K-State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Head Coach Ron Prince

Opening statement...

“We want to play well and then win. We were able to win tonight. I thought that in some phases we started out really well. I was very pleased with the special teams, the kicking game, to start the game. We think on an on-going basis that’s going to be something that we’re going to have to do with the kind of team that we have. We want to try to be explosive in that area of football. A lot of good individual efforts led to that. Obviously the run of Justin McKinney to start the game that was tremendous, but there were a lot of individual efforts in the blocking of that play and execution.”

 

On the defense...

I thought the coaches did a really good job of trying to find the game for the players this week, trying to have a clear understanding of how this team would like to play, and they showed tremendous patience. There were plenty of times there in the second half in particular with the driving that FAU did, that we felt that we wanted to be patient as coaches and let the players play and ultimately that’s what they did. It was really good confidence for our team to have several fourth-down stops. That was significant. We talked as a staff that anytime you can have a shutout it’s a tremendous thing. It’s one of those things where the coaches deserve a lot of credit, they did a good job of planning and preparing, but the players ultimately made it happen.”   

 

On seeing this type of performance out of his team this week...

“I’m not going to say that I’m an eternal optimist, but this is the standard that I expect. There is a certain way that we want to play football here. I don’t think anyone could predict 45-0, to be frank, but we want to play well. I thought the kids went out to practice well in order to have a chance to do that. I think they received the message and, as coaches, we heard back from them that they wanted to have this kind of standard and play this kind of way. The challenge is to sustain it. I’m not surprised by it, but obviously the score is something that ultimately when other players got into the game, I wanted them to hold that standard. The shutout is a very hard thing to get. We weren’t necessarily playing for the shutout but once it became apparent I think it was a nice goal for the players and I think they were talking about it maintaining it.”

 

On the Wildcats establishing a foundation after two games...

“As far as establishing a foundation, we did that when we first arrived here on the way that we wanted to play football and coaching towards that. As we all know things aren’t always perfect. That was the really the standard of what we’d like to do and how we’d like to play and I think that’s how we’d like to play in the long term. I don’t think anybody can predict 45-0. The things we did in the kicking game - to be explosive to start the game - the way we tried to run the football tonight and some of the calls on defense that we made, it allowed the players to play their best game and ultimately that’s what this game is all about.”

 

On Thomas Clayton’s return helping Dylan Meier...

“I think a running game is a quarterback’s best friend, I really do. There were a lot of things that happened in the game - this is still a work in progress, by no stretch am I saying that we’re there but we made improvement in the areas that we cited. We’re very pleased with that, but there’s a lot of yards that we left on the field tonight so we’ll try to go find those yards when we watch the film tomorrow.”