K-State Holds Football Press Conference

Kansas State Football Press Conference Quotes

 

Head Coach, Bill Snyder

Opening Statement...

“Last time we spoke, we had some uncertainties. We were going to find out what they were and I said we had to practice before I could answer the questions. We have had six practices and I am not sure if I could answer all the questions right now. From day one to this point in time, the improvement level has been very, very inconsistent. I have seen some sparks. They go out rather quickly, but I have certainly seen them. There are some areas where I have been pleased with the improvement, one of those groups being the linebackers. I think they have improved overall, defensively, and collectively as a group. I think they have done a commendable job of picking up the system, attempting to execute the system, and make somewhat consistent improvement day-to-day. Offensively, the individual that has caught my eye in regards to improvement is Clyde Aufner, an offensive tackle for us, who I think has made strides for us on a somewhat regular basis. We are just a vastly inconsistent football team after six practices and that definitely needs to change. And as I shared with our football team last night, I do think we are making some headway in regards to how we practice. What I mean by that is learning how we want to practice and how we are going to transition into that. For the first time last night, I saw some positive responses in that direction. As for the specialists, collectively, I like some of the progress we have made there. I think we are moving towards the consistency needed with our punter, kicker, and snapper. I think it is the first time I have ever gone through six practices and never had to chastise a long snapper. It just reminds you that you have to be careful because it is so easy to take things for granted in football. That for the most part is an overview of what I have seen. There is obviously a lot more to it, but those are the highlights.”

 

On the quarterback situation...

“There are those inconsistencies that we talk about and it flourishes at the quarterback position. Carson (Coffman) has taken the vast majority of the snaps at the number one position, but that is not in any stretch of the imagination written in stone right now. I think Collin Klein and Joseph Kassanavoid have taken the rest of the reps and we have tried to equalize the reps as much as we can, although we probably have not done it as much as we really should. But there is a high degree of inconsistency that we have to vastly improve on. Last night’s practice was the first out of six that there was a little more of that consistency and it was a regular practice with a lot of repetitions taken, but I did see a little spark. But then again, overall, we have been inconsistent. If there had to be an order, it is merely for getting lined up and putting them on the field and somebody had to be number one that it is Carson (Coffman).”

 

On Brandon Banks...

“Brandon (Banks) is the smallest young guy I have ever seen in my life and one of the fastest. He has so much in front of him. When I say that, he is one of those inconsistencies that exist, but Brandon, off and on, you feel as though he is getting it and understanding. If he continues to practice appropriately, he will continue to grow as a player in a lot of different ways. He has talent. He has the ability to run. And you can do a number of things with someone that has the kind of quickness and speed that he has. He still has to become a better practice player and develop a better understanding of things we are trying to accomplish and how to go about it. That falls on our shoulders to make sure he finds it.”

 

Senior Defensive End Eric Childs

On the pressure of the spring game...

“I don’t think there is any pressure to perform. It’s the spring. It’s just the time to hone our skills and prepare for the season that is coming up. I don’t think that there is any added pressure. There is pressure to improve and learn and just to get better as a team.”

 

On how the defense is improving through practices...

“I really think that as a group, we are making a lot of strides. It’s not just one player; it is all 11 of us out on the field. It really does come down to that, because if one person misses an assignment, it’s the other team’s running back sprinting 80 yards down the field. It is a group effort.”

 

Sophomore Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman

On the difference in this year’s offseason as compared to last year’s...

“I have a little bit more of a head start now than I did last year. I have had a lot more off-season preparation than I was able to get before last season. So overall, I feel a little more ahead than I was last year.”

 

On the progress of the secondary...

“We are doing pretty good. We are still just trying to learn the new system and just trying to get everything down. We need to get to where we can go out there and just play, where it is second nature to us.”

 

On learning under Coach Vic Koening...

“Coach Vic is a great coach. He has been able to teach me technique and things like that in the offseason that I wasn’t able to do last year. Just as far as everybody, he is getting everybody ready and better than we were.”

 

Senior Running Back Keithen Valentine
On losing his starting role last season...

“I guess I just wasn’t doing something right. There were some changes that they wanted to make so they made them. I just kept on practicing hard and tried to get better. So now I am thankful to have a second chance under the new staff. I am just trying to get in here and learn the plays. I just try to get better every day.”

 

Senior Wide Receiver Brandon Banks
On the team’s inconsistency during practices...

“The biggest room for improvement comes from our inconsistency. I think in the last two practices we have stepped it up a little bit, but we have been inconsistent at times. There are always going to be mistakes here and there, but we just have to improve so that we are getting better every day.”

On the receivers besides himself and Lamark Brown that had stepped up during practices...
”Attrail Snipes has definitely stepped up. Matt Wykes has stepped up. Bobby Hauver, the freshman, he has stepped up pretty good. The most impressive would have to be Attrail Snipes. His speed and ability to get away from defenders has been impressive. ”