Sams, Johnson battling for No. 2 QB

By Joshua Kinder

With Tavarius Bender now gone, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has a decision to make as to whom exactly will be his No. 2 quarterback.

The competition is between redshirt-freshman Daniel Sams and sophomore Sam Johnson right now. It’s a competition that’s ongoing and exactly why Snyder isn’t in a hurry to name Collin Klein’s backup before Saturday’s season opener at home against Missouri State.

Snyder said Tuesday during the weekly press conference that it’s not a decision that will be made this week, but rather something that will be dictated by the specific situation on the field at the time.

“There are certain things Daniel is most comfortable with and certain things Sam is more comfortable with,” Snyder said. “It kind of depends on what our needs are at a point in time. Each situation will probably be very different and the decision will not be made presently. It may at some point in time, but will not be made on who’s the number two quarterback.

“It will be based on what it is we need to have done at the time they enter the ballgame and which one best serves that purpose.”

Sams — a 6-foot-2, 211-pound dual-threat QB from Slidell, La. — was thought to be the main competitor with Bender for that No. 2 spot. But after Bender quit and returned home two weeks ago, Johnson has entered into the fold as a possible option.

Johnson — a 5-11, 215-pound former walk-on from Topeka High who doesn’t even have a player bio in the team’s media guide — was on the scout team a year ago after redshirting in 2010.

“Their progress has been somewhat steady with some ups and downs, but the peaks are continually growing,” Snyder said of his two backups. “I think they’ve gained a better perception and understanding of what our offense is all about and what we’re really attempting to do.”

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