K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

Sept. 6, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On defensive back Nigel Malone…
“He is very intense and focused. He pays close attention to what he is coached to do, and he tries to replicate that on the game field. A week ago I could not answer that question the same way because I did not know the answer, but I thought he was in the right place and doing what he was to suppose to be doing. There was a discipline to his game. I appreciate that and I think that it comes from focus and concentration on his part. He tries to learn the system well and execute it the best way that he can.”

On the offensive line…
“We have some growth to make. For our younger guys, it is their first time on the field for us. It was an eye-opening experience for them, but I think that they are capable and I truly believe that. I think that the mistakes that they made are correctable mistakes. Part of it was footwork – it was very inconsistent and that comes from being nervous about what they were doing and not staying focused on what the mechanics of their position happen to be snap after snap. I think that the opportunity to be on the field is really going to be very beneficial for our interior three.”

On the running backs…
“John (Hubert) probably had the better day of the young people that played and will all likely hood go into the coming week as the No. 1 running back. The others did some good things and each had some flaws in their games, but there were some things I liked from each of them. It will remain competitive, but John will be the first one taking reps.”

On the early bye week…
“It was just a quirk in the scheduling. I did not really have a great deal of control over it. I normally would not like to have such an early open date, but considering some of the issues that we had that need corrected, it might be a godsend in that respect.”

On Collin Klein’s play…
“He passed the class, but he is not a 4.0 student yet. He still has some growth to make as well, but I think for him, he really thrives on the learning process. I think he saw where the mistakes were made and how he might go back and correct them. He will be very cognizant about that and conscientious about trying to make the improvement. He will work very diligently to try and correct the issues that he had.”

On Tyler Lockett’s play…
“Tyler did fine. He put the ball on the ground and there are a number of reasons why that took place. It could have been prevented by a number of other assignment errors that were made at other positions, but by the same token, you have to hold on to it when you catch it. I thought he did well and handled himself well on punt returns. Ty Zimmermann was having trouble with the flight of the ball because of the way it was kicked and because of the way the wind was blowing. Then for Tyler to be in there catching that for the first time as a true freshman, I thought he did extremely well. I am sure he was a little nervous as well.”

On Chris Harper’s growth…
“I think that he has always been capable, so it did not surprise me that he made the (touchdown) catch. It was a well thrown ball, but what I thought was such a positive thing about the catch was his ability to keep his feet in because he was reasonably close to the end line when he caught the ball. There was a possibility that he could have stepped out of bounds, but he was very cognizant about where he was on the field and made a big difference. He has made strides. I do not know that the one play is indicative of the growth that he has made. He still has some things in his game that have to become better, and he understands that as well.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On Sheldon Smith’s performance…
“He is a very, very smart player. He knows a lot and tries to accomplish our schemes. He is very accountable to that. I know where he is going to be, and he is going to be there on time. He has great athletic ability, good speed and good hands.”

On how the team took their performance against Eastern Kentucky…
“We all really care. We take our performances seriously. We are all affected by our performance, and Coach (Snyder) was telling us that it is a sign that we care. We want to make it better. I think that Sheldon’s a great teammate because he tries to make himself and this team better. It’s hard to tell, but we were all upset.”

On his performance Saturday…
“There were some opportunities missed. Obviously, it was the first game. There are some plays that myself and this team make all the time, and we just did not make it happen. It is frustrating, but at the same time you have to realize that it is all fixable things. We have to get it rolling and it was encouraging to see that at the same time.”

On importance of the bye week…
“It is very important – a good chance to take a deep breath. We will have multiple opportunities to try and get better. We’ll regroup and try it again.”

Running Back Angelo Pease
On the highlights of his performance Saturday…
“I really did not have many, but getting on the field for the first time, experiencing the environment and getting that first game out of the way was my greatest experience.”

On how his play can improve against Kent State…
“Getting that first game out of the way, I think it will be a lot different. I made some mistakes, and I will correct those mistakes before coming into the next game. I will be more relaxed.“

On the type of impact he wants to have this season…
“I am a team player, so whatever role I play, I play. I will try to have the greatest impact I can.”

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On how it felt to transition back to center…
“Going back to center, everyone felt comfortable. I was used to snapping the ball. Shifting me back over was not that big of adjustment. I felt comfortable with it. I was just ready to play.“

On his thoughts after watching Saturday’s game film…
“There were a lot of mental mistakes, a lot of things that can be adjusted and corrected. Improvements have to be made. There was just one thing after another. It was a crapshoot of mistakes.”

On the four turnovers…
“In the first game, we are going to make some of those mistakes. Four turnovers is a lot, and it should not be that many, but just the way we battled through it and the mistakes we made are correctable. It was encouraging to see it.”

Defensive End Jordan Voelker
On his performance in the season opener…
“I was pretty happy with how I played for my first start. Hopefully I can improve on that.”

On what the defensive line saw watching film…
“We played alright for the first game, but we did not come out of our stances as well as we should and our first steps were a little slow. That’s all stuff you have to work on and have to see in-game from watching film to know that you’re having those problems. We try to practice at game speed, but it’s just not the same.”

On how he was able to get to the quarterback…
“I was just trying to have relentless effort, do my best and not give up on any play. I was thinking that I could make any play. That is what helped me.”