Kansas State Player Quotes - 9/19

Kansas State Player Quotes.

 

Senior Linebacker Maurice Mack

On the Louisville game...

“We’re not worried about the rankings or records right now. One team had the opportunity to play Miami, and they beat them pretty well. As long as we do what we need to do, I think we can get the job done.”

 

On playing ranked non-conference teams...

“It just helps us in the long run for when we play Big 12 schools. Each year, from top to bottom, every team is getting better. The more we can play big-time non-conference games, the better off we are.”

 

On the team’s feelings about playing a ranked team...

“Everyone came into practice on Monday, and we started our preparation for Louisville. The coaches were pretty excited. It’s kind of like a fire. If everyone catches it, people better watch out.”

 

Sophomore Defensive End Ian Campbell

On K-State’s defensive performance so far...

“I think, for the defense, you always have to try to get better every game. Our confidence is pretty high right now. Everyone is feeling pretty good about what we’ve done so far. At the same time, we haven’t really accomplished anything. We have big steps ahead of us. It’s a long season, and we have to keep getting better.”

 

On Louisville’s offense...

“I think they are very talented. I don’t want to take away from Marshall, because they had some talent too. Louisville probably has more talent as a whole group. We’ve just got to take it as any other game, go out there and beat the guy across from you.”

 

On K-State’s defense...

“We all take a lot of pride in defense, and I think every team does. As far as the lynch mob, there have been great defenses here in the past and we want to get it back to that level. I don’t know if we’re quite there yet, but there is more talent here now than there has been in the past few years.”

 

Senior Running Back Thomas Clayton

On offensive productivity...

“Obviously it’s going to come down to us having more points than them at the end of the game. We’re definitely going to have to be more productive offensively, and that’s our objective this week. If you take a look at what our defense has done the past two weeks, it could just come down to a field goal. There’s no telling.”

 

On the absence of tight end Rashaad Norwood for this week’s game...

“I have no doubts that whoever is behind (Rashaad Norwood) is going to step up and get the job done. I’m sure whatever tight end is in there, he’s going to be productive. There won’t be any drop off there.”

  

Senior Quarterback Dylan Meier

On this week’s game...

“There is a spark, and you could see that spark last week. You can take that times two this week. We’re ready. It’s going to be fun at practice.”

 

On playing ranked teams...

“This is what players like. I’m sure the coaches prefer us to play a few easier games. (Players) don’t want to go out there and play the last-place teams in Division I-A. The players enjoy it, and I think you’re going to see a new tone from our players this week.”

 

On establishing the running game...

“Coaches are going to establish their game plans. As a quarterback, I’m going to want to see a good running game. I expect to see it. We’re still putting our game plan together, and I definitely think we’re going to need a running game for sure. We’re going to need to establish something on the ground, and I hope it works.”

 

Senior Defensive Tackle Blake Seiler

On adjustment changes for QB:

“It’s all about us on defense; we’ll have to do our thing and regardless of who they have playing, we’ll have to play the same game.”

 

On playing the eighth-ranked team in the country:

“This is why you play football and this is what everybody came here to do so we’re really excited for this. We can’t wait for Saturday.”

 

On how serious this game is...

“I guess you could say with this team you have to take it seriously, otherwise you are just going to get beat. We definitely have to have a great week at practice and go into Saturday and play well.”

 

On what must happen in order to beat Louisville...

We are going to have to play great on defense, play great on special teams, definitely play great against the run and have a good pass rush.”

 

Senior Defensive Tackle Quintin Echols

On playing Louisville...

“It’s not to hard to get pumped up for this one. For me it’s definitely not hard to get pumped for anyone and I think this whole team is like that. We are really looking forward to playing in this game, playing another T.V. game and we understand Louisville is a real good team and well coached and we are just prepared and ready to go.”

 

On what must happen to beat Louisville...

We must improve, not only in what we did last week, but also the week before. We just have to come out there with a lot of enthusiasm and show these guys we are ready to play.”

 

On the Louisville offense...

“They run the ball well and throw the ball well. They are one of those teams that is very balanced and when you play a team like that they can do everything and you just have to be on your P’s and Q’s at all times.”

 

On the importance of Brohm and Bush not playing...

“You always want to play against the best players but for what I have seen their backup quarterback and running back are just as good so it doesn’t look like much of a drop off at all.”

 

Junior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson

On being the pride of Riley County according to coach Prince...

“I think it’s funny, I don’t know where he is getting that from but I am happy to be from here and I am having fun playing here.”

 

On Terry Petrie...

“I have known Terry for a couple of years now; we competed against each other in high school and he has come in here and worked hard. He went to the junior college level and came up and last year he got some playing time on special teams. He has just taken advantage of what has been given to him, he does what he is supposed to do and does what the coaches ask. He has earned his playing time for doing that.”

 

On Louisville’s defense...

“Their defense is good. Last week they held Miami to seven points, and right away that grabs your attention. They are going to be really fast on defense and that is something we have seen in the Big 12, but we will just have to prepare for that and go out and play our game and put some points on the board.”

 

Sophomore Linebacker Reggie Walker

On Louisville’s’ biggest threat...

“I would probably have to say their big receivers and Stripling. Their linemen can get down the field really quick but they just have a really good offense.”

 

On Louisville...

“They are the real deal, but we are not sorry either so it’s going to be a good game. Compared to last year, they are probably going to be one of the best teams I have ever played against, if not the best.”

 

Junior Defensive End Rob Jackson

On Louisville...

“They are a good team and we have a lot of respect for them. We are going to go out there and play like we expected to play when they had Bush and their quarterback.”

 

On the play of Quintin Echols...

He brings that strength and penetration and attitude to the defensive line. He is the only 300-pound guy we have and he plays like it. He is quick too so he can bull rush you or do a swim move and he is a big factor on our d-line.”

 

On defensive coordinator Raheem Morris...

“He is a big factor. As a player from last year returning, he influences them and has them playing harder then they have been playing. He makes sure during practice you never stop running until you hear the whistle and that carries over into the game. That part alone helps us run to the football and helps us a lot.”