K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Bill Snyder

Aug. 31, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On how much further Carson Coffman was ahead of the other quarterbacks...
"They all had their ups and downs. Each had good days and some not quite as good. I cannot put it on a scale for you. He (Coffman) was just more consistent, and he has a little bit more comfort in the experience factor. I do not think it was a difficult choice, but you have to make the choice either way."

On what he wants to see from Carson Coffman this year...
"I think the most important thing is the consistent factor, not turning the ball over, throwing the ball in the right spot and making good decisions about where the ball is going to go. I think all those things enter into it, and I think because he was new on the field last year that kind of slowed him down."

On how Carson Coffman handled going to a reserve role last year...
"I think he certainly made the effort to learn and get better, but I do not think anyone is happy when they lose their starting spot. I think he handled it quite well and was good with his interaction towards the other quarterbacks. He really tried to help Grant (Gregory) with getting familiar with the system, and I think that is what good caring teammates do. He is certainly one of those. This always makes me tell a story about Jonathan Beasley when Michael Bishop took his starting position. He (Beasley) was the reason why Bishop became so productive early in his career, and I think Carson had an impact on how well Grant played."

On how the offensive line operates as a unit...
"The more you understand what the guy on the right and left side of you is doing, communication becomes more frequent and probably more accurate over a period of time. There is so much that takes place if you are an offensive lineman. You see a lot of things. Nobody just lines up and just plays. There is not just a guy on your left and right shoulder, it is always changing. It is also not something that you just react to and move on. There is communication that has to take place. The more you do it, the more you get a feel for it, and I think our guys have done that. That communication makes them closer as a group, and part of that is when they come back from the summer and talk about camping and canoeing, football is part of that conversation."

On Manase Foketi and Ethan Douglas...
"Manase has done well. I like the progress that he has made and how quickly he has picked things up. He came in late during the summer and his teammates helped him along like good teammates will do. When we got started in two-a-days, he was able to keep up because of the system and the help of the players that worked out with him. He has done a nice job and he is athletic. I like that as well. Ethan is doing well and has made a great deal of improvement as you would expect from repetition as it allows for rapid improvement. He has taken advantage of the opportunity and has played well."

On the cornerback position...
"(Terrance) Sweeney and (Stephen) Harrison will play out there and (David) Garrett will get some time as well. We feel comfortable that we are two deep there at the cornerback spot and maybe not quite two deep at the safety spot. What I like about our secondary is that you can see the improvement that has taken place over a period of time. Troy (Butler) can play inside or outside and David Garrett can as well."

On whether this team has a personality yet...
"I could not tell you. I know we had a former player talking to the team last night and he brought up the topic of establishing a brand, and I do not know if they have established that at this point in time."

Senior Quarterback Carson Coffman
On his improvement from last year...
"Well, for me, I think it's just learning the system and having guys around me who know the system as well. We are all on the same page. I feel confident that I can get the job done."

On losing the starting job last year...
"It was tough, but I think it was a good experience for me. I've got one more shot to get it done, so that is what I am going to do."

Sophomore Tight End Travis Tannahill
On learning from former K-State tight end Jeron Mastrud...
"He definitely helped me out with learning the playbook. Coming in as the new guy, he was the guy I went to when I had questions and got with after practice to figure out the schemes and running concepts. He brought a great work ethic to the team, and his leadership skills were phenomenal. He was a team captain last year, so I am just trying to go into a similar leadership role this year."

On starting at tight end...
"I am definitely excited about my role. I think Andre McDonald and I will get quite a bit of playing time according to what coaches have been saying. I am very excited about the opportunity and the chance to get on the field this year."

Senior Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On Saturday's game against UCLA...
"I am more excited than I can express. It gets a little repetitive out on the practice field during spring ball, summer and two-a-days, so I am really excited to get out there on Saturday."

On getting prepared for the upcoming season...
"Things have been going alright in practice, but we still have a lot that we can improve on. That is the main focus for this week. We just need to fix the minor detail and polish everything up. We will see how things go, but we still have a lot of things to work on."

Sophomore Linebacker Blake Slaughter
On the progression of the Wildcat linebackers...
"It is back and forth, and we are always battling everyday. You just have to do your best. We have a bunch of guys with a lot of talent who are willing to do things right. You just have to go out and give your best everyday and hope for the best. I think the competition is definitely good for us. (Alex) Hrebec is always pushing us. Tre (Walker), Jarell (Childs) and (Kevin) Rohleder are all doing well, and the competition is great and ultimately makes everybody better."

On opening the season against UCLA...
"It is definitely a big game. My parents are going to make it up for the game, so it is a very big deal. It is on national television, so that definitely adds some importance to it. Also, with this being the first game, it kind of sets the tone for the entire season. I think we need to bring our A-game."

Senior Defensive Back Stephen Harrison
On the Kansas State secondary...
"Emmanuel (Lamur), Tysyn (Hartman) and myself are all back from last year, so we have been in this situation before. We have experience, so we know what to look for (on the field), and we know what each other is going to do and what to expect from each other out there."

On opening the season with UCLA...
"You want to play against the best teams you can, and UCLA is a great team. It is going to be a great test for us. I think that we are ready and looking forward to it. With the game being on ABC, it makes it a big game. We want to show the nation what kind of team we have, especially the secondary. It is going to be a great feeling to run out in front of all our fans, especially on Family Reunion weekend. I cannot even describe what kind of a feeling it is going to be. It is just going to be great."

Junior Defensive Back Emmanuel Lamur
On the season opener against UCLA ...
"I think that we are well prepared. I am very excited for the season to start. We are very happy to be playing UCLA at home this year because this could be a great start to our season. I think UCLA is a very good team, so we have come prepared and I think we will."

On the secondary...
"I think the secondary as a whole has a better connection this year. Tysyn (Hartman) and I have another year of experience, so that helps us out a lot. We expect more from each other, and we know our strengths and weaknesses. We need to try and play fast and play on the same page. We are very confident right now in what we can do as a secondary."