Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On rotation of quarterbacks…
“I thought they played well for the most part. I thought we took some sacks in the ball game that we should not have – that is not a positive thing for us. But, aside from that, I thought they did a nice job. If you are always playing with the purple, you will probably have a little bit better chance, so we want them to play with both. The reps did not come out exactly even, but it was reasonably close, which we wanted to be able to do. I think the things that you see when you watch, and what I have been saying all along is by the time one looks like they are inching ahead, then all of a sudden someone else steps up and makes some plays and has a great practice – that happened again today as you watched it. Probably overall, I was proud of the white unit – both offensively and defensively – they did collectively, the best job of today. I am not talking about quarterbacks; I am talking about across the board. They made it a reasonably tight game. Throughout the course of the game, with the exception of giving up three or four big plays which identifies some concern, but aside from that I thought the white unit really played well. I have to look at the tape and the coaches have to take a look at the tape, but I am going to hope, and maybe it is true, that it enhances our depth which was one of our issues we were concerned about. I was pleased with the offensive linemen on the white team, in particular - to be able to protect as well as they did. It was not perfect by any stretch of imagination, but they did do a nice job with that. I thought some of our receivers did a nice job catching the ball and helping quarterbacks out, but by the same token, we put several on the ground. Like I said, I thought our white team played pretty well. The purple team did not play as well as you would have anticipated in a ball game like this – giving up some big plays that they should not have.”

On increasing confidence of offense after today’s performance…
“I do not know if it increased my confidence. It allowed me to feel virtually the same the majority of the spring. I feel like we have the capabilities – I felt like that earlier. It is a matter of going out and proving it. Today was a positive thing for the most part, but we put some balls on the ground. We went up and contested, which I like that we contested for throwing balls, but nevertheless, there was a bunch that we could have brought down. As a group, excellent catches and we made some of those as well. That is the nature of it, you have to make those plays.”

On offensive line and run game for Purple team…
“Well, I have not scrutinized the second half yet. In the first half, the purple team averaged 3.2 yards per carry – that is not very good. This is true with everything that took place in the ball game. Everything was pure vanilla. That is why it is like watching paint dry out there for 60 minutes. People we play against can get the game on K-State HDTV, so consequently, we do not do much in the Spring Game. We have very limited offense and very limited defense, so it is just a matter of going out and playing. There was a lot left out on the table. Now, that does not sugar coat that we only got 3.2 yards per carry. We have to be better at that and be able to finish blocks with our offensive line. Like I said, I thought the white team did a better job than the purple team at that, which tells us a little bit about depth, but it also tells you that you have some people on the white team that are going to challenge some of the young guys on the purple unit.”

On Johnathan Durham’s performance…
“He is just awfully young. That shows up and you can see that, so it is just going to take some time in his development. This summer will be very, very critical for him. Jesse Mack and Ryan Mack, we have used them out there and we have a few transfers that will be here at the end of May. Out of that group, we should hopefully be able to get a quality two deep.”

Quarterback Jesse Ertz
On being named captain…
“It means a lot, it tells me that people believe in me. It kind of tells me what the team thinks, that I have been working hard and things like that, which means I am doing something right.” 

On explosiveness of the offense…
“Overall I just think we have a lot more speed, there are a lot more athletes. We have a lot of young guys. Dominique [Heath], [Zach] Reuter and Dayton Valentine all have a year under their belt and everyone is playing more confident.”

On first play of the game…
“I think last year I went short and it did not work as good, so I thought I would try and throw it down field and I missed it. I could not even tell how bad I over threw him, but I figured we would take the top off the defense a little bit, kind of get them off a little bit. It is a spring game, so they were probably going to sit at ten yards and probably come up on a lot of stuff. If that is the way they were going to defend it, I just wanted to scare them a little bit.”

Running Back Justin Silmon
On how the offensive line has improved from last season…
“I think they are working a lot better as a unit. There are a lot of new guys that have to step up this spring. So I am happy for them and excited about that. I think they are getting better working together. They are getting a lot better at busting off to the next linebacker when they are double teaming.”

On breaking out for a long run…
”It felt pretty good. Every time I touched the ball I was trying to go to the end zone. It felt good to finally break out. I would like to do that a lot more.” 

Quarterback Alex Delton 
On quarterback competition…
“We have been practicing all spring and increasing reps this whole spring. All of us have gotten a whole bunch of reps, which has obviously helped us. I feel like this spring game; you can see that we did not have any turnovers from our group. I thought we moved the ball well most of the time, and we were productive on the field all the time because we were calling our plays. As a group I thought we definitely excelled.” 

On his numbers versus the top defensive unit…
“When it all panned out, I was as comfortable with both white and purple. I felt comfortable throughout the game. After halftime, I felt like I got in a rhythm. I felt like in the first half, I was able to move the ball well.”

Defensive End Jordan Willis
On team growth in spring…
“In the spring, we are still growing as a team. We made some strides from where we were a year ago. After the summer and fall, we will be even better.”

On him being elected team captain…
“It is pretty cool. This is the first time I’ve ever been a captain, not in high school or any other time. I know a lot of the other guys on the team look up to me. So, I am going to do everything I can do to lead them. I am not a really vocal guy, but I try to lead by example. I will give guys tons of advice whether it is through text messages, or pulling them aside, or speaking to them or watching film with them. That is my way of leadership. The way I play, I feel like a lot of guys follow my lead.”

Linebacker Will Davis
On spring game…
“It was a lot of fun. I think that was kind of the mantra we had for today, go out there and have fun, play well, do your best, but at the end of the day, try to have as much fun as possible. That is what football is all about. We are here to have fun and win games and all that stuff, but you have to have fun while you are doing it or else there is no point in being out there.”

On Johnathan Durham…
“He is a young guy, but he has a lot of talent. He can make a lot of plays. He is young, so he needs to have a little more confidence in himself but we see it in practice. He can make plays; he makes good plays in practice so I feel a lot of good things from him.”

Cornerback Duke Shelley
On being back on the field…
“I missed the bowl game, so this was my first time being back out there and getting the chance to run around in a game like setting, so it was pretty good.”

On facing different quarterbacks…
“You just have to know your opponent, know who you are facing, know their tendencies and things like that. You have to know what their strengths and weaknesses are. Going against our quarterbacks is the same thing. They are rotating different guys, some are better throwing the deep ball and things like that. Just knowing who you are going against, basically.”

On Johnathan Durham…
“He is a competitor, very competitive. He has the will to want to get better. He is a great guy and a great teammate. He has some swag about him, so that is what I like. He definitely is trying to get better day in and day out.”