not guaranteed the job past Saturday’s start and had to earn more starts. He also indicated that both quarterbacks would play against UMass.