Kansas State Player Quotes

Junior Defensive End Ian Campbell
On where the defense stands...
“Right now there is some things we need to focus on. Some things I thought we had sewn up, but obviously KU exposed some things that we weren’t able to do quite as well as we thought we were able to do. So it’s not necessarily back to the drawing board, but there’s definitely some things were going to have to go back over and work on harder.”

On getting seven turnovers in two games...
“Obviously we really emphasize a lot on getting the ball back, but I don’t feel like we were as stiff as we should have been as a defense. You know that bend and don’t break mentality, well we were breaking, we weren’t just bending.  I think there were several times where us as a defense were playing solid, but if we could have gotten them off the field, we would have won the game. I’m sure the offense feels that way in some other situations about what they could have done, but I play defense and that’s my area of expertise. I feel like as a defense we need to take responsibility for that and move on and prepare for this next game.”

Senior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson
On Colorado...
“With them beating Oklahoma, I think they caught a lot of peoples’ eyes, but they’re going to be tough. They’ve always been tough every since I’ve been here. They play hard-nosed defense and they’re a good running team. I don’t know too much yet, but we’re going to start looking at them today, and get ready to prepare for them. They will come in here (and be ready). They won against Oklahoma and won again last week, so they are on a bit of a roll.”
 
On the 8:15 start...
“It is almost my bed-time. I kind of figured out what it was going to be like Saturday after the KU game. I was home watching TV and that’s the time the Nebraska-Missouri game was on. I kind of realized what time everything is going to happen. Half-time was at like 10:00, so it will be a little different. I’ve never played that late, but I don’t think it will matter too much. Once your playing football, you kind of lose track of time anyway and you’re just out there playing football and worrying about the game.”

Senior Punter Tim Reyer
On being one of the top punters in the country...
“Right now it’s nice to think about, but I still need to get better. I need to work on my hang-time and get more consistent. I guess I’m happy with my averages, but I’d like to get them better.”

On what he is doing differently this year...
“I’m trying to be more relaxed with my form. If I try too hard it won’t be as smooth, so I’m just trying to be more relaxed and have a smoother leg swing and follow-through.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Chris Carney
On what Coach Greg Burns has taught him...
“He’s taught me a lot. He’s definitely got my mind right for the games. He’s got me prepared for them, with my technique and everything like that. He’s not too much of a yelling-at-you guy. He makes sure you do the right things and that is definitely helping a lot.”

On how he has improved this season...
“I think we’ve improved a lot. Personally with my two interceptions (have meant a lot), but there is obviously there is room to fix my mistakes.”

Junior Linebacker Reggie Walker
On what confused the defense against KU...
“I wouldn’t say we were really confused. Of course I took a big part in it with the missed tackles. We could have been a little more competitive at times. I will definitely say that.”

On how close K-State is to being 5-0...
“We already know why we aren’t 5-0. Those mistakes need to be corrected and they will be. We are going to get it done.”

Sophomore Center Trevor Viers
On Jordan Bedore...
“He has always been willing to help me out, tell me what I’m doing wrong, and watch film with me. Just on the little things like foot work, he will let me know if I did a good job or if I need to take a deeper step on my pulls and things like that.”

On how being undersized is a plus...
“I think I can move quick and it helps me do my job a little faster.”

Sophomore Quarterback Josh Freeman
On how focused the team is...
“We definitely feel like this week is a must win. It’s a Big 12 North game and it’s as big as any game is going to be this season.”

On stretching the field in the passing game...
“We have the ability. I think a lot of teams are playing similar defense to what Texas played a year ago and they are starting to tweak it to not give up the big posts that we have hit on. We just have to find a way to get the ball to our play-makers, whether it is long or short, and just keep it going.”

On center Trevor Viers...
“Trevor was our center for the better half of camp. In my eyes he does just as good of a job as (Jordan) Bedore.  Bedore brings a little more experience and maybe has a few more skills that Trevor doesn’t. Trevor is evolving into a good player and everybody on the team has confidence in him. Trevor is a hard worker. He came out this summer and hadn’t really played much center at all. Carson (Coffman) did a great job working with Trevor, and come camp, Trevor was up to speed on everything. He’s a good kid; he’s a leader; he makes calls and he’s doing a good job of learning from Bedore. Throughout the spring, Bedore and Trevor would be up there watching film and working on calls, so I have all the confidence in the world in Trevor.”