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Battle for No. 2 quarterback spot heated

By Cole Manbeck

The battle for the No. 2-quarterback job has been competitive between redshirt freshman Daniel Sams and sophomore Sam Johnson, who’s a walk-on from Topeka High.

“(Sams) is very athletic, which is a very positive thing,” Snyder said. “He has capabilities to do certain things, but he has not done them yet. He has the ability to throw the ball, and he has not done that yet, at least in the spring.

“For whatever reason, Daniel really caught your eye as a scout-squad quarterback. Now that he has to accumulate all this information, I think it is somewhat slowing him down. He has a long way to go but he is a talented young guy.”

“Sam Johnson is a player who understands the system. He is kind of an undersized quarterback, but he really gets it. He understands our offense and understands defenses. He makes good decisions. He is a very secure quarterback.”

Snyder said Tay Bender, a true freshman who arrived at K-State in time for spring ball, is making headway.

“Bender is kind of a combination guy who runs the ball very well,” he said. “He is deceptively fast. He is athletic. He throws the ball with a good motion. He does not always know where he is going with it right now as a freshman. He just needs to keep learning the offense and keep understanding defenses, so that is still a work in progress.”

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