August 5, 2006

Quarterback race still the story Saturday

Until Coach Ron Prince names a starter at quarterback that position will garner most of the attention this fall. Many of the eyes inside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday were fixated on that spot and the play of Dylan Meier, Josh Freeman and Allan Evridge, and the perception of many in attendance was that one quarterback clearly received fewer reps than the other two.

Meier, a fifth-year senior, certainly appeared to be the No. 1 quarterback, at least on this day, as he opened every drill and took the majority of the snaps when K-State went 11-on-11. By our count, Meier was allowed to attempt seven throws in those sessions, Freeman three and Evridge just one.

"I think James (Franklin) flipped a coin, and that decided who would go out there," Prince answered when asked how the quarterback rotation was set. "From what I counted, I had them all getting basically the same amount of reps. That's how we want to keep that, particularly in the early going."

Despite the claim that K-State has no set depth chart at the position the coaches could clearly be heard yelling "Threes!" before Evridge would line up under center, and on some occasions Meier and Freeman, a true freshman, would rotate twice before Evridge took a single snap.

Evridge, when asked about the rotation at quarterback, declined to criticize any perceived lack of playing time but did seem a bit frustrated.

"I would choose not to comment on that one, I guess," he answered. "It's just the way it was, and I guess the way it's going to be."

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