Whenever Kansas State has a preseason quarterback competition, Bill Snyder prefers to wait until the opening game is a few days away to announce a starter.
That is once again the plan leading up to this season. Snyder will likely announce a winner between Jake Waters and Daniel Sams at the beginning of next week. Traditionally, he waits until Tuesday.
The routine isn’t new. How it compares to other quarterback announcements across the Big 12 is. This year, Snyder may reveal his starting quarterback before a handful of his fellow Big 12 coaches.
As of Wednesday morning, only four Big 12 teams (Texas, Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State) know who their starting quarterback will be for Week 1. Six quarterback battles remain ongoing. Most of them will likely end in the next few days, but at least two will continue up until opening kickoff. Both TCU’s Gary Patterson and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy have said they won’t announce a starter before gameday.
The way Patterson talks, he might not release an official depth chart until his team takes the field for warm-ups against LSU.
It’s interesting to see Big 12 coaches embrace the secretive trend. Though Bob Stoops has said he will choose between Blake Bell and Trevor Knight this week, others have provided no timetable. You won’t see any Big 12 coach announce his starting quarterback online the way Gary Pinkel did at Missouri.
The longer they wait, they more they can surprise their opponents in Week 1. There is upside there. Of course, there is downside, too. If you wait too long to name a starter, your quarterback might not be able to build good chemistry with the offense.
Timing is important. Snyder is treating K-State’s current quarterback competition the way he always has. He knows what works for his program. His peers seem to be adapting.