K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


Head Coach Bill Snyder
On what separates the Texas Tech offense from other spread offenses…
“Nothing that comes to mind as you look at all the teams that you are talking about that spread it out the way that they do. For the most part, they are very similar type of offenses. Some of them more major in the run game than the pass game and vice versa. They pretty much run the same offense. It is more the matter of emphasis that create the biggest differences more than anything else.”

On concerns with big plays this season…
“Well, that has not changed. The response is identical. If we want to have success on that side of the ball, then, collectively, you have to dramatically reduce the substantial yardage plays that you give up. This is not the easiest team to do that against, but it has been done. West Virginia did a nice job against them in that respect, I thought.”

On reasons why the defensive backfield has yet to record an interception…
“Well, I think for the most part, they have not thrown it to us yet. That always creates a problem for you. You always drill diligently on guys being able – secondary players – being able to catch the ball because they do not have the same opportunities that the receivers do. It is not a matter of us dropping balls, it is just being in position to make those kind of plays. You have to credit the offense for the ability to get guys in open areas. The other part of it falls back on our shoulders to get our guys into positions where they have opportunities to compete for thrown balls. That is not just secondary players that is underneath players as well. Part of it probably stems from the concerns about giving up substantial yardage plays and not getting beat over the top, consequently, maybe end up being a little softer than you should.”

On being pleased with the team’s response to the past few games…
“Well, I am pleased with the direction that our players have chosen to go. They remain competitive. There is a determination about them that I have expressed in here before. I certainty see the disappointment and I understand that. All of us are disappointed, myself included. My feelings probably parallel theirs, I would think. They come back to the practice field and seem to be extremely committed to improving what we are doing, improving fundamentals, improving effort and improving all aspects of the game. I will not say that is unique in athletics, but sometimes, young people – old people as well – get beaten down a little bit. Yes, you want to win, and yes, you to succeed, but are you really willing to do all the things that it takes to give you a chance to do that? So, that puts a lot into a mode of just going through the movements throughout the course of the week and having that attitude on Saturday, that yes, I want to win, I want to compete and I want to play hard. But, you missed the development stage that we put you in to be in position to be successful on Saturday. I think our guys are not like that. I think they are meeting the challenge, so to speak. The effort is good and the spirit is good. There are certainly some things in regard to the execution and some ongoing issues that we are working diligently at. All I can ask is that there is effort and spirit behind it and that it is legitimate and that it is meaningful to them. I see that, for the most part.”

On if he misses winning games…
“Well, to me, it is not so much missing that, it is how much you despise the other side of it. You hear coaches all the time talk about having a victory and moving right on to the next one. You come in here and do a press conference, and then go upstairs and prepare for whoever the next opponent is. So, you know when those victories come, you do not always take the opportunity to enjoy the outcome and you move on. But, when you are not successful, then that pain really lingers on. It is something you have to really fight to overcome. Like I have said so many times, it can, it should, bring about emotions that are appropriate to move on and that determination and anger to improve yourself and become better. It is not a matter of enjoying them, but a matter of the other side of feelings when you are not successful. That is the most painful part.”

Junior Quarterback Joe Hubener
On if the running game used against Baylor is something to build on…
“Certainly, we had a lot of success in the running game last week and it is something we want to build upon and continue to utilize in the weeks to come.”

On using more quarterback sneaks in short-yardage situations…
“The quarterback sneak is always on the board when you are in short distance. It is always an option. We have had success with it, so we will see how it goes moving forward.”

On the main motivation for the team right now…
“Obviously we know what we have to do long term – we want to go to a bowl game. We do not want to be the team to end the bowl game streak. We know that we have four more opponents and we have to win at least three. We think we are certainly capable of winning all four, and that starts this week with Texas Tech. That is our focus right now – go down to Lubbock and finish this one right.”

Redshirt Freshman Center Dalton Risner
On getting the running game going…
“We did a good job establishing the run early (last week). We knew that was what we wanted to do, and what we wanted to get done verses a team like Baylor and put up points. It was fun. We could have done a better job and won the game, but it was fun as the offensive line against a really good Baylor defensive line and get the running game going.”

On the running game against Texas Tech…
“I do not want to treat this week any different than any other week. Every other week we have prepared hard for good defensive lines. We definitely have had our struggles, but we have run the ball pretty well this year. I want to try to treat it the same this week and make sure we do not treat them lightly. We have to go out there and be prepared, and I think we will get the job done.”

On going into Texas Tech and trying to get a win…
“They have won five games, and if they win this week, they are bowl eligible. These guys are fighting for their season, and they only have two games left in the last four weeks; they have to beat us or Texas. They are giving it their all at practice this week. It is not going to be one of those things that we show up on Saturday and have to be ready to go. We are going to show up in two hours to practice. We had a great day of practice on Monday. Really, just get it done this week and go into Saturday ready to roll.”

Junior Linebacker Will Davis
On the mindset of the team…
“We know we are fighting for our lives. We know we are fighting to be bowl eligible and every game matters. We still feel we can go out there and beat anyone on any Saturday. We have not done that, but we feel we have the ability to go out there and win. It is just a matter of focusing on that and focusing on what needs to be corrected during practice.”

On facing Texas Tech…
“Any time you have a good record against an opponent, it helps your confidence going into the week. You have been able to see their offense and see their schemes that you have had success with in the past. It is good to be able to go back and look at the film from the past years and see what went right and what went wrong and build off of it in preparation for this year.”

On how badly the team wants a win…
“I cannot even describe how badly our whole team wants a win. We are hungry, and I say it every week, but every week we get hungrier and hungrier to get back into that win column. I cannot even describe how badly these guys want it. On a scale of 1-to-10, it is not just a 10, it is an 11.”

Sophomore Linebacker Elijah Lee
On playing a good offense in Texas Tech…
“I feel pretty good because, day in and day out in the Big 12, teams are going to rise up and pass the ball probably 50, 60 times. You know they are going to get good completions, but I feel like we are well prepared to this point. We play some of the top offenses, and we have held our ground verses some of them.”

On if he would have thought he would be leading the team in interceptions…
“I would have thought it was a joke. Dante (Barnett) is the one that gets all the interceptions. Defensive backs are usually the ones that get all the interceptions, but that is something that we work on every week.”

On getting more turnovers…
“I feel like this week is a great opportunity to get our turnover streak going. We had a couple early in the season. We need to be consistent with turnovers to help us win games.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Sean Newlan
On self-assessment of last week’s game…
“There is a lot that I still need to improve on and a lot that I need to learn, but I cannot complain because I am always happy to play.”

On Texas Tech’s offense…
“They give us a lot of new and interesting looks. It is crucial to be prepared and ready for those. They are not afraid to pass the ball, and they do it a lot. They give our secondary a good opportunity this weekend.”

On what needs to improve to limit big passing plays…
“Communication in our secondary. When you have youth out there, it can sometimes be pretty difficult to communicate and be exactly where you are supposed to be. There were some things that we were not prepared for that we should have been and could have prevented easily. We could have opened our mouths and said a few words here or there, but they (Baylor) are a big play team – they always have been – and we knew that going into the game. A few plays just got the better of us.”