SE: Complacency a Buzz Word in K-State Camp

Head Coach Bill Snyder

Aug. 29, 2012

By Mark Janssen

A lot has been made of K-State’s ’16 Goals For Success,’ but there is also a 17th area of emphasis that this Wildcat football team of 2012 has been hearing on a daily basis.

The word is complacency.

Goal No. 17, if you will.

“Our youngsters have been hearing about that since last January after the Cotton Bowl,” said K-State coach Bill Snyder. “They may think its rule 17, 18 and 19, because they’re going to continue to hear it an awful lot.”

After a 2011 season when K-State started the year ranked No. 8 in the preseason Big 12 rankings, the Wildcats found ways into the victory column 10 times, which included eight games decided by a touchdown or less.

How unusual was that? Well, never before in K-State history has a Wildcat team won more than three games decided by a touchdown or less in the same year.

The series of close wins elevated K-State to No. 8 status in the national polls with a final game played in the prestigious Cotton Bowl against Arkansas.

To that, Snyder says, “We’ve all had a lot of pats on the back. You have to be aware of that. You appreciate the kind words, but they mean nothing in 2012. You can’t just take for granted that those narrow wins will continue.”

Throughout the weeks of this season, Snyder will make sure that specific examples of how complacency has touched the Wildcat program in past years:

• 2004 – Kansas State came off a Big 12 championship season in 2003 when it won 11 games, which included a league title win against the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 35-7. In 2004 the Wildcats found themselves in the win column just four times.

“Complacency very much had something to do with that season,” said Snyder. “To a degree, there was an expectation that wins would just come automatically.”

• 2001 – The Wildcats enjoyed 11-win seasons from 1997-2000, but, in 2001, K-State was no better than 6-6.

“When we got to the 2001 season, every player on the roster had only been a part of 11-win seasons,” said Snyder. “In 2001, 11 wins were expected. We had a letdown early and couldn’t get it turned around.”

Even last year, Snyder said that complacency was a concern.

“All you have to do is look at the first game we played last year,” said Snyder in reference to a 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky when the deciding points came in the final 99 seconds of the game. “It was a season where we were tremendously fortunate in a number of games.”

Then, Snyder said, “As the season progressed, we started playing with great confidence in our capabilities. But I firmly believe that confidence came from those ’16 Goals For Success’ playing a significant role.”

Snyder emphasized that even though there are oodles of returning starters this season, “The dynamics of every team are a little different than the year before and this year is no exception.”

With COMPLACENCY being a buzz word to the season, Snyder will be using the following phrase each and every day with this 2012 Kansas State football team. It’s on the flip side of the ’16 Goals For Success’ card that each player carries with them.

This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
Leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure.
In order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it because the future is just a whole string of nows.

The only notable change on the depth chart comes at right guard where Keenan Taylor (6-1, 290, Jr.) has taken the place of Boston Stiverson. Backing Taylor is Ethan Douglas (6-6, 319, Sr.).

• Backing up Nick Puetz at left guard is Matt Kleinsorge, a 6-5, 300-pound redshirt-freshman.

• The lone true-freshman on the depth chart is defensive tackle Travis Britz (6-4, 290) from Harrisonville, Mo. Britz is listed as being tied with Javonta Boyd as a second-team defensive tackle.

“He’s a hard-nosed young guy who has some talent,” said Snyder of Britz. “He doesn’t know his right from his left right now, but he’s getting better and better in understanding our system.”

• Listed as knotted for a backup cornerback position are Randall Evans (6-0, 190, So.) and Kip Daily (5-11, 181, Jr.).

EITHER/OR: Listed as toss-ups heading into the first game of the year are Justin Tuggle (6-3, 237, Sr.) and Jarell Childs (6-2, 230, Sr.) at one of the linebacker spots.

“That’s a very close competition, which is very favorable for us,” said Snyder. “Both of them bring the same thing to the table, but Jarell is more experienced in the system and Justin hasn’t been in a game environment, yet. But he’s picked things up reasonable well. Both are reasonably physical players for that position, with god size and the ability to run.”

Arthur Brown said of his teammates, “They both bring a competitive spirit to the defense. They both bring different elements to our defense. Jarrell (Childs) is explosive and quick. He has a knack for getting to the ball. That goes for (Justin) Tuggle as well. Coming from the offensive side of the ball, he definitely has a great understanding of what is going on.”

Also an either/or case at No. 2 quarterback are Daniel Sams (6-2, 204, RFr.) and Sam Johnson (5-11, 215, So.).

“Their progress has been somewhat steady, but with ups and downs,” said Snyder. “They’ve gained a better perception of what our offense is all about and what we’re attempting to do. There are certain things Daniel is more comfortable with, and the same is true for Sam. The No. 2 guy onto the field will not necessarily mean he’s the No. 2 guy, but just the guy who can do what we need at that particular point in time.”

FOURTH SELLOUT ANNOUNCED: K-State has announced that the Kansas game scheduled for Oct. 6 is a sellout. That game joins Missouri State, North Texas and Oklahoma State as sellouts.

ENTER HERE: K-State has asked fans to help improve pedestrian flow on the west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The athletics department is urging fans to utilize the entrance gates nearest their seating locations when entering the stadium as follows:

• Fans sitting in Sections 1, 2 and 3 on the north end should enter at Gate B.
• Fans sitting in Sections 4 and 5 should enter at Gates C.
• Fans sitting in Sections 5 or 6 should enter at Gates D.
• Fans sitting in Sections 7 and 8 should enter at Gate F.
• Fans sitting in Sections 9, 10 and 11 should enter at Gate H.

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