FB Holds Third Spring Media Session

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 19, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On third week of practice...
"We finished reasonably well, I thought Friday's practice and Saturday's practice were more positives than negatives. Friday we had a full practice and then came back early Saturday and had a full scale scrimmage, an extensive full scale scrimmage. To be able to put two practices like that back to back and have the kind of spirit that we had which was positive and the ability to focus over an extended period of time and just the toughness to come off of one and go right back into the other, I thought was good and a positive step for us. The scrimmage we had was very inconsistent but this was the first scrimmage. We worked daily ones against ones and this was the first scrimmage that we had ones against ones and you cannot win that. Fifty percent are going to do good and fifty percent are not and that is just the way it is, but it was interesting the way it played out and maybe it speaks to our inconsistencies but by the same token maybe it speaks to the fact that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. We do a lot of different things in our scrimmages, and they are all situational type things. It was almost like clockwork every alternate series the opposite side of the ball did well. We started out in short yardage and our offense was very good. The second series was long yardage and our defense did very good. We went into moving the ball and the offense was good in the first series and the defense the second series and it just went back and forth like that the entire scrimmage. It speaks to a lot of things. I hope what it speaks to is the fact that when things are not going as well as you would like for them to, that you develop the capacity to reach back to get a little bit more toughened up and play better. It was an interesting day for the most part but there was good things on both sides of the ball and good things in the kicking game as well."

On separation between the quarterbacks...
"I think it is about the same (from last week). If we had to play perhaps we would have to define one so we would, but I am not prepared to do that and do not feel the necessity to do that. As I have said at the very outset we will go through all of spring before we define how we will go into the fall and the way we go into the fall will not necessarily be the way we play the first game, but we will not go up to the first game and you know that is not going to happen. We will make that distinction probably ten days before the first ball game."

On the progress of Collin Klein...
"Collin has gotten better. It has been kind of like our team has maybe that is just the nature, not just the position but the nature of athletics. Here is where he is and here is where he started and how he got there was erratic. The good point is if you drew a straight line from where he was and where he is now, he has elevated his performance. A lot of that comes from experience because he spent more time as a wide receiver last year in practice time than he did at quarterback. It is like taking a defensive back and moving him to wide receiver and vice versa. The experience of understanding the other side of the ball is really instrumental and elevates your global knowledge of the game. The more you know about what is going on around you will probably be easier to know and understand your role and how it fits in with everything".

On freshmen Billy Cosh and Ty Zimmerman...
"I really like what I have seen. Again I do not like to say a lot about someone who has not been on the field but he (Cosh)  has shown me that he can put some zip on the ball and can throw it around. He is just going through a learning process right now with a new system. Ty has put himself into a position that has been impressive. He has what you would expect from a coach's son. He has that global fixture to make the move from quarterback to the secondary and he has a good feel for it and good instincts, so I think he will do well. He went the entire out of season as a quarterback and we moved him, and he practiced with us one day before he had been in a meeting and that practice was a scrimmage. We injected him into the scrimmage without him having the opportunity to go through serious meetings and practice and he showed those instincts that caught our attention. He will stay where is as a safety but he has proven to us that he has the capacity to play."


Offensive Lineman Zach Hanson

On the pressure that comes with playing time...
"We have a lot of good offensive lineman so there is always pressure. Cornelius Lucas is a big kid who is improving everyday as is Colten Freeze. We have got some good players that can fill in so I just try to go out and do my best everyday and keep improving."

On playing multiple positions...
"I played guard and a little bit of tackle at junior college and tackle in high school. I can play right tackle but I feel a little more comfortable at left tackle.  At this level, it is a lot different (playing guard vs. playing tackle). There are a lot bigger defensive tackles and defensive ends are a lot faster, so it is a whole different ballgame. I have not tried to play guard here; I am just trying to stick to playing tackle."

On relying on the returning starters on the offensive line...
"It is a lot easier because they have already done it and proven themselves. They will talk to me and let me know if I am doing something right or something wrong. Zach Kendall knows what he is doing and he has been in the program. He has been playing at his left guard spot for a while so he has definitely been a big help."


Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall

On what he is expecting out of the spring game...
"We want to establish the run game. I feel like we have been passing the ball pretty well so far this off-season. Especially me, as an offensive lineman, I like to run the ball. I think there is something dominating about it. So that is what I would like to see us do well on Saturday, so people can recognize that we are better than we were last year at running the ball."

On whom he expects to do well on Saturday...
"I think Daniel Thomas. But we have also got a couple other good running backs to go along with him. William Powell has been stepping up and taking reps with the (first team) with D.T.  He (Powell) is something else to watch because he has moves for days and he is really good at hitting the hole quickly. He is just a good, solid running back."

His thoughts on the team's quarterback situation...
"We have a lot of good quarterbacks. It is really up in the air right now but they are all doing a good job competing for the starting spot. I feel comfortable with any of them."

On the depth of the offensive line...
"I feel like we have great depth right now. It is spring, so people do get banged up a little bit. But it helps because it gives the younger guys a chance to get some reps and that is what spring ball is about; getting a two-deep rotation on the line and getting our young guys comfortable with the system. It has been really helpful to get those guys in those game-type situations and let them flourish."

His thoughts on the upcoming Spring Game...
"It helps get you a little more fired up when you have a couple thousand fans out in the stadium. It is fun to play in front of our fans and to give them a good show. But it is just going to be a scrimmage just like we had last Saturday but it is going to be different because there will be people in the stadium. I think we will be a little more focused than we were last Saturday. It is going to be just like a game, the environment and with the crowd; it is going to be different."


Linebacker/Defensive End Josh Berard

On how his size is an advantage...
"The key to beating some of these big guys is to use your speed and in terms of leverage to get underneath them. That is what a good pass rush is, and that is what I can bring to the table."

On the team's depth at defensive end...
"I think very highly of Brandon Harold. He is a great player all around, that is all I can say. You could see it his freshman year, and he is just getting a lot better. He is ready to go. We've got Antonio Felder still and we are going to have Payton Kirk step up for us, so the depth is pretty solid. It is going to be nice that when the opponent's offensive tackle is getting tired, we can just keep that rotation going and keep getting a pass rush."

On how the defense is playing...
"I think this year that we play a lot faster, so they are just allowing us to play football. When you just allow us to play football, good things happen after that. All I can say is that we are focused. We understand that this is more than just a scrimmage, its that starting point for the season. People are going to take what they see in the scrimmage and make assumptions about what is going to happen in the season so we know we have got to be on our game. We are going to do everything to the best of our ability."


Defensive Back Stephen Harrison

On depth in the defensive backfield...
"We have Darius Thomas and some other JUCO transfers that came in so I think we are going to have a lot of depth at the position. With my experience I should be able to help them out and tell them what to look for. I would say that I have a leadership role, I have to step up with Josh (Moore) being gone at cornerback."

On the defensive backs development over the spring...
"We have been trying to get a little bit better each day like Coach Snyder says. At first a couple of the young guys didn't know what to expect from the practices, but I think now we have got a hold of it and we are getting better each day. We are making great strides towards being a great team next year."

On his switch from wide receiver...
In high school, I played cornerback but when I got up here they moved me to wide receiver my first two years. When Coach Snyder first got here in the offseason he asked me if I wanted to play cornerback and I said that I would like to try it out. He knew that was what I had played in high school and what I had tried to come up here and play, so he just gave me the opportunity to play it and I am making the most of it. So I kind of had some of the background and the skills, but I just had to keep working at it and getting better. Now I feel like I have got a hold on it. The first couple of games things were kind of going fast and I had to learn on the go. After the games went on and I got more and more used to playing the position I began to know what to expect and it slowed down for me. Now as the game slows down for me, I know how to look at alignments and pick up assignments, so I better know what to expect.  That just comes with experience. With cornerback it is just a lot about technique, and with me switching over from wide receiver there is a lot of learning involved, and that takes time. Once you get a hold of it though you can start to try to master the position."