Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Defensive Tackle Quintin Echols

On the importance of this game...

“It’s a big game of course it’s Nebraska. Right now I think they’re 5-1, (ranked No. 21) in the nation. If you can’t get up to play this one, you might as well stay down.”

 

On Nebraska’s strengths...

“We almost got one there last year and that was a very good team. We played them pretty tough and fell a little short. This year we want change those circumstances. Nebraska is one of those teams, when you watch them on film, they play great defense and are very well coached on offense. Their quarterback has been a lot better than people thought he would be.”

 

On rebounding from last year’s loss...

“It was pretty tough, especially considering that we missed a lot of field goals and were real close. It was a real tough loss to take. It was one of those games that a lot of people had on their mind all year. It’s one of those losses you want to avenge, but we want to avenge every loss. It’s a big thing, but it’s about this game not about last year’s game.”

 

Freshman Offensive Lineman Brock Unruh

On the play of Leon Patton...

Leon knows how to follow his blocks and knows when to attack and when not to attack. He really showed what he can do on Saturday and that is really awesome. He can definitely do some amazing things, he has great speed and he is really strong. He is pretty amazing.”

 

On watching Leon Patton in practice...

“He has been practicing really well from what I have seen. I was impressed last game and I think he is going to get better every week.”


On having true freshmen at quarterback and running back...

“I think it is pretty promising for our future. We are really young and have a lot of growing to do and we are just trying to get better.”

 

On winning the Oklahoma State game...

“We feel really good winning a close game like we did against Oklahoma State last week and I think it gives us a lot confidence in ourselves. We will try and do it again this week.”

 

On his performance against Oklahoma State...

“There are always some mistakes you are going to make in your first start. There were a few miscues I had in pass protection that I need to get ironed out this week.”

 

Senior Linebacker Zach Diles

On the difference between Nebraska’s offense this year compared to last year...

“It seems like this year they are a lot more run oriented. They get into more two tight end formations and they use the fullback to try and blow you off the ball.”

 

On the confidence of the defense...

“We are pretty confident out there. We are getting more comfortable on the field and are out there running hard and playing hard together and it builds confidence.”

 

On Nebraska’s offense...

“They have some formations where it seems like everyone is on the line of scrimmage when you look at the film - receivers and all. They get in their power formation and try and rush it down your throat.”

 

On Marcus Watts...

Watts is playing great. He is doing great things out on the field. He is a vital part of this defense right now. I hope he keeps it up.”

 

Senior Wide Receiver Yamon Figurs

On his confidence in Josh Freeman...

“We had confidence in him at the Spring Game and in practice; we all now what he can do. He’s got a great arm, he’s got a cannon.”

 

On the final drive of the game...

 “We kept running the ball and running the ball. Coach said it was going to come down to that and it did. We were practicing for that last drive all week.”

 

On the running game against Oklahoma State...

“I was loving it. It opened up the pass in the fourth quarter.”

 

On the difference of having Freeman at quarterback...

“With Josh I can see him at all times no matter how tall the line is. He skies over the line and I can see the ball and him when he is dropping back.”

 

Junior Safety Marcus Watts

On what the special teams unit must do to win...

“Just keep doing what we are doing. We had some struggles last week in the kicking game with our punt return and punt team and our kickoff game. We will get it corrected this week and we will be fine come Saturday.”

 

On Oklahoma State’s kickoff return unit on Saturday...

“We were going up against the best kickoff return team in the nation and we new it was going to be a challenge for us. I knew they were going to get one sooner or later that would go for some yards and we just have to limit the amount of yards as much as we can.”

 

On the importance of special teams...

“If you do well on special teams you will get a play on offense or defense. You could never get any snaps the whole year and have a great game on special teams and the coaches will find a way to put you in the game. That is what players strive for, to get in the game on offense or defense and in order to do that you need to play well on special teams.”

 

Junior Defensive End Rob Jackson

On the importance of the game against Nebraska...

“It’s enough said Nebraska. That’s all you have to say. Everyone knows what they have to do, everybody knows what kind of game it is and the tempo they need to play at to come out on top.”

 

On getting the win against Oklahoma State...

“We needed that win last week, especially coming after a loss from Baylor on the road. We came back home and pulled out a great win. It wasn’t like we had the game the whole time, we actually had to fight for the victory. It was a good win and we needed that.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Josh Freeman

On any ill feelings between himself and Nebraska...

“I have respect for Coach Callahan and what he’s done as a coach and I assume he respects me as a player. I don’t feel like there’s any bad blood between me and Nebraska maybe the fans, but not the coaches.”

 

On the importance of the game against Nebraska...

“It means as much as any other game. I’m just going to go out and give it my all, try and get the win.”