Archive for Saturday, October 27, 2001

K-State has QB question, too

October 27, 2001


Apparently Kansas University isn't the only football team in the state with a revolving door at the quarterback position.

The Jayhawks, who have started both sophomore Zach Dyer and red-shirt freshman Mario Kinsey this season, are receiving some competition in that department from intrastate rival Kansas State, which has used both junior Marc Dunn and sophomore Ell Roberson.

"I think our players are comfortable with whoever steps on the field to go," KSU coach Bill Snyder said. "It's always our preference to have one quarterback so that there is some continuity with the same person on the field receiving the maximum number of reps that they can get to gain experience. Both of them in our system are young quarterbacks and need all the work they can possibly get.

"That doesn't preclude that two guys couldn't play. That's certainly not the case. But do we intend to do it that way? No."

Kickoff for today's game is 2:30 p.m. at KSU Stadium.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Roberson has played in five games this season all as a starter while the 6-4, 205-pound Dunn has seen the field in four games. The former is thought to be the more athletic of the two QBs, while the latter is a more accurate passer.

Roberson is the leading rusher on the team with 81 carries for 314 yards and five touchdowns, but has completed just 40 percent of his passes (40-of-100) with five interceptions against two TDs. Dunn is 29-of-61 passing (47.5 percent) with three interceptions and two touchdowns.

Neither officially has been named the starter for today's game, but KU coach Terry Allen has a hunch who will get the nod.

"I would suspect it's Roberson, but that's only speculation on my part," Allen said.

When the KSU quarterbacks don't have the ball, look for it to be in the hands of senior running back Josh Scobey, who leads the team with 107 carries for 540 yards and seven touchdowns. The Wildcats' leading receivers are seniors Aaron Lockett (15 receptions for 173 yards and a TD), Brandon Clark (13 for 264 and a TD) and Ricky Lloyd (12 for 165 with a TD).

K-State's starting tight end is a former Eudora High standout, senior Nick Warren.

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