Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Opening statement...

“I thought we had the best week of practice that we’ve had this season. We were really able to put a complete week together. One of our reasons for doing so is that we were really exposed defensively in the Missouri game. We worked on some things that we really needed to work on, and I think that our coaches did a great job of self-scouting where we were. I thought we put together a good plan to face an offense that has many of the same qualities and characteristics as Missouri did. This quarterback (Bret Meyer) is a great threat. They have both a terrific running game and passing game. I was really pleased with our defensive effort today with the fact that they could come out and move the ball on us and we can make the adjustments and stay one step ahead for most of the rest of the game. That was a really big accomplishment for us. Devin Anderson’s interception at the end of the game was a real validation of what the coaches and players put in this week. I think that was the big story in the game to be able to come back defensively and play the game we would like to after having the performance we had last week.”

 

On the offensive line...

“I think we’ve taken a lot of steps in the right direction no matter how small they might be. Today, their defensive tackle, No. 52 (Brent Curvey), was a great player. We were able to tie him up and tangle him up, distract him, and do whatever we had to do to be able to move the ball. That was a real positive thing for us. There were a couple times that we had some play-action protection that we were able to hold up enough for Josh (Freeman) to complete the ball particularly, the one where he hit Yamon (Figurs) down the opponent’s sideline. That was a protection, that in some earlier games, we might have had a little leakage and pressure on him. It was a very good mentality on how to play the game today to be physical. Players take pride in running the ball and building on that.”

 

On James Johnson...

“James Johnson continues to be very steady in practice and continues to improve. He had a really good week of practice, so we made the decision to start him. It wasn’t only on the performance last week in the game, but the way he practiced this week was terrific. You can see that he’s just really hard to get your arms around. He’s very slippery that way. We thought he gave us a really good opportunity in this game where we knew we were going to have to match some yards with their offense because of how potent they are.”

 

On Brandon Archer...

“I don’t have any explanation on why Brandon Archer is always around the ball. His sense of where the ball is going is kind of like a good rebounder. They see how the shot comes off the rim, and they understand how it might come off the rim. That’s really the only analogy that I can make. He’s a very experienced player. He understands angles and leverage. He’s always running hard and pursuing to the ball. The harder he works the better situation he puts himself into. It’s a great lesson for a lot of young defenders. He’s been that way his whole career.”