Wildcats Host Media Day

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State football team held its annual media day along with an autograph session for fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Head Coach Ron Prince

On the start of practice...

“We’ve got a lot of practice ahead of us still to get ready for our opening game.”

 

On the theme of this year...

“The Power of One comes from a couple different sources. Obviously cooperation. There is also a book that I have distributed people on our staff and in our department called, “The Power of One.” One of the things that I wanted to make sure to do was talk about having one goal, with one vision, and with one team. We really have to understand what our mission is. That is really what the Power of One is. It is something bigger than ourselves. A lot of people have given a lot to make Kansas State Football successful for a long time. So we’re trying to combine all that history.”

 

On the Physically Unable to Perform list...

“We did have several newcomers pass on their second attempt. So we are really proud of those guys for doing that. The veterans should never have a time where they do not pass the test. Our expectation is that they can do it. They are going to take it everyday until they do pass. It would be irresponsible, especially in the climate that we practice and play in, to put players out there who are not physically conditioned and ready to go.  What it does is gives reps to somebody else. That’s a positive thing. Carson Coffman is doing a real good job with the reps that he’s getting.”

 

On this year’s recruiting class...

“A year ago we recruited heavily on defense. So now, with last year’s recruiting class and this year’s recruiting class we have experience and depth.  Deon Murphy has not arrived yet. Deon has some academic work to do still. That was the case a year ago for James Johnson and Rob Jackson. It doesn’t make it easy. They miss a lot of the introductory stuff in early practices.”

 

On this year and how it differs from last year...

“Every year it’s brand new and every year it’s different. The organization has to paint a picture of how we are going to do things here at Kansas State based on the culture and the environment that we put together here. As far as the organization and the structure, it’s organization that I’ve been around and that many of us have been around. I’m just sitting in a different chair now that I have a year of experience.”

 

On Jordy Nelson...

“Jordy’s doing a real nice job. Obviously him coming back and being strong, being healthy, is going to be a big part of what we are doing. We’ve really been trying to groove some of the plays around Lamark Brown. So it’s been nice to have two players with size. As with a year ago, we didn’t have that so we had to try and adjust everything. Jordy’s much bigger for our team than just catches and blocks. He’s got a great attitude.”

 

On the defensive backfield...

“I’m really excited about Courtney Herndon, Chris Carney, Gary Chandler and some of those young players. Once again taking advantage of having a player like Marcus Watts for them to learn from.”

 

On this year’s team...

“So far this has been one of the funnest teams to be around. Every year when you first come back to put a team together in January, everybody is kind of looking around to see who are going to be the leaders and who is going to carry the team. Usually it is performances that figures out who the leaders are, but we have a really good team. You should be able to draw straws or names out of a hat to pick the captains. I think that is one of the really neat things about this team, is that we’ve got a lot of really great kids. I don’t know that we necessarily have a lot of stars on the national level, but I think that’s a positive thing. But I think we have a lot of players that will demonstrate their athletic ability at times. I’ve been very humbled by working with the team.”

Sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman

 On the being on the Physically Unable to Perform List...

“I’d say once I pass this test that will be probably the biggest hurdle for me as far as just getting back in the swing of things.

 

On how close he is to passing the conditioning test...

“Its just right at the end, the weight starts kicking.  Coach tells me all the time it’s a mental test, and I’m just working as hard I can to get this done to be there for my teammates.”

 

Senior wide receiver Jordy Nelson

On how excited he is to play his first game...

“We’re pretty excited.  We still got a long ways to go to the game.  We definitely don’t want the game right now, cause were not ready, but were workin’ that way and we just need to keep enjoying these practices, keep improving, and just get prepared.”

 

On what he thinks of the jerseys...

“I like them.”

 

Senior defensive end Rob Jackson

Comparing defensive coordinators Tibesar to Morris...

“He’s more calm, more laid back, he’s more relaxed and stuff like that.  If you mess up he’s not gonna yell at you, he’s gonna be more hands on and show you what you did wrong, but Raheem he’ll yell and scream, and do that, but that’s just the type of coach he is.”

 

On his biggest gain during the offseason...

“I would say just learning the system, and learning how to do responsibilities, and I can just react now instead of hesitating before I go.”

 

Senior running back James Johnson

On what he felt he needed to improve most upon from last year...

“Being more patient with my offensive line, and trusting them more.”

 

On his biggest gain during the offseason...

“I’ve picked up more weight, and now I’m a good weight to play football, stay healthy, and contribute more.”

 

Senior defensive back Marcus Watts

 On one newcomer on both offense and defense that has impressed him...

“Ernie Pierce is a guy that stuck out in my mind because I see him a lot, obviously because he’s a receiver.  He’s done a great job over the summer getting himself ready for camp, and he’s done a good job so far in camp.  On the defensive side we’ve got a lot of guys.  Chris Patterson is a really good athlete, Antwon Moore has had a really good camp, Mike Abana is a big, fast guy.  There’s a lot of people everybody needs to look out for.”

 

On being a senior...

“It’s weird because I was in their shoes one time.  First day of practice me and Jordy actually said this feels weird, but we know we have to show the younger guys how we do it here at K-State, and the effort you have to put in to become successful.”

 

Junior defensive end Ian Campbell

 On the conditioning test...

“It’s different for everyone.  To me it’s as much mental as it is anything else, but you get to be a bigger guy and it can get to be more of a physical thing.  If they just keep working, those guys can pass it."