K-State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince

Opening statement...

“First of all, I have deep respect for the Marshall program, going back to my playing days of 1990 and 1991. This is a very proud program. They’re a young team. They have a lot of really bright days ahead of them. They’re very well coached, and they’re a hard-nosed team. They’re put together the right way, and we knew it’d be a very challenging game today. I couldn’t say enough positive things about our defense. For two weeks in a row, they have no points scored against them. That’s the kind of defense we want to play. It’ll be increasingly tougher to play that way. Based on what I’ve watched, the collective mentality of these players, and how they’re relating to the coaching, and how they’re understanding how exactly we want them to play, I’m very pleased with that. We play defense to get the ball back. There comes a point in the game where you have to be a tremendous tackling team, and you have to have an understanding of how to make sure the other guy’s quarterback can never stand in the pocket without thinking that it’s going to collapse on him and he might get hit. You have to make the ball go where you want it to go. That’s defensive football. I can’t say enough positive things about the defensive staff and the players on defense and how they approached the game. Their preparation was terrific all week. We had a really good plan, and we were really pleased with the outcome, obviously, and we felt that was the reason we had a chance to win the game.”

 

On how the defense was flying to the ball...

“One of the things we talked about, when we first arrived here, was to have a fast team. We want to play on an ongoing basis, a game that’s fast, strong, tough and disciplined. We did all four of those things on defense today. That’s why the outcome is the way it is. We’re playing a lot of players on defense, and they’re getting coached. They’re improving week to week, which is what they need to do. To be able to play that number of players, there’s been certain teams that I’ve had to go against in the last five years, that play that kind of frenetic pace and that kind of depth, and it’s very difficult to match on offense. It’s very difficult because of the timing and the chemistry that’s necessary on offense. It’s very difficult to play that many players on offense, and play with that kind of precision. And that’s a positive thing. We hope it serves us well. Every game is hard to win. Ahmad Bradshaw, who I think is one of the best running backs around, after the game, I went over and embraced him. We signed him at Virginia and he never got the chance to play for us, but that kid is a player. To be able to bottle him up effectively, I was really pleased with that. Their quarterback is a real challenge. They have a really good scheme. They’re coached very well. That’s why my hat is off to the defense today.”

 

On the play of the offense...

“I was aware of how the ball was moving. I felt the ball could have moved much more effectively as it relates to penalties. When I say playing a clean game, I don’t like penalties, and I don’t like it when the ball is moving in an ineffective fashion. I thought there were a lot of yards left on the field today. We’re going to commit ourselves to fixing that.”