K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

Aug. 30, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the running back position…
“I think that each one of them is a little bit different. Robert (Rose), even though he is the smallest in the group, really is kind of difficult to find – remember how Darren (Sproles) was and how we spoke of him. Darren was a hard guy to find but he had talent and ability to go along with it, but so does Robert. When you put those big 6’7 guys in there battling each other, he waddles between their legs, and he has good quickness and movement. John (Hubert) is a good movement guy. He may not change directions quite as quick as Robert, but he still has good quickness and change of direction. Both of them are not very large, but they do have some explosiveness to them. They are not un-powerful runners. I think that Angelo (Pease) and Bryce (Brown) bring a little more speed to the position. They are a little bit bigger and perhaps a little bit more physical. They are all a little bit different, but all have done a decent job so far.”

On the competition at running back…
“We cannot allow it to be four guys during the season. We have to make some definitive selections and go with it. That does not mean that all four of them could get on the field, it does not mean all of them will not, but it is not going to be by a four-man committee.”

On B.J. Finney moving to guard…
“He is a really versatile young man and can really play a lot of places. He can play center, guard or tackle. He has worked at all of those spots in order to enhance the depth of our offensive line. We had to have a number of guys play at multiple positions. Part of that was due to injury and part of it is due to making sure that we can establish the right depth at the right places. He has played across the board. He is a freshman, so he has been able to handle it reasonably well up to this time. We will utilize him the best way that we can.”

On Vai Lutui and Ray Kibble…
“Both of them play hard. I think that Ray has really come into his own. He has been a more physical player and has been a tremendous-effort player during the course of our preseason practices, which I appreciate a great deal. Vai has really done the same thing. He practices hard, and I am convinced that he will play hard as well.”

On the quarterback competition…
“Collin (Klein) was taking the reps, but it was very competitive. Sammuel (Lamur) really did a nice job. There were some times where Sammuel was very pleased in regards to his performance. I think it was a matter of consistency over a period of time that allowed us to go exclusively with Collin.”

On progress of Sammuel Lamur…
“There was a period of time where he was not making that continued progress that he had. He went from A to Z very consistently through the 27 practices that we had. Each day was a little better and a little better. After a while, he hit a plateau where he did not go downhill, he just did not continue on that progress that he made.”

On Adam Davis and Jordan Voelker…
“I think that Adam is a very competitive young guy. He has as an innate knack for the game. He is one of those guys where every snap is going to be the same for him, so it is going to be his best effort each time if he succeeds or fails. Voelker is as consistent a player as we have on our football team. You know exactly what you are going to get, and you get it exactly the same way. He is very responsible and capable. Whatever he is responsible for, you know what you are going to get.”

On difference at linebacker from last season…
“I think that we are quicker and a bit more physical. We are rangier, and we have better length than what we did. Tre (Walker) has some experience. Arthur (Brown) does not have as much experience and has not been on the field as much. Emmanuel (Lamur) has a year as a starter and Tre has a half year as a starter. With the backups, Alex (Hrebec) has been on the field, so that gives you experience to the position.”

On Emmanuel’s transition to linebacker…
“He handled it quite well.  He enjoys it and feels that it is the right spot for him. Making a transition from one position to another is never an easy one. You take corners who are normally the fastest on your defense and you move them to safety. If they are physical enough, you will probably enhance the speed of your safety position. Now when you can move safeties down to your linebacker, if they are physical enough, then you have enhanced the speed, and that is what we have been able to do with Emmanuel.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On what the starting job means to him…
“It has been an honor. There has been a lot of work that has gone into it, along with a lot of preparation, obviously on my part, but with the coaches as well. Coach (Del) Miller has worked extremely hard with me. Coach Snyder has worked extremely hard with me, and it is a matter of continuing to improve, even within these last few days. We have to just keep getting better and keep making improvements. You can never be good enough at this game at any level. So that is the case now, and I am just trying to get myself better.”

On his feelings going into Saturday…
“It is very exciting, it really is. There is just so much that goes into it. We have all worked very hard and it is just very exciting.”

On the depth at running back…
“Coach (Dana) Dimel does such a great job with them. We are all pretty much on the same page no matter who is back there. They are all working extremely hard, and they have all prepared themselves so they can execute. It is just a matter of who is in there and that person getting the job done. I have to make sure that I do not do anything to let them down in that process as well.”

On the state of the offense heading into this weekend…
“I think that the fact that we have not played a game yet, we are still searching for an identity. That is something that I am sure that we are going to grow into as the season goes on. You cannot really look at it as replacing players from last year. I think it is just about new opportunities for new people to step up, and this season is going to be no different. We are excited for that challenge and that opportunity and we will see what happens.”

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On his level of eagerness for gameday…
“Seeing the countdown clock out front makes me very excited for gameday. The reality and the payment of all the hard work that we have put in is setting in, and we are all really excited to be able to play in front of our fans. It is going to be a very good game. Eastern Kentucky is a very good team. They are a really sound, fundamental team. It will be a great opening game for us to see where we have come from and see improvements that we have to make. Any team can lose any given day, and we are going to play this game like any other conference game.”

On the offensive line during camp…
“The offensive line has grown very, very, very close. It is kind of a family within a family. It is a unit. We all have to be close and know each other really well, and when it comes to gameday, we do not throw surprises at each other.”

Defensive Back David Garrett
On the changes from last season…
“I do not really have to say as much as I did last year. I still know what everyone is doing on the field. I still have to know as much as I did last year, and I still have to be as aggressive, but I do not have to be as vocal as last year. The defense has a lot more experience, a lot more speed. More players are a lot more physical. When you put all those things together, you have a better team.”

On the difference between this year’s defense and last year’s…
“We have a lot more experience, more speed, more players who are a lot more physical than we were last year as a team. When you put those together, we are just a better defense as a whole.”

Defensive Back Nigel Malone
On how the secondary is coming together…
“I think that we are coming together on and off the field. We hang out a lot together. So I think that all the pieces are here. We are definitely trying to do the best that we can. On the field, we are communicating a lot more – going through calls and just being in better contact with each other.”

On the benefits of going through spring ball…
“I think the main benefit of going through spring ball was the fact that I got to share my knowledge with other guys. I basically tried to help out any way that I could. I just tried to adjust to the nuances of the game.”

Defensive End Jordan Voelker
On the defensive line compared to last year…
“There is always going to be those comparisons to last year, but we are hoping to be better and are striving to be better. They have been comparing us all the time to the team from last year. I love those guys and nothing against them, but we were not very good as a whole defense. So we are just trying to be better and do more than we did last year to be better as a whole.”

On the depth on the defensive line…
“I feel like we have more size and depth than what we had last year. We are not as short but weight-wise we are about the same, if not bigger. I think our speed on the outside will help us a lot more at the defensive end position. We have a lot more depth because we are four or five deep at the end position, so that should help in the long run since it is a long season. We will have a lot of room for those nagging injuries.”

On the speed this season…
“Maybe not on the clock we are faster but game speed with our pads on we are faster. We are processing plays and reading the offense a lot faster than last year. Our forty times are about the same but as a whole we are faster.”

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On the excitement of game week…
“It is very exciting. With all the preparation we have done in the offseason through the winter and the summer conditioning programs, it is finally nice to get back into it. The game is here finally, just a few days away.”

On how much the defense has grown since the start of camp…
“We made some strides through spring ball, but all the preparation that we have done through the summer program and especially the fall camp has really paid off.”

On the cornerbacks…
“In my mind, that is the heaviest competition spot on the defense. We have a lot of guys that we can just plug in and play, and we can win with any of them.”