By Mark Janssen
There's a time for anger, and then a time to play angry.
Coach Bill Snyder said that the "angry carryover was probably healthy" in the few days after losing to Nebraska last week, 48-13, but that was followed by the best Monday-type practice of the season. "There was focus there, and the determination was there. There comes a time when sitting around and moping is not going to do you any good."
Of the days after the Nebraska game, senior center Wade Weibert said, "We tried to be our harshest critics. We've come to practice every day trying to get better and fix the things we struggled with."
"Everyone is a little more focused now," said fullback Braden Wilson. "We know we have to pick it up. Even though Nebraska thumped us, we still have a little momentum of a 4-1 season. We can't let the Nebraska game affect us in a bad way."
Blake Slaughter said the time since the loss to the Cornhuskers had not been one of "bashing one another," but instead, "It was more of what can we learn from that game."
The Wildcat linebacker called the current mood more intense "... from the players, to the coaches to the trainers. We are determined not to let that happen again. The intensity picked up a lot. We are all trying to rectify what happened last week."
Summarized, Snyder said that can first be done by "... doing a better job of getting guys where they need to be when they need to be there."
He mentioned that six Big Red plays covered a total of 303 yards and accounted for six touchdowns.
"Speed was an issue, but we gave them the space to run, which then turns it into a foot race, and we couldn't win that foot race," said the coach.
On the flip side, Daniel Thomas was held to a season-low of 63 yards on 22 carries, or 2.9 yards per carry.
Asked about Thomas' mood, Snyder said, "Daniel is always the same. He just wants to do all he can do to help the team. He's a very unselfish type guy. He's hurt like everybody else because he wants to help this team do better."
Quarterback Carson Coffman said of his backfield mate, "Daniel's play hasn't dropped off at all. He tries to model himself after Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and wants to run angry."
Snyder then sent out this reminder: "It takes 11 people to make an offense work. In each of those six snaps that allowed 303 yards, if one guy is where he's supposed to be, those number are not the same. Daniel's performance is no different than it has been, but it takes 11 individuals doing their job."
COFFMAN STILL NO. 1: Snyder indicated that all signs point to Carson Coffman starting at quarterback when K-State lines up against KU. Simplified, he said, "(Carson's) Taking the No. 1 snaps because he's doing the best job. It's not that the other two (Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur) are doing poorly, but it is what it is."
SMITH OUT FOR THE YEAR: Snyder confirmed that wide receiver Brodrick Smith has a broken bone in his lower left leg and will be lost for the season. "It's that kind of sport where injuries occur," said Snyder, who indicated that Smith was released from the hospital on Tuesday and would be lost for the rest of the season. "He's a strong-willed young guy, who will get back with us." The updated rotation of receivers will now be Aubrey Quarles, Tramaine Thompson, Chris Harper and Adrian Hilburn.
BAYLOR GAME AT 2:30: Baylor athletic officials have announced that the Bears' kickoff with Kansas State on Oct. 23 will be at 2:30 p.m. The game will not be televised.