K-State Defensive Player Quotes

Junior Cornerback Byron Garvin

On the play of the special teams...

“Special teams can change a game and we wanted some big plays in the game. We knew we had to go down there and make a big play. Marcus Perry ended up hitting the guy and I ended up making the big play.”

 

On whether the special teams won the game tonight...

“Like I said, it’s a big change in the game. The defense and offense would have had to come through in the clutch and it’s a good thing I made the play so that it didn’t have to come to that point. Yamon (Figurs) made the big play on special teams and I did my thing on special teams. I think that changed the whole momentum of the game. Special teams wins games.”

 

Senior Linebacker Zach Diles

On the improvement of the defense during the game...

“I think we got better as the game went on. It was the first game, as soon as you get out there you’re going to have some jitters. As the game went on, we got better. Illinois State is a heck of a team. As the game went on, we got better with their schemes and what they were trying to do.”

 

On his production...

“I did alright. In the first half you’re just getting your jitters out. In the first half I didn’t really think I played up to par. But I came back in the second half thinking I played better. We just have to keep getting better week to week.”

 

Senior Linebacker Brandon Archer

On the win...

“Of course I’m feeling good. Obviously there’s a lot of work on, and we’ll go over that tomorrow and all of next week. There’s a lot to improve on. A win is a win, but we’ve got a lot to work to do.”

 

On K-State’s defensive performance...

“When you look at the defense after the game, a lot of the stuff is purely us and our mistakes. Those things are going to get corrected. We’re going to focus on how we’re going to play a game, and play live situations that will really show us how to play in those kind of situations.”

 

Junior Safety Marcus Watts

On Illinois State receiver Laurent Robinson...

“He is a good player. We knew that going in, that he was going to be good, and he proved it tonight. He’s a good receiver, it doesn’t matter what class, Division I-A or Division I-AA he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.”

 

On K-State’s overall play...

“We didn’t play well. We played well enough on special teams to win, and special teams wins games. We hadn’t played well on special teams last year, as that was a plus for us tonight. Offensively and defensively we have to get it together. The biggest improvements are between weeks one and two.”