SE: Football Determined to Turn Around Season

Not only did the meeting motivate players, but it also showed the team that its captains, the team leaders, remain invested in improving throughout the remainder of the season. 

“It tells us that they care, and that we’re all trying to be on the same page; we all want to have that same mindset,” explained offensive lineman Terrale Johnson. “It was a good feeling knowing (the captains) want better for us because we all want better too. Better starts in practice. Coming out and changing practice will help us change the game. We can still get back on the right track and win this season, have a good record and have a good team.”

K-State is currently on a three-game losing skid, which includes the most-recent 55-0 home loss to Oklahoma last week. 

The past few weeks haven’t been easy. The losing stings and the Wildcats are tired of it. 

“You can start out sad about it, depressed about it, but then you get angry. Then when you’re angry, you get determined and switch that anger into determination,” said Johnson. “We’re determined to have a really good practice. We’re determined to go try and win the next game; we’re determined to give it everything we’ve got and make sure that we’re going to go hard because on Saturday we want a win.”

K-State (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) travels to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns (2-4, 1-2 Big 12) tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., in Texas Memorial Stadium.

The Longhorns enter this weekend’s game coming off a bye week, which followed a dramatic 24-17 win over Oklahoma on October 10. The win over the Sooners snapped a three-game losing streak for the Longhorns who, like K-State, have also suffered losses to nationally-ranked TCU and Oklahoma State this season. 

Season turnarounds have happened before, and, with this year’s determined squad, there is no doubt a turnaround could happen again. 

“If you go back as recently as two years ago, we started the season off 2-4 and then players came back and we won six out of the last seven, including the bowl game,” explained K-State head coach Bill Snyder. “I can relate back to that group. I think the biggest thing that allowed that (turnaround) to happen was young guys realizing that there was a reason for them to be confident if they did things that they had not done up to that point of time.

“The effort level stepped up,” continued Snyder about the 2013 team. “The focus stepped up and the discipline stepped up, as I recall. I think that had an impact. That is my best guess in what impacted the turnaround with those guys.”

Like the team two years ago, K-State is in a tough position. 

However, also like that 2013 team, the Wildcats are showing a surge in determination and effort. Monday kicked off a solid week of practice for K-State, and, heading into Austin, the Cats are itching for a win. 

“Looking back at the past, K-State has been in the situation before,” said quarterback Joe Hubener. “If you look at the 2003 season, that team lost three Big 12 games and wound up winning the Big 12 title. Two years ago we were 2-4 to start that season then won six of the next seven. Other teams have done it, and we want to do it too.”

Tomorrow’s game will be aired nationally on FS1 with Joe Davis (play-by-play) Brady Quinn (analyst) and Kris Budden (sideline) on the call. The contest can also be heard across the K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sideline) calling the action.

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