Player Quotes -10/17

Senior Linebacker Zach Diles

On the Missouri game...

“It’s going to be another big game for us. Missouri is coming in pretty good at 6-1. After a loss at Texas A&M, they are going to be hungry and so are we. We just have to go in there and play ball.”

 

On the 13-game winning streak against Missouri...

“I didn’t even know that (K-State has won 13 straight). That is a big motivation factor for them. Thirteen straight losses to one team can get a little heated. Because of that, I think they’ll have a little extra motivation.”

 

On what concerns him about Missouri Quarterback Chase Daniel...

“He’s a duel threat he can run and he can pass. He’s grown a lot from last year to this year, so we have to contain him.”

 

On Missouri’s offense...

“They have a similar type of offense as we saw against Marshall. Louisville is one of the best offenses in the country, but that’s no knock against Missouri. Their offense is good too.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Josh Freeman

On emphasizing red-zone play...

“We just have to punch it in. We’ve been putting together some drives to get into the red zone, but haven’t been able to punch it in. I think we are going to emphasize that this week. We need to get to the point where we are putting it in every time we get into the red zone. What we’ve been doing so far is unacceptable, and we’re going to have to change that.”

 

On if the offense is frustrated on the struggles...

“I wouldn’t say that we are frustrated, we are just working to get it fixed. There’s no doubt we’re having problems in that area. We just have to work to get it corrected.”

 

On passing on the run...

“When I scramble out of the pocket, receivers like Jermaine Moreira, Daniel Gonzalez and Yamon (Figurs) do a great job of breaking off their routes. They get so wide open that anybody could hit them.”

 

On the growing pains...

“They’ve been alright. I’ve been here for a while, so I know the offense. It’s just a matter of putting together enough positive plays to get into the end zone.”

 

Junior Defensive End Rob Jackson

On stopping Missouri’s offense...

“It’s going to be hard. Everyone’s seen Missouri play. We’re going to go out there and game plan against it and see what we’re going to do against their offensive line. I’m pretty sure (Coach Morris) has something good up his sleeve that will slow them down.”

 

On the type of attack Missouri will present...

Missouri is a little more spread. Their offense is more like Baylor. We’ll see - we had a little trouble against Baylor, but it’s a different week.”

 

On containing Chase Daniel...

“I think if we just stay in our pass rush fits and make sure we contain him, I’m pretty sure we won’t have any problems.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Carson Coffman

On the relationship between himself, Josh Freeman, and his brother, Missouri tight end Chase Coffman...

“Me, Josh and Chase we’ve always had a good relationship. We grew up together and always played football. We played on an AAU basketball team together for a long time. We hung out all the time our dads were really good friends so that’s how we knew each other.”

 

On talking to his brother Chase during the season...

“I talk to him probably about once or twice a week. We already talked this week. He was just talking about how he heard our defense was pretty good.”

 

Sophomore Linebacker Reggie Walker

Thoughts on last years win against Missouri...

“Sending Coach Snyder out with a victory was basically it. That was the main objective last year.”

 

On the defense helping out the offense...

“When you play defense your whole objective is to get the ball back. Our mentality really hasn’t changed, we would like to get the ball back more but maybe that is too much.”

 

On Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel...

“He is a big strong guy; he is fast, a lot faster than last year. That is the first thing I have seen from watching their games. He can make a lot of plays with his feet as well as his arm but I still say he can throw the ball better than Brad Smith could. He’s a great player. ”

 

Senior Defensive Lineman  Quintin Echols

On how difficult it will be to beat Missouri...

“This is the Big 12 and no game is going to be easy. If you go out there and lay an egg any team can beat you. It is one of those games that we are going to have to play hard and not just play hard but find out the ways to do the right things to win the game.”

 

On the difference between Missouri this year and Missouri last year...

“I think this is a different Missouri team. Brad Smith is gone and I think they are building themselves a whole new area about themselves. I don’t think they worry about it too much.”

 

On Missouri’s offense...

“The offense is very good and they are very spread out. It’s an offense where you have to be on your P’s and Q’s because they have so many weapons.”

 

Senior Offensive Lineman Greg Wafford

On how the offense can improve to help out the defense...

“We need to go out there and finish off drives. We can start them we just haven’t shown that we can finish them. So I think if we can go out there and finish them off then it will help our defense out a lot.

 

On the improvement of the offensive line...

“We are improving but we still have some things to improve on. We are doing some things every week that we didn’t do the week before, so we are just building some confidence out there and everyone is continuing to grow. I think we are improving week to week.”

 

On Missouri’s defense...

“They are a good fast defense and they run to the ball and make a lot of plays. So we have to go out there and be very ball-secure and make plays and score points to help our defense out to get a win for our team.”