K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference



Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Baylor quarterback Zach Smith…
“Well, we have some tape to go on, but his high school background is significant for us as well and we have that tape. He is a good, young guy. I like the poise in which he seemed to handle himself, thrust into the situation he was in this past week. In the previous ballgames, it was substantial leads that put him on the field and he handled those fine, but under the pressure that existed in that ballgame, I thought he was as collected as anybody you can imagine.”

On Baylor running back Shock Linwood…
“I think he will be everything that he has always been. I do not think there has been any let up in that regard, and he is a very talented running back. I like the others that they have as well, three young guys that I think do quite well and they have proven that. That is not just me, I think that is what virtually anybody would say. To answer the question, I cannot knowledgably answer it, but I see no reason why he would not step in and be up to par with what he has been all season.”

On K-State’s offense being different than others in the Big 12 and how that impacts recruiting…
“I understand the significance of being different, not just for difference sakes, but the fact that people recruit to the type of offense they run. Recruiting is impacted by the nature of the offenses in our conference; it not only impacts the offensive recruiting, but it impacts the defensive recruiting. With the limited number of scholarships that everyone has, it sometimes can create some problems. You see an awful lot of people that do not have tight ends or do not have fullbacks for instance. You see a lot of people who do not recruit the stereotypical middle linebacker because they want all the speed guys out there. It has really impacted that aspect of it if you are going to be different. If you are going to be different, you had better be good at what you are different at, that is the significant thing. Just being different for difference sakes is not the answer, and we are still trying to make some headway in that regard. If you are different and good at what you do, then yes, it does create some problems in terms of not being able to prepare week in and week out for the same type of offense or defense.”

On the bye week…
“Well, as I have said so many recent times, open weeks can be different from time to time. Part of it has to do with who you are playing against, part of it is how the young people in your program – and the coaches – handle that period of time. Sometimes it has worked out great, and sometimes not as good as you would like. The downside is you can lose the continuity, to a certain degree, of playing every single week. Obviously, there are positive things like giving the players a peace of mind, so to speak, not that there are any real significant days off, but nevertheless the opportunity to not be under the gun constantly.”

On playing Baylor…
“Well I think, first and foremost, they have a great deal of talent. If you look across the board on either side of the ball, they have some young guys that are very prominent players. They are very good players at what they do, that is first and foremost. I cannot address the reasons behind the three losses; there is a lot of dialogue about that, but they have good players that can set them apart one way or the other. They have good coaches too. Obviously (Defensive Coordinator) Phil (Bennett) was on our staff, I know what kind of a coach he is, and I know Jim (Grobe) and I know what Jim’s capabilities are.”

On General Richard Myers being named President of Kansas State University…
“Well I am really pleased. I have known Dick for a long time. There is no doubt in my mind that the Board of Regents made the best possible choice that they could, and that is said knowing there were a number of extremely well-qualified, competent and good people on that list. I was pleased that General Myers made that decision to be a candidate for the position because that has not always been his stance. Over a period of time, he has enjoyed his time here as the interim, he has enjoyed the relationships, so I am glad he finally decided to do that and to have his hat in the ring. What I appreciate about it so much is that he is a Kansas State person, he is a Kansas person, and he understands the values and the nature in the people of Kansas State, of the community of Manhattan and of the state of Kansas. I think we are unique in our own right for the right reasons and in the right way, and I think he understands that. He is a product of it and that was important to me. I appreciate (his wife) Mary Jo for giving up her time. They were all prepared to have a life of leisure in retirement and to consent to do this, which is truly a full-time job, was big on her part as well. He is enjoying it. Dick is a people person, and you have heard me say it so many times that Kansas State is about people who truly care about people. He does and that is what makes him special for this University. I cannot put enough emphasis on being an individual that is a Kansas State person that knows and values what Kansas State University is all about.”

Senior Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore
On the bye week…
“We got to rest a little bit and we have been practicing basic stuff like running to the ball and tackling. I think we are just ready to play.”

On Baylor quarterback Zach Smith…
“He is a player. He is a college player and Baylor trusted him to give him a scholarship, so we are ready for him. Last week he did a very good job, so we need to treat it the same way.”

On expecting them to run the ball…
“We expect them to do what they do, which is throw the ball, run the ball and quick attachment plays. We expect them to do the same thing and like Coach Snyder said, everybody has to be ready to play.”

Junior Linebacker Elijah Lee
On Baylor’s offense…
“I think they are going to play their game. They did the same thing last year when they plugged in a freshman, and they did what they usually do. We need to go back to the film last year and try to correct our mistakes, as well as go off of what they have done this year.”

On Baylor running back Shock Linwood…
“There is a lot of motivation because we are going against a good rusher. Being in the box, that is something that excites you. You cannot always be a part of the pass game, but in the run game you have more of a role.”

Redshirt Freshman Running Back Alex Barnes
On the running game…
“We have four different running backs that can all run the ball. We have many different schemes that we can run up front, whether it is power plays or zone blocking plays. We have a lot of different stuff to use, so it is kind of hard to prepare for.”

On Baylor’s defense…
“They are another big, athletic team. They have moved some of their defensive ends down to defensive tackle, so they have a lot of speed up front. We will see if we can take advantage of them with our size.”

On the main bye week focus…
“Execution. We focused on getting to the line of scrimmage and making sure that we were getting the play off before the play clock ran out. The little things like running in the right gaps, reading zone blocks and stuff like that.”