K-State Holds Second Spring Presser

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State head football coach Bill Snyder and players met with the media Monday to give an update on spring practice. The Wildcats will host the Purple/White game on April 24 with kickoff set for 6:10 p.m. 

Kansas State Football
Spring Press Conference - April 12, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
His thoughts on the team's spring practice time so far...
"When we met a week ago, we had practiced three times up to that point; I indicated that we had gotten off to a good start, which we indeed did. I thought we showed a significant amount of improvement and low and behold as soon as I left here I went to the practice field and we started to go south and we had a hard time getting the brakes put on. So we have been kind of up and down. Inconsistency is probably the best term. We have our good and bad days and individually and collectively, each group, is the same. We have a long ways to go. We are halfway through, we just finished practice number seven on Saturday and we will have number eight this afternoon. The last 50 percent of our spring practices, because of the fact that we tailed off some and did not gained the consistency that we need, have really become significant. This is going to be a vital time for us for the remainder of the spring. I would like to mention a youngster that really catches my eye day in and day out, and not that he is without some mistakes. But we always talk about how if you are going to make a mistake, you make them at 100 miles-an-hour and he is making them at 120 miles-an-hour and I love the way he practices and I would feel remiss if I did not mention Braden Wilson. Braden is just one of those guys that is always on "go" and practices just as hard as one can. I am awfully proud of him.''

On the improvement of fullback Braden Wilson...
"I think it is just his understanding of the game. He makes decisions a little quicker. Things happen so quickly in this game and you have a fraction of a second to make a decision. You have to experience it over and over again and Braden is experiencing it in far greater numbers now and I think his decision-making process, more than anything else, has been his greatest improvement. The great thing about him, though, is he is always going as hard as he can go."

On the role of fullback Braden Wilson...
"Fullback, in our offense, is a lot of things. He is a fullback/tight end and sometimes he is a one-back in our one-back offense. So he can do all of those things. Last year, we practiced him a little bit at defensive end because he just has that nature about him. He is the consummate throwback football athlete. He would have been great in the days when they did not play with facemasks. In all honesty, if we had a backup that could do exactly the things that he is doing, one of them would be on the other side of the ball. I do not want someone like Braden Wilson standing by me (on the sideline)."

On the role of defensive back David Garrett...
"He is a young guy that likes the game and plays it with enthusiasm. He is an aggressive player. He can be a good tackler, there are some inconsistencies there but he will not turn any tackles down. He is a good run-support guy who is also an aggressive pass defender. He is a little on the short side but he will compete every time the ball is thrown at him. He will be very competitive for a starting spot."

On the status of wide receiver Chris Harper...
"I like the fact that even though he has got a nagging injury, he still competes day-in and day-out. Some guys might take a day off and he has not done that. He still cannot go at maximum speed with maximum effort and he still has a little bit to learn about that. The other thing is fundamentals because wide receiver is not a position that he grew up playing. So he is still learning the fundamentals and the nuances of the position but as I have said before, he as a lot of capability and could fit in very nicely when all of the parts fit together."

On the status of the depth chart at quarterback...
"I think Carson (Coffman) and Collin (Klein) have kind of separated themselves from Sammuel (Lamur) a little bit but I certainly will not give up on Sammuel just because he does not have the experience of the other two. But we do think he has a lot of capabilities. I think the inconsistency is a blanket statement, it covers the entire team and that includes the quarterback position. But if one of those three individuals would gain the consistency that we are talking about then I think the depth chart would define itself a little more clearly than it has."

On his recent knee injury...
"Well I lost my ACL and MCL and unless you have experienced it you never really understand the impact it can have on a young guy. If you are not supposed to turn right and you turn right, it will let you know in a heartbeat. But the amazing thing is that it did not hurt. I got up and went through practice and came in and the doctor jerked my leg around and told me my golf game is over unless I have surgery."

Quarterback Carson Coffman
On what the team needs to work on most...
"I think we need to just work on consistency. We started off really hot; I thought we started out with four great practices, and then the next three have kind of been up-and-down. So I think it's just consistency, we need to come out there and bring it every day." 

On what he needs to improve individually...
"I think that just like the rest of the team I started off hot, but the last few practices as far as consistency I need to get better. I think that playing consistent as far as checking into the right plays is important. I think that is what Coach Snyder is looking for a lot, he mentions it everyday; just not running plays that don't match up with defenses. If me or Collin (Klein) check a play he gets pretty excited about that, and I think that is where both of us need to step up and start doing that a little bit more."

On the depth chart at quarterback...
"I think it matters as far as getting repetitions, if you are the highest one, you get the most reps so I care about that. I think this week the reps might change a little bit, but we are still splitting reps pretty evenly right now."

Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On deciding to become a wide receiver...
"Coach Smith talked to me about it last year, because I used to run one-on-one drills with the receivers during the season last year. The coaches said if I wanted to try to play professionally, wide receiver was my best option. I played receiver at Oregon, about halfway through the season I started playing receiver there, so I have a little bit of experience. We kind of do a lot of the same schemes so there is not too much difference. There is a lot to learn about playing receiver. I mean playing against the different guys and coverages, getting in and out of routes. For me, my hips are kind of tight, so getting in and out of routes is something I work on all of the time."

On whether his background at quarterback is an asset at receiver ...
"Yeah, that background helps because you have seen the coverages and the schemes, so you know what they are going to do before they actually roll into different coverages. That knowledge of coverages before you actually go out and run your route is helpful."

On the quarterback battle...
"I think that whoever wins the job is going to be fine. They are all pretty good at what they do, they can all run. Even though a lot of people don't see Carson (Coffman) as a runner, he can actually run pretty well too. I mean, whoever wins it, we will be fine."

On the development of the wide receivers in general...
"It's been really good. We have a lot of guys who have been in the system for at least a year now, so it's not as much focus on learning the plays, its more about perfecting our routes and things like that."

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On David Garrett's athleticism...
"He knows a lot about football and he understands concepts, coverages and routes that the offense tries to run to exploit him. It helps him with all phases of the game."

Defensive Back David Garrett
On his football knowledge...
"Well I have been playing football since I was six or seven. I have older family members who played football and defensive back. They have always played defensive back, so football has always grown up in my family."

On his body size...
"Everytime I go somewhere or whatever position I play, I always hear about my size. When I get on the field I just try to go out and prove that size does not mean anything it is just about how you go out there and play."