DENTON, Texas — With one game remaining in the regular season, Kansas State's quarterback situation isn't much different than it was during summer practices.
Coach Bill Snyder is still evaluating Collin Klein and Carson Coffman on a daily basis, and he still hands out playing time as if he's holding an open competition for the starting position.
So it doesn't do a whole lot of good to ask Coffman, a senior who has won and lost the job several times in the past two seasons, whether he will start in today’s season finale at North Texas.
"I honestly have no idea," Coffman said. "But I hope I do."
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After coming on in relief of Klein during the second half last week loss against Colorado and throwing for 270 yards and two touchdowns, Coffman would seem to be the favorite to start today. But if K-State's past two games have proven anything, starting the game doesn't mean you will finish it.
Two weeks ago against Missouri, Coffman took the first snap only to be benched for much of the game while Klein rushed for 141 yards on 18 carries.
Klein was awarded the start next time out against the Buffaloes, and after suffering a minor injury — he says he is healthy now and will be available today — watched from the sideline as Coffman moved the offense up and down the field with tremendous efficiency.
While both quarterbacks have accepted their roles, the constant substitutions have been frustrating.
"I would like to be in there all the time, but it's a team game," Coffman said. "When they call on me, I just want to be in there and do the best I can."
Added Klein: "All I know is that whoever is out there is trying their very best to help the team.”
The changing situation at quarterback means the Wildcats have been unable to stick with a single gameplan.
Klein has established himself as the running quarterback. Coffman remains the more-trusted passer.
K-State's offense changes based on which quarterback is in the game.
"That's obvious," fullback Braden Wilson said. "I feel that we have the same level of chemistry with both quarterbacks, and I wouldn't say we are better off one way or the other, but they are a lot different."
That kind of drastic transformation has made it hard for the Wildcats to find offensive consistency.
And much to the chagrin of Snyder, it has held them back.
"It shouldn't be that way," Snyder said. "We need, offensively, to be able to create greater balance on a consistent basis so it's not predicated on who happens to be the quarterback at the time."