Wildcats narrowing quarterback race

Bill Snyder has a quarterback decision to make before his second season, and though it might not be made until fall, he's working toward it early this spring. Grant Gregory's graduation left him with Carson Coffman, Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur to step under center in 2010.

"I am not prepared to make any distinction at this particular point. When I say distinction, I mean a first-team, second-team, third-team," Snyder told reporters on Monday afternoon.

Coffman has the most experience of the three, earning the starting job in camp last season before later ceding the job to Gregory. He didn't appear in any of the Wildcats' final five games, but with that experience, he's the likely front runner.

Oregon transfer Chris Harper won't be taking reps at quarterback, instead working solely at receiver while Lamur plays the role of more mobile quarterback more in the mold of Ell Roberson and Michael Bishop, who Snyder saw plenty of success with.

"Sammuel probably has the longest route to travel because of inexperience, and not being involved with the offense for the same period of time that the others had," Snyder said.

Lamur worked mostly as a scout-team quarterback last season.

Klein, a 6-foot-5, 231-pound sophomore is back at quarterback after catching six passes for 38 yards as a freshman last season, when he worked as a receiver.

"We would like for someone to surface above someone else," Snyder said. "At this point in time that has not taken place, and I did not anticipate that it would this early. The sooner it happens the better, obviously."

Coffman, of course, is the conservative choice, and with Daniel Thomas likely to be the central figure in the Wildcats offense, the winner won't make or break the Wildcats season. But if Lamur can show some consistency and doesn't turn the ball over in camp, he could win the job, despite being a less-polished passer. Lamur's running ability could take some pressure off Thomas and open holes for him to run if Snyder turns to an option game. Thomas took snaps out of the Wildcat last season, so don't confuse Snyder as a coach who refuses to innovate.