Kansas State Player Quotes

Sophomore QB Josh Freeman

On the offense in the first half ...

“The first half Baylor was playing good defense. I wouldn’t say they had us completely stopped, but we had a tough time putting points on the board. We got in at half and Coach told us he wanted us to play the type of ball we are capable of playing, and everyone responded extremely well.”

 

On the frustration of the first half ...

“I wouldn’t say it’s that frustrating. We were moving the ball alright and then coach wanted to run the ball after we threw the interception. We ran the ball and we didn’t get a whole lot going but we ended up winning and that is all that matters.”

 

On the defense and special teams...

“They are always good. Our defense and special teams do a great job of putting us in good field position they have done it all season long. That is something we really enjoy taking advantage of.”

 

Senior WR Jordy Nelson

On the offense...

“It’s a lot of fun right now. We are playing pretty well as a team and offensively. Hopefully we can keep the chemistry going and keep cooking.”

 

On his one handed catch ...

“I was hoping it would stick to the glove enough. It was a big play in the game and it got us the first down.”

 

On the punt return for touchdown...

“He punted it a lot father than I thought he would and when I caught it I could tell by the fans that I was a little closer to the end zone than I should have been, but once that happened we were able to get going. The guys up front had a great wall going and when they do their job, it makes it pretty easy and just run down the sideline and (Chris) Carney got the punter, so when they get all their blocks it makes it pretty easy to go down the sideline and score.”

 

On the new reception record...

“I really didn’t know I was close to it. Coming into the last possession the coaches informed me about what was going on. They wanted me to get it here in front of the fans and it’s fun.”

 

Senior WR Daniel Gonzalez

On K-State’s overall performance...

“It’s one of those things where you go out and do what you are supposed to do.  Coach (Prince) always talks about doing your job, and I think that was the big thing today.  I did my job, and they happened to throw it to me.”

 

On his touchdown catch in the second half...

“It was just a play; I did my job, and it was an unbelievable throw.  There was a little window, and I wasn’t sure if he was going to throw it or not.  He threw it, and it worked out fine.”

 

On K-State’s first-half performance...

“We started out slow, and we knew we had to come out in the second half, and get something else going.”

 

Senior S Marcus Watts

On the play in the first half ...

“In the first half, we didn’t play the way we wanted to, especially on special teams. We didn’t come out with any fire. We got everything corrected in the second half. We came out in the second half with a little more fire. I think we were a little flat in the first half, but we have to come out of every quarter and every half with fire and intensity.”

 

On the halftime message from Coach Prince...

“He was upset and rightfully so. He is the head coach and that is his job. He is supposed to get us fired up if he see’s we are not fired up. I could see it in some guys eyes but he did what he had to do and I respect him for that.”

 

On eliminating the big plays ...

“I think they had three or four big pass plays and as a secondary we can’t do that. We’re not going to win many games in the Big 12 if we are going to do that. That is one thing we have to correct. We have to keep the ball in front of us and the same old story, tackling. But I think we did a better job tackling this game and a better job against the run. Obviously they are not a run oriented team, but we got turnovers today and that was very key for our defense.”

 

Senior DE Clayton Cox

On the fumble recoveries today ...

“It has been a talking point for us around the defense the whole season that we have gotten a lot of interceptions and not a lot of fumbles and that is the emphasis we have been working on in practice, so it’s good to see it come around.”

 

On the halftime lift from Coach Prince...

“We didn’t play as good as we wanted to basically and at halftime we were challenged. Coach Prince said no one should be happy. I’m not and you guys shouldn’t be either and we weren’t happy so we decided to make a change.”

 

On putting pressure on the quarterback...

“It’s good to know, especially against them, we knew they were going to pass the ball 75 percent of the time. It’s good to know you can pin your ears back and go wild for the quarterback.”

 

Senior LB Justin Roland

On K-State’s rushing defense...

“We came out with a little chip on our shoulder.  We haven’t been stopping the run.  To win big games you have to stop the run.”

 

On Prince’s half-time message...

“(Prince told us) to just go out there and finish the job.  That wasn’t our best half of football.  We weren’t playing very well on special teams.  We pride ourselves on special teams.  We just want to go out there and be more sharp.”

 

On K-State’s half-time adjustments...

“We didn’t make too many adjustments.  We knew what we were doing the first half, and we just went in and reassured ourselves on what we were going to do, and just went out there and played better.  (We) just executed better.”

 

Sophomore S Chris Carney

On defensive stamina...

“We were a little bit tired, but we’re not too worried about it.  We know we are going to get fresh again, and be ready for next week.” 

 

On the attitude of the team heading into the final half of the season...

“We still believe we are in the run for the Big 12 (Title Game).  Obviously our attitude is going to be to keep fighting, and see what happens.”

 

On the half-time atmosphere in the K-State locker room...

“It was a little intense, but at the same time it was relaxed.  We knew that we were going to come out in the second half and do what we needed to do.  (Coach Prince) got us a little fired up, and we went out there and executed.”