Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Head Coach Ron Prince

Opening statement...

“The first thing is to give some credit to Oklahoma State. This is a very young team that they have. It’s a team that really has no apparent weaknesses. I told Mike (Gundy) before the game that I really like the way the team has been put together they’re a big, strong, fast team. We told our players early on that if we handled certain aspects of the game appropriately that we felt like we could play well and win.”

 

On the end of the game...

“We felt that it would come down to the field goal units and so we were fortunate enough to make sure that we could score an extra touchdown there at the end to even force it to comeback to us at the defensive end. The last sequence of plays was something that we work on and the kids were very confident in how that was going to happen. Obviously the individual effort of Josh Freeman and the players around him made the offensive part of that look really spectacular. It was a lot of fun. That’s the way college football is supposed to be.”

 

On Leon Patton’s performance and team speed...

“One of the things we’re trying to do is have a fast team. When things aren’t perfect and you have fast players sometimes they can make some opportunities turn out very, very well. That’s what we’re building here - we’re trying to build a fast team. You can see what happens when you have fast players. (Oklahoma State) has a lot of fast players. We scored a touchdown on a kickoff return, they came right back that’s what good teams can do.” 

 

On Josh Freeman’s performance...

“He won it with his mind, his arm, and his feet tonight. He’s a very poised kid, he’s very mature, he’s been coached very well. He’s been trained very well. He has a lot of confidence yet he’s a very humble kid and he’d be the first to point out the people who blocked for him and caught those passes tonight and all the different circumstances surrounding it.”

 

On the offensive line and pressure on the quarterback...

“Early we ran the ball so much and Oklahoma State was obviously very committed to assaulting the line of scrimmage to try and stop the run. As we attempted to play action pass, many of our guys were maybe caught on a bad angle or bad edge. Their man was able to defeat their block so we had some problems there. We had a lull there early in the fourth quarter where we didn’t perform very well we had a number of formation type issues that caused him to be under similar duress. We have a lot of inexperience players and some players that are fighting it out. I just give them all the credit in the world for competing and that’s really the story of this game.”

 

On Marcus Watts making big plays at the end of the game...

“Marcus Watts has a tremendous resume. I end up saying the same thing   I’m sure you guys are probably tired of hearing it. I really don’t know what else to say other than the guy has been making plays for a long time. Back when he was at Hays (High School) he was making plays and no one has told him that this is BCS action and that he’s not supposed to still make them. He just keeps making plays and that’s what playmakers do. He’s a veteran player out there who has a lot of confidence in his own ability and in the defense. He’s very aware of what he’s supposed to do in the defense and that’s the benefit of having a veteran player.”