K-State Football Media Day Press Conference

Aug. 5, 2011

Defensive Coordinator Chris Cosh
On difficulty of last season…
“You want better results. Obviously when you start off 5-0 and you are decent and obviously you had things that you have to improve on, but we kind of wore down at the end and did not finish the way we wanted to.”

On fixing the defense throughout the season…
“Well you always try to fix everything each week. Sometimes it is fundamentals, sometimes it is a mistake and sometimes it is both coupled up together at times. It did not look good but we are working on that now. We have more depth and guys right now that have good chemistry and I really like the guys that we have right now that are coming back and the direction that they are heading.”

On players that can be building blocks…
“We build around attitude and toughness. Guys that work hard and have the commitment and that are good teammates. We have quite a few of those guys right now, which is good, with Arthur Brown and Emmanuel Lamur, and Trey Walker, for a young guy, has great enthusiasm and spirit and we are going to feed off of that.”

On contributions from Adam Davis…
“Adam Davis is going to be able to contribute for us as a bandit end and he has really good quickness.”

On Emmanuel Lamur’s position change…
“He loves it. You have to convince him but he knows that he fits in there. We call him “Too Tall” because he is really tall in there but he is bending his knees and playing about 5-foot-5. He has great emotion and spirit and those guys feed off of each other really well.”

Offensive Coordinator Dana Dimel
On playing just one running back…
“No, I have never really functioned off of that in the past. I really like to have running back by committee. I have never really had just one. I would have to have a very talented kid just to play one. Because they all bring different styles and pieces to what they do, I think having it that way really compliments your offense.”

On newcomer Angelo Pease…
“He is physical, he is fast, and he has some versatility for what he can do. He is a comfortable being in the backfield because he played quarterback in college and in high school. He just has some good leadership skills.

On the similarities of Angelo Pease and Daniel Thomas…
“They both played quarterback so there is a high learning curve, you learn a little more quickly because you played quarterback in the past and you get the big overall picture.”

On Freshman Quarterback Daniel Sams…
“I don’t see him playing that much this year. He may have a chance to play some at wide receiver but that might not happen because of the depth that we have. We have some really, really good depth at that position. Daniel (Sams) might do that down the road but right now we are going to have him stick at quarterback.”