Quarterback questions make for tense Tuesday at K-State football press conference

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Head coach Bill Snyder watches a play during K-State's home game versus Texas on Saturday. (Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

There was a different feeling at the Kansas State football press conference on Tuesday, after head coach Bill Snyder appeared to get frustrated at reporters.

The Wildcats are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play, but lots of questions still swirl through many media members’ heads, a majority surrounding the quarterback position.

One of the biggest questions is why sophomore Skylar Thompson is not the clear first quarterback on the depth chart, and what he must do in order to earn it over junior Alex Delton.

“Continue to play well and improve his play,” head coach Bill Snyder said in response to that question.

When asked about what the media is missing on why Thompson isn’t starting, Snyder was firm on his answer.

“What are you missing?” Snyder said. “Probably just that you’re not on the field coaching. That’s probably the only thing.”

Thompson has the edge on Delton in the following categories: passer rating, interceptions thrown, touchdowns thrown, rushing yards, passing yards per game and completion percentage. Snyder is still certain that both guys will see the field each game.

“I don’t know what the stat sheet means, but [Alex] runs the ball well and I think he throws the ball effectively,” Snyder said. “Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. It’s just a comparison that you make between one player and another that play at the same position.”

But the most tense part of the press conference came after a reporter was stopped mid-sentence by Snyder after asking another question regarding the quarterbacks.

“You write whatever the hell you want to write,” Snyder said aggressively.

If there is anything that doesn’t look like it’s going away soon, it’s who should be taking the snaps each Saturday.

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