Kansas State Player Quotes - The Baylor Game

Freshman Defensive Back Joshua Moore

On his play so far this season...

“I think everything’s gone pretty well so far. I’ve picked up on the whole system pretty quickly. Since Brian Baldwin went down with an injury, I’ll have to step up. That’s where our depth comes into play. We can’t give up any slack.”

 

On defending Baylor’s spread offense...

“We haven’t really been able to watch much tape yet, but I’m sure we’ll get to see plenty as the week goes on. I think our depth will help out because they pass the ball a lot. When one person gets tired, we’ll rotate out and keep going. Most of they time we’ll have a nickel or a dime package out there.”

 

On playing against a spread offense...

“I’m looking forward to facing it, mostly because it’s the first time I’ll get to play a lot. I’m looking forward to see how everything’s going to go.”

 

Junior Defensive Back Marcus Watts

On his play since his injury last season...

“I knew it was going to be a struggle at the beginning of the season to get back to form, but I couldn’t be happier than where I am right now.”

 

On the defense’s play so far this season...

“It’s been nice because of our depth. We’ve had a lot of guys who have been able to play these first four weeks. It just shows that we can go out there and play at full speed every play. I’m happy where the defense is at right now. We’re going to have to step up our game even more so this week. We don’t like teams scoring on us, and that’s what we expect out of ourselves. We’re happy right now, but we realize that there’s always room for improvement.”

 

On this coming week being the first road game...

“For a lot of guys, this will be their first road game, but for some of us it won’t be. We’ll have to help those young guys out a little bit. The first road game of the season is always the toughest road game. It will probably be a challenge for us, but we’ll just come out and do what we do- play physical.”

 

On playing spread offenses like Baylor’s...

“They make a lot of space. That’s one thing that we have to do is close up that space on defense. There are a lot of open holes on the field. We’ll have to be ball-aware. That’s one thing that we’ve done well this year is be aware of where the ball is. The coaches have really stressed that on us.” 

 

Junior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson

On K-State’s red zone offense...

“That’s something we have noticed that has been a problem in these games and we have to get it fixed because when you start playing better teams like Louisville and teams in the Big 12, field goals aren’t going to win it.”

 

On the rhythm of the offense...

“You can see during games a possession here and there we will get into a rhythm and move the ball right down the field and then sometimes we will stub our toe. Once when get everything going and get into a rhythm, it’s great; we can’t let penalties hurt the rhythm of the offense. We just have to do what the offense is made for us to do and I think we will be fine.”

 

On first road game of season...

“I think we will be fine. A lot of people that are on the team now played with us on the road last year, we will have crowd noise this week in practice to help prepare. Besides that, that’s all you can really do until you go play a game on the road, you have to experience it first. This will be the first one and Baylor will be good.”

 

Senior Running Back Thomas Clayton

On his performance against Louisville...

“I thought it was pretty big. I think I tapped into a zone that everyone has been waiting to see and I think finally I have reached that point. I am looking forward to continued success.”

 

On importance of the Big 12 opener...

“We have to respond and we have to respond big. Obviously we can play, we just went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country.”

 

“They are going to be an exciting unit from what I know, and they are going to be up for this game. There will be a lot of emotion on their side of the ball and at the same time I don’t think their record reflects how good of a team they are. As long as we prepare like we are supposed to it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

 

Defensive End Ian Campbell
On the defensive end’s mentality facing a pass heavy offense...
“That’s always fun for a defensive end to try to get in there and make as big an impact as you can. We’re going to scheme and do whatever we can to try to get to that quarterback.”

On getting turnovers defensively and not getting points on the board...
”It’s not necessarily frustrating. It’s just like it is for us if we get scored on or something like that. It’s just how the game goes. You can’t always have it roll the way you want to. As a team standpoint, yeah it’s frustrating not to get the win and get the scores like you want, but the defense had more chances to make some more things happen but we didn’t capitalize on them like we should have.”

On Louisville being a measuring stick for where this team is at...
“They were a good measuring stick. They’re a very talented team, in my eyes they’re a top-five team. I feel like we showed we can play with anybody in the nation. Of course we wanted the win, but that’s not what we got. I think were going to be able to go after that and it’s a good step to get ready for the Big 12.”

 

 

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