K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


Head Coach Bill Snyder
On holding up with the mental grind of the season…
“Well, you have to consider the options and there are really not any. Part of it is there are a lot of people that are involved in a program. So, there are a lot of people that certainly have some of the same emotions that I might. They are my responsibility. You have to devote your time to those things. It does not leave a whole lot of time for yourself, which is probably a good thing as well.”

On taking a lighter practice approach with injuries…
“Well, we are still reflecting on the schedule based on what the trainers are able to tell us about who might be available and when and how that would adjust the schedule that I visited with the media about yesterday. The intent may not remain the same, but the intent today was to practice and cut down the length of our practice, to practice tomorrow and cut down the length of our practice and take two days off before we start in on Saturday, which would equate to a Monday of a normal game week. That is still an advance as we speak, because of trying to work through of who we might get back and if so, what would give them the best practice opportunities as well.”

On Alex Delton’s progress…
“He intends and the trainers intend for him to practice this afternoon in a limited capacity.”

On frustration with starting 0-4 in conference…
“Well, I would not know how to judge it. Have I been as frustrated before? Perhaps not, but I cannot put a numerical value on it.”

On the most difficult aspect of losses…
“Well I do not think nor would I ever ask anyone to come to grips with it. The hardest part is just trying to continue to motivate young people and to do the very best that they possibly can, to have an emotional approach to it that is positive and one that identifies the determination that is necessary to become better in what we are doing, in what an individual is doing – myself and players. You know a lot of us, myself included, have not really been here before. So, it is a matter of having the answers of how to overcome the complexity and the difficulty of what has taken place. That is what I am trying to promote – is the ability to overcome that and do the things that we know are the right things to do to improve and get better. That is ongoing, but it has been that way for 20 years. I think that is still relevant in the situation that we are in right now. What other options are there? Other than trying to improve our capabilities and the things that we do and give it the best that you can. That is really all I can ask of them.”

Junior Quarterback Joe Hubener
On the offense…
“I think we are making positive steps, and I think we just need to put it together. We have shown success in the passing game in some of the early games and we just have to get that back. Now we are showing some success in the run game and we need to keep that as well.”

On the bye week…
“This is not where we want to be in the Big 12. This is not the projection we hoped for, but having a bye week gives us extra time to prepare for Baylor and to fix some of the mistakes that we have made in these first several games in Big 12 play. I think it is at a good time to reflect and to polish things up ourselves.”

On team moral …
“I think it is really good. The team is fired up, and I think we see this as an opportunity to improve ourselves as a team. To really bounce back and we have Baylor coming in ranked number two, that is an opportunity that is not something that we should shy away from. We know we have played with TCU and OSU, both good teams, and there is nothing to be afraid of with Baylor.”

Junior Linebacker Will Davis
On Baylor’s offense…
“They can do it all, which is what you expect in the Big 12, and they do it better than anyone else. They have crazy speed and talent. It is not just skilled positions, it is their linemen. They are probably the fastest linemen we are going to face all year, which is always a problem when they can go all four quarters like they can. That is where they win games and they are a talented football team.”

On Baylor’s injured quarterback…
“You never want to see a guy get hurt, especially like a guy that has the ability like he does. He was the leader of that football team. It is reality of the game. That is what we signed up for. It is tough for them and they have guys that will step in and fill that role.”

On the freshman quarterback for Baylor…
“He is talented. There is not a whole lot of film on him because he has only gotten to play a little bit. He is talented. I heard about him when he was getting recruited and about his time in high school. I know the type of player he is and the type of program he came from in high school. He is a good guy, smart guy and a leader. He will be fine and step into that role really well.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Sean Newlan
On last week’s game…
“That is not exactly what we wanted the result of that game to be. I think our defense played well. I think our offense showed some good things. Charles Jones had some really good production on the field and that is encouraging moving forward. It was a tough loss and not the way we envisioned that game going.”

On pulling positives from last week’s game…
“Right after the game your first thoughts are reflecting on what you could have done better. Maybe plays you could have had back, but once you get an opportunity to go look at game film, it is never really as bad as you thought and it is never as good as you thought either. We can take a lot of things away that were positives from that game. There were quite a few things that we wish we had back.”

On what specific positives the defense pulled from the game…
“We had some really key stops right after that kickoff return that they ended up recovering. We had a key stop and held them for four-straight downs and got the offense back on the field. Little things like that are extreme positives. As far as injuries go, there are a lot of young guys getting some playing time and shows that we have the depth. There are a lot of good things on the defense.”

Sophomore Linebacker Elijah Lee
On Seth Russell being out and a freshman quarterback coming in…
“I have not had a chance to watch him. I don’t know what type of player he is, but when a team like that has so many weapons, they just need a guy that can throw the ball and deliver. It’s hard losing a starting quarterback after seven games but bringing someone else in to throw the ball shouldn’t be a problem just because they are known to have quarterbacks like that.”

On the freshman quarterback having six touchdowns and four incompletions…
“For a freshman, that is pretty good, more than pretty good. He has poise to throw the ball and how to throw the ball and he has those weapons. When in doubt throw it up.”

On if he thinks Corey Coleman is the best wide receiver in the country…
“I would like to say so but I really haven’t been watching football, I mean after our games I try to get away from it. I may watch some SportsCenter, but I don’t watch too much football on TV.”