K-State Holds Football Media Day

Prizell Brown at Media Day

Aug. 6, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan - The Kansas State football team held its annual media day activities on Friday following a morning practice.

 

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the battle for the starting quarterback spot...

"Well I think the gap is closing right now. The opportunity for Sammuel (Lamur) to be a part of that has remained open and he has proven to us that he can remain a part of that mix. I wouldn't say that anyone has a clear lead at the quarterback position. I would say that when we take the reps, Carson (Coffman) takes the first rep, Collin (Klein) takes the second rep and Sammuel takes the third. We aren't going to invest that kind of repetition unless there is a belief that they are on an equal stage and will remain competitive for the spot. If we had the decision, I would tell you, and we would go with it. We would not equalize their reps."

 

On Brandon Harold coming back from injury last season...

"Number one, I would expect him to work diligently to make up ground. I would expect the same thing that I expect from any other youngster in our program. I think he is practicing well, I see some positive things. I think that there is still a lot of learning to take place for him, just from missing the opportunity to be on the field in a little bit different of a system. It takes some time, but I think he is responding to that well at this point."

 

On the development of Prizell Brown on the defensive line...

"Prizell has been prominent up to this point in time. He is larger now than he was, he has gained some weight and he is really handling the weight well. I think that takes some getting used to, and what I do not want to do is impede his quickness, because he has some good quickness up front. He will get to the right weight that will allow him to be as quick as he is capable of, while at the same time remaining physical."

 

On the team's improvement from year one to now...

"We still have so much to accomplish, and I would hate to take anything for granted. You would like to think that with a year of experience in a different environment that you would improve, and I would like to think that has taken place. I certainly would not take it for granted that it will continue to do that. I thought that we were a better team coming out of spring than we were going in. I think that what I have seen these first couple of days, and this is really early, that we are a little bit better football team today than we were at the end of spring practice. That is a positive thing. It means that they have taken a stride or two over the course of the summer. To be able to say that we are going to be a better football team or a more successful football team, that is a little hard to put a handle on right now."

 

On the effort of Braden Wilson...

"Braden doesn't change. Braden is kind of like I am in that respect. He is one of those guys that is going all-out every time you see him. No matter what the snap might be, he does it like it is supposed to be done. You would like to have 105 Braden Wilsons. That does not mean other guys do not work hard, but I think that Braden kind of sets the standard in that respect. He knows one speed and that is everything you have got every single snap. I love him to death for that."

 

Junior Offensive Lineman Clyde Aufner

On playing and being a leader on the offensive line...

"I'm going to have to get better just like everyone else, that's our main thing that we stress every day. It is the second day of camp and we are not where we need to be yet, but we are getting there. The main thing is getting better. Every time we go out there we try to be leaders, that's all we try to do."

 

On replacing Nick Stringer...

"Well he was a great player. That is hard to replace, but we have a bunch of guys that I think can be as good."

 

On improving from a 6-6 record a year ago...

"Oh I think so, none of us are satisfied with that and we have a lot of guys with talent. I think as far as that we can get better. Nobody wants to be 6-6 because I think we have the capabilities to do better. We are a better team than we were last year so we need to keep on improving and see where we can go from there."

 

Senior Wide Receiver Aubrey Quarles

On playing with a new core of receivers...

"Yeah, it is definitely different from last year, the guys that I came in with. The junior college guys are gone and now we have a different core of receivers with transfer guys and new freshmen. It is definitely a new group of receivers but I feel that we all bond together and we are ready for this season."

 

On what he brings as a receiver...

"I feel that I have a great set of hands and I run good routes. I mean I am not afraid to go across the middle and catch the ball. Not that anybody was afraid, but that is something that I bring to the table."

 

On sophomore wide receiver Brodrick Smith...

"Brodrick is a big body, a big target to throw the ball to. He has pretty nice speed and good hands as well."

 

On sophomore wide receiver Chris Harper...

"He is really smart coming from the quarterback position. He is just an athlete out there. He is just another big body and big target to throw the ball to out there as well."

 

On returning only five or six catches from last season's receiving core...

"Five or six catches coming from last year, I mean, that is what happened last year, but we are all working right now. From this summer and through this camp right now we are working on getting the connections that we need with the quarterbacks and with our relationship and chemistry. I feel that we will be okay when the season comes."

 

Senior Running Back Daniel Thomas

On his expectations of the offense for this season...

"I think the sky is the limit for us. We have a lot of playmakers on offense so I think we can be as good as we want to be."

 

On the current quarterback situation...

"They (Carson Coffman, Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur) are just battling it out right now. But with any one of those guys, I think that we can get the job done. So we are just trying to find the clear-cut number-one right now."

 

Junior Safety Emmanuel Lamur

On what areas the defense needs to improve on from last year...

"We need to come together. I think we just need to play together and have fun out there. We need to give everything we have got and leave nothing behind. But the whole defense has room to improve. We are a team so it is not just the defensive line or the linebackers or the secondary. We all have areas we can improve."


Junior Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman

On combating the heat...

"Drinking fluids every day. We have water bottles that we carry around, Gatorade and all types of different things. The trainers are forcing us to drink all day to keep us in the battle."

 

On if any younger players are standing out ...

"Not really, we have a lot of guys that we can really win with, guys with the proper training and if they keep working they can really step up and help us this fall."

 

On his personal goals for this year...
"Really just to build on the success that I had last year. Coach Burns is a great coach and he is committed to making me a better player and really just making the secondary the best unit in the Big 12."