Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Defensive Back Marcus Watts

On the secondary defensive unit...

“This past game showed how aggressive we are going to be all season. We are not going to sit back and let teams get three- or four-yard runs or three- or four-yard passes. We are going to come after them with everything that we have. As a secondary, it is a little difficult because it puts us on an island, but we are confident in our ability and our training that we went through that we will get the job done.”

 

On making the switch to the 3-4 defense...

“Obviously the 3-4 defense is a little different than the Cover 2 defense. It is just our style. We have enough playmakers on defense that we can run this style of defense. If we didn’t have as many playmakers as we do, we would have to run a more passive defense.”

 

On getting turnovers this season...

“We want to get three turnovers a game. We didn’t three. We got two. We work on it everyday. We work on breaking to the ball any way we can to create a turnover and get the ball back to our offense so they can score the ball.”

 

On the speed of this season’s defense...

“The 2003 defense was really fast. It is yet to be seen, but we had great pursuit to the ball this past game. We are hoping to get back to the style of the 2003 defense. Hopefully we can keep it going and learn from our mistakes and keep preventing the big plays.”

 

On K-State’s first home game this Saturday...

“I’m really excited. We don’t have many home games this year. This is my last go-around and I want to make sure that these six games are six games that the fans will remember for the rest of their lives and that I, as a senior, will remember for the rest of my life.”

 

Senior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson

On the pass selection of the offense this season...

“I think it will depend on the opponent. Auburn had a great run defense so the coaches decided to throw the ball to beat them. It will depend week-to-week on what the opponent’s defense is. We try to find a weakness and exploit that.”

 

On keeping penalties to a minimum...

“That is something that has affected us the last couple of years. That is something that we have to correct and that we have focused on. We just need to keep working on it and stay focused during the play. We have to eliminate them because I think we had near 150 yards of penalties and that is a lot of yardage to make up in a game.”

 

On the lesson from Saturday’s game at Auburn...

“We can take good and bad things from this game. A good thing would be that we were able to compete with one of the best teams in the nation, and I personally believe that we had the game won we lost it ourselves. The bad thing is the mistakes that we made. We made mistakes and were still able to be in the game. So, we have to eliminate those and who knows where this team will be able to go.”

 

On not overlooking San Jose State on Saturday...

“Some of our older guys have already talked about that, even on the way home from Auburn, that we can’t overlook San Jose State. Some the younger guys might not know who they are or what they have done before, but we know that they have been to bowl games and have won some games. They have a pretty good team, so we know that we have to stay focused on them and we can’t let this Auburn game beat us twice.”

 

Sophomore Quarterback Josh Freeman

On the first drive of the game...

“That is what we had planned on doing the whole time. We just couldn’t keep it going and sustain more drives throughout the game. I felt like we dictated the terms of the game in terms of moving the ball.”

 

On the play of the offense on Saturday at Aubrun...

“Jordy is a big-time playmaker and we have to get the ball to him as much as possible. We had a bunch of other guys making plays for us too. Deon Murphy stepped up. Daniel Gonzalez made some plays. I am very satisifed with the work of our offense.”

 

On his 3rd-quarter slide at Auburn...

“I just planned on sliding and my left leg got hooked in the grass. It has never really happened before but it didn’t turn out how I liked it to be. It hurt a little bit but nothing too bad.”

 

Sophomore Offensive Tackle Nick Stringer

On playing in the Auburn atmosphere...

“We did a pretty good job of handling all of the things that go along with going into the stadium. It holds 90,000 and we have guys up on the line of scrimmage. Being down there with all of the crowd noise, I think we did a pretty good job. There’s always stuff when you go back on tape that we need to clean up and get better for next time, but we did a pretty good job.”

 

On what he said to Alesana before the game...

“I told him, no matter what happens, keep fighting. It’s not always going to be perfect. Do what you do best. You go out and practice against great players every day. It’s nothing different. It’s just a different feel with different guys.”

 

On his confidence level so far this season...

“I think I’m more confident this year. I know what I’m doing a little bit better. I’m reading defenses. I’m trying to have a better pre-snap alignment and know what’s going to happen and what I need to do to make sure I make the right calls.”

 

Junior Wide Receiver Deon Murphy

On playing in front of so many people...

“I loved it. Even if we’re at home or if we’re going up to Lincoln, Neb., I’d love to go play in another crowd like that.”

 

On what he tries to do on the field...

“I’m just playing my game, running the right routes, knowing the plays, knowing what I have to do, and knowing my assignments. That’s going to help the team out a lot. Just do your job.”

 

On if he’s excited to play in front of a home crowd...

“I think I will be. I haven’t had a chance yet, so this weekend will be the first time. I think I’ll be ready for it.”

 

On losing to Auburn...

We’re just going to have to bounce back real hard. That’s a tough loss. We felt like we had it in our hands. But unfortunately, we lost. We came as a team. We lose as a team. We’re going to come back as strong as we can against San Jose State. It’s one game at a time. Hopefully we come out with a win.”