Football. K-State Holds Second Spring Press Conference

April 14, 2015

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the determination of Kyle Klein and not quitting football after an injury...
"I do not know if some others would choose to hang it up. On occasion that may be the case, but I think most of our guys who had sustained injuries normally find their way back. As it relates to Kyle, he enjoys that game and his heritage. I can't say it may have not crossed his mind. You'd have to ask him, but my guess is that he always wanted to get back. By and large, he is motivated to come back. He has always been a conscientious player, always one that has worked hard and stayed focused on detail and what he is responsible for. In my way of thinking, he has just continued on making progress from a football stand-point. The injury is a separate element."

On the competition at the quarterback position...
"As far as the depth chart, nothing has really changed. They have taken their turns being the No. 1 guy and the No. 2 guy. Basically the upperclassmen have split the No. 1 reps and the freshman has split the No. 2 reps, so all three of them are diligently involved. There certainly is not any decision that will go beyond spring practice not for any other reason other than there has not been a clear-cut, clearly-defined individual that you could say that guy is consistently over time our No. 1 guy. One guy has a good day, the other guy has a good day; one has a bad day and so on down the road. It's identical to what it was last week."

On the running backs' progress and if Alex Barnes has made progress...
"Alex has. He has been down a little bit with a temporary injury. Charles (Jones) has probably evolved to the top of the depth chart as it stands now, but it will remain competitive because it is competitive. We have talked about the young freshman, but the other one, Justin Silmon, has really done a nice job and has caught every body's eye. He is a consistent, aggressive, hard runner, and he blocks well. He is investing himself in the race right now. It has defined itself a little bit, but still that is the purpose of spring ball. You want everything to be competitive, it's not just me saying it is. They keep pushing, and that pushes Charles to become better, and I have seen improvement in the areas he has been somewhat deficient in, and that is a good sign. It has come through the competition because it is legitimate competition. He recognizes some of those other guys who are doing well too."

On the change in Charles Jones' game from last season to this spring...
"I think the major thing right now is he has taken note of the need for him to be a more aggressive runner; to run harder, so to speak, and to become more physical in that respect. I think he has responded to that. He has made headway in that area."

On what Judah Jones brings to the offense when playing at his optimal level...
"He has good speed, quickness and allusiveness. I think that is the key element for him as a receiver, but he's not playing at his optimal level yet, that is the deal. That is up to us to bring that out of him."

On if Judah Jones can share some characteristics of Tyler Lockett when playing at his best...
"I think he can. The thing he needs, which is within him, is what drove Tyler. If he can relate to that, which I think he can, that's the part that he's missing right now. He's not as fast as Tyler, but he's reasonably close, and maybe the quickness and change in direction isn't what Tyler's is, but he's close again. He has that skill level."

On if there are any defensive newcomers that are standing out in practice...
"Nothing has really changed. It has been pretty consistent. I think the ones I mentioned last week, some in the secondary, remain pretty consistent. Other than the fact that we have practiced, defensively, I think reasonably well and gotten better and better. The defense was probably ahead of the offense in terms of scrimmages. Yesterday's practice, for the first time, our offense was prominent in the practice and the scrimmage work, and our defense struggled a bit. We had some guys who I had mentioned in here as making progress, had difficulty as well. So we took a step backwards, I think, from that standpoint. In regards to any new guys other than what we talked about last week, that has not happened yet."

Quarterback Joe Hubener
On rebuilding the offense...
"There are a lot of key components that we have to replace. Jake (Waters), Tyler (Lockett) and Curry (Sexton), those are huge. B.J. (Finney) was big on that offensive line as well. That is a big chunk of our offense that we have to replace. We lost a tight end as well. That is a lot of key figures that we have to replace. I think we definitely have younger guys that can step up and help narrow that gap. Obviously the returning players will be crucial as well. They really have to step up their game and be strong. We have three returning starters on the offensive line. Those guys need to be big and really pull up that gap."

On offense's performance in practice...
"There are aspects of every practice that both sides of the ball do well in. If one side of the ball is completely dominating practice, that is not a good thing. We hope we are balanced and I think that fluctuates throughout practice. There are drills where the offense is going to have a rhythm or the defense is going to get a rhythm. I do not think offense was substantially better yesterday. Both sides had their moments."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On the secondary...
"I think we have a lot of potential. There is a lot to be said after playing a full season. I know after the last several years there have not been too many corners that have come back or starters come back. I think we bring a lot of leadership to the defense, and we kind of know what to expect as far as what it is like to play in the Big 12. I think we can also help the younger guys who need to fill in the other nickel spot or other safety spot. We just kind of have that experience along with some other guys on the defense. I think we have the potential to be a great secondary, to continue to build on some of the success we had last year."

On Danzel McDaniel...
"I watched him a lot last year when we watched film, and he comes down on the run really well. He is very physical. That is probably an area I need to work on and something I can learn from him and vice versa. He is a great cover player, too, so I think he is the total package. I think we can learn from each other. Even in practice we will talk about things we can do better. It has been cool to play alongside him and learn from him. We come from different backgrounds and play different ways, so I do think we complement each other."

Wide Receiver Kyle Klein
On coming back from injury...
"Medically speaking, it is kind of a coin flip. You can hurt it, you cannot, there is really know predictors there. For me, I really was not gun-shy because if I am going to be out there, then I am going to be out there. There is no point in doing it halfway or playing scared because then you are kind of wasting your time and wasting your team's time if you are out there constantly worried."

On his goals for the season...
"I want to have fun. We get caught up in the lights, the crowds, and all the attention, but at the end of the day, it is about playing football and about having fun. My goals this year are to hopefully contribute to the team in any way I possibly can and just have fun with it. It is my senior year. I have one more shot to go out and play football, and I plan on making the most of it."

On having open positions at receiver...
"It is very encouraging and very motivating. When you play this game, you want to have that job, you want to be able to go out there and start. You want to go out there and catch passes and contribute and all those kinds of things. It is highly motivating to know that there are opportunities."