K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference



Head Coach Bill Snyder
On this year’s team compared to last year’s team…
“It is hard to compare one year with another. After we went through that losing streak, last year’s team really embraced the concept of commitment with a purpose. They did the things that committed people do to achieve what they desire to achieve. I would hope that this team has the same approach. Based on what I see from them right now, I like to think that they do have that same approach.”

On wide receiver Deante Burton…
“First and foremost, he truly works at it. You work at it because you care. You make it important to you and you make a commitment to it. I think he has done each of those things progressively over a period of time. Often times I will look out the window before practice and see Deante (Burton) out there catching off of that machine and trying to enhance his skill. I look out there after practice and see him doing the exact same thing or with one of our quarterbacks, running routes and catching the ball. Early in the season, he put a few balls on the ground. He did not want to be that type of receiver, so he really worked at it and he has been committed to enhancing his performance level.”

On consistency…
“We are not complete. I think that is true in all aspects of our game. We have not put together a complete ball game in the running game, passing game, run defense, pass defense and parts of our kicking game as well. At the end of the day, it goes back to being able to put together complete ball games. There is not an area where we have performed quite well in every segment of the offense, defense and kicking game consistently throughout the ball game.”

On dividing carries between running backs…
“They are all good, young guys and can do what you want them to do. It is about developing a hot hand, so to speak. Sometimes when somebody gets on fire, then they tend to perform higher than what the expectation might be. We need to keep guys that are gaining a hot hand on the field more frequently.”

On Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph…

“I think the experience has allowed him to do things extremely poised and make quality decisions. The game has slowed down for him, and when that happens, the innate capability that he has comes to the forefront. He has the ability to make good decisions and the poise to go through his reads and progressions and be an accurate thrower.”

Sophomore Running Back Justin Silmon
On the running back competition…
“I feel it is more of a running-back-by-committee situation. That is how we have been doing it the whole season. Everybody has been taking advantage of their opportunities and doing well so far.”

On the performance of the running backs…
“I think we have been doing pretty good. I think we have been getting more confident and better every week, but I think we can still pick it up.”

Sophomore Tight End Dayton Valentine
On K-State quarterback Jesse Ertz…
“Every day we have been able to see how good Jesse is, and he is really coming in to his own becoming a full-time starter. You can really see how much he has grown, and it is exciting to come out every week and see him be able to settle in, take control of the offense and be the leader that we all know he is.”

On the first road victory of the season…
“It was huge. It is always tough to win on the road in the Big 12. I think that really got us over the hump. Hopefully when we have more tough road games, now that we have got one, we can get a couple more.”

On Oklahoma State’s front seven…
“Their whole front seven is big and they play hard, so it is going to be a tough match up between the offensive line and tight end, fullback, all of us blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”

Junior Linebacker Trent Tanking
On the play of the special teams units so far this year…
“I think we have done a good job. We have only scored once on punt return and kick return, and on kickoff we made a lot of plays. Our punt coverage has been really good, but obviously there is a lot of room for improvement. We did not play as well as we wanted to last week, so this week is obviously a step toward that direction.”

On K-State’s recent trend of winning in November…
“I think that just shows the dedication and toughness that we exemplify here. We always are preached to finish, and that goes to the whole season. We are reaching the last four games and trying to finish.”

On last year’s Oklahoma State game…
“We played well in the first half, and in the second half we did not finish in the fourth quarter like we needed to. This week, we just need to come out and put the two halves together. We have had great success in the first half in some games and the second half in other games throughout the year. It is time we put one full game together.”