Wildcats Discuss Start of Spring Practice

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder and selected players addressed the local media at the Vanier Football Complex on Thursday about the start of spring practice, which begins on Sunday.

Below is a transcript of Thursday's press conference.

Head Coach Bill Snyder 

 

Opening Statement...

“To bring you up to date, we have had a chance to go through a fairly extensive out-of-season program. The directions of the out-of-season program, or possibly the objectives developed are along the lines of what you would expect from me to promote, the intrinsic value. My message probably to all the young people in our program or coaching staff was centered around discipline; being a part of what we do as a program and how we can implement that in the out-of-season program. Great emphasis was placed on leadership. There is a great necessity for that in any program, especially in an athletic program. A tremendous amount of emphasis was placed on hard work and effort. Effort above and beyond what they sometimes feel they are capable of. I think these young guys have been receptive; they have made the effort, although the effort has been inconsistent. We have had our good days and not so good days. They have come to understand there are very high expectations placed on the things they have control over. Certainly those things we talked about. A lot of emphasis was placed on responsibility. And also from a physical standpoint, the greatest amount of emphasis was placed on movement of our young people: developing the capacity for change in direction, quickness, agility, speed and those types of things. That is what we have been involved with up to this point in time. With that said, this afternoon we will culminate the out-of-season program. We have tried to create an environment in which everyday, every workout and every repetition or drill in the workout is competitive. We will come back on Sunday and get started with our first day of spring practice. I really have a great appreciation for our coaches and our support staff as well. People have put in a lot of time and effort these past few months. I think I have stated this before, after the recruiting is over, most staffs have an opportunity to catch their breath. This staff has not done that. They have put in their 15-hour days and I have a great appreciation for them for that.”

 

On the type of offense to start spring practice with...

“We have a very broad-based offense. It is a complete package. It has been that way for 20 years. I do not think that there is anything you can do in the game that is not in that package. It is quite understandable that you cannot do it all. We have no intent to do it all. We will implement every bit of it. Then we will assess how well the young people in our program fit into areas of that package. And where we seem to fit in the best in terms of personnel, we will extract that part of it to build the foundation for the coming season. As it always has been, it will be determined by what our young people are capable of doing. It would be inappropriate to put a youngster in a situation to attempt something that he does not have the capacity to accomplish.”

 

On the change he sees in the coaches that he was with before...

“In the period of time that we have been together again, I think we all have matured. Regardless of what our age is, we have matured in a variety of different of ways. We grow as individuals if we are interested in doing it. I know the people on our staff are certainly interested in maturing and growing. All of us are. I think we all have in a variety of different ways; some of it relates to football and some of it relates to life. And I tend to interrelate the two. They have been out coordinating and doing new things, so I certainly think they have grown intellectually regarding the game of football.”

Junior Wide Receiver Lamark Brown

On the switch back to wide receiver from running back...

“I just felt like I fit a bit more into the wide receiver mold than running back. Coach Prince and I had talked a little about it, me moving back if he was still here, and when Coach Snyder came in he asked everyone where they wanted to go, and I told him I wanted to go back to wide receiver so he made the change. ”

 

On the makeup of the wide receiver corps...

“It’s a mix, I mean we have speed guys, we have possession guys, and we have guys that can do it all. We just go out and compete every day to try and make the team better. I feel like I fit in as a do-it-all kind of receiver, I just like to go out there to have fun and make plays.”

 

Senior Linebacker Ulla Pomele

On his preparation for the upcoming season...

“Well, I just take it a day at a time. I don’t worry about the next day; I just focus on each day’s tasks and each day’s challenges. It is important for me to figure out how to overcome each day’s challenges.”

 

On being named a player representative...

“What a great opportunity. I feel very privileged and even honored to be named a representative. I look at it as an opportunity to really step up and lead. Everyone has that potential to lead, but before we can do that we have to be surrounded by great followers. ”

 

On the off-season conditioning program...

“It has been great so far. Being in a new program, with a new workout, and even just the speed training has just been incredible. Even though you know there are times when it’s a struggle, we just try to come together as a team and enjoy that struggle. ”

 

Senior Wide Receiver Brandon Banks

On how the staff is making him a better football player...

“Just by teaching me the technique I need, improving my quickness. I have been working a lot on my route running, and working on catching a little bit better.”

 

On being ready to get spring practices under way ...

“I am just ready to get under way with the new coaching staff. I have seen that we are the second to last school to get started with spring practices, so I am very excited to get out there and get ready for the spring game. Just from the off-season workouts I know they will be pushing us, and I am just ready to get out there and get to work.”

 

Junior Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert

On being redshirted last year as a junior college transfer...

“I wasn’t ready yet last year to play at this level. With the new staff coming in it gives me two full years of being able to play under Coach Snyder, so it has been a huge blessing really. The last year has just been a huge roller-coaster ride.”

 

On how the last year has shaped him as a football player...

I never truly understood the importance of film study and all the hours that you put in outside of the required times that coaches are with you. I have learned the importance of film study, and watching film on your own, and sitting down with your notes that you take during position meetings, and getting into the playbook a little bit deeper. One thing that also helped me was running scout team last season. When you run other team’s offenses, you get a better understanding of the way football is to be run at this level, and in this conference. It has just been a big learning experience this last year.”