Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Tight End Michael Pooschke
On having a good week of practice...
“It’s really important, starting with the players. We have to go out and just get our composure back. The season is not over; we still have a lot of ball left to play. We are still in this thing. The (Big 12) North is still wide open, you never know what is going to happen. So we just need to bounce back and play each week.”

On the special teams play at Oklahoma State...
“We really said we we’re going to change the momentum on special teams, but they got the upper-edge in that category on Saturday.”

Senior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson
On Coach Prince’s decision to attempt the two-point conversion...
“Coach Prince told me before we even got the ball that if we went down and scored we were going to go for two and go for the win. That’s the way he coaches. You guys always talk about that “bold and daring” and aggressive (play), and there it is. I liked going for the win and it worked out; it was a big play in the game.”
 
On Oklahoma State’s final drive ...
“It was tough, especially when you are able to come back and take the lead. Then Oklahoma State came back and made some plays and took care of their business, and got the win. We just have to keep (trying to) find ways to win. Oklahoma State found a way to win on Saturday and they just made more plays than we did, so give credit to them.”

On how far the team has come in one year...
“A long ways. This team is not comparable to the team that went down to Baylor (last year). It’s just the attitude on the team, the players are different and just the way we are going through things. We’re practicing a lot better than we were last year at points, and people are just feeling more responsible to take care of business.”

Junior Linebacker Ian Campbell
On K-State’s defense against Oklahoma State...
“I don’t think we played very well as a defense. Obviously we didn’t make some stops here and there, but it was definitely a broke mentality, not a bend but don’t break. We didn’t really stop the run or really stop them when we needed to, so we’re not very happy with that.”

On how to improve the defense...
“Guys just have to be fundamentally sound all the way up and down the board. Whether you are a first or second string guy, or third string guy, you have to make the tackle when you get to the hole. You can’t be allowing four or five yards and then get contact and let them get another two or three (yards). You can’t win a game by doing that all game long.”

Senior Cornerback Byron Garvin
On K-State’s defense...
“We’re playing good as far as the pass, but we have to do better on tackling. We are having a lot of mental mistakes. Once we clear those up, I think we’ll be good.”