K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Zach Kendall

Sept. 7, 2010

 

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the impact of UCLA’s defense on the Wildcat offense…
“They certainly had an impact on our lack of offensive balance. We would like to have a little more balance but you have to take what they allow you to have and that is what we did.”

On striving for offensive balance vs. Missouri State…
“The preparation for any given week is to have offensive balance. But this Saturday dictates how that plays out. Once again it depends on what, if anything, they allow us to do and that could go either way.”

On William Powell’s off-season improvements…
“William is a wonderful young person. He is always going to work as hard as he possibly can. He is committed and he is a great teammate. He has got some athletic ability. He loves to play football. But he did not do anything different from anyone else on the team, he worked as hard as he could and he did everything he was asked to do and he played very well last Saturday.”

On what William Powell brings to the offense…
“I think he is a nice change of pace from Daniel (Thomas). Just his size has an impact. He is a lot like Darren (Sproles), in the fact that he uses his size to his advantage. Like Darren, he is pretty hard to find behind those 6-foot-5-inch, 300 pound guys.”

On the play of the secondary against UCLA…
“We let a couple of receivers get behind us. You have to follow the old adage that you have to be deeper than the deepest receiver, and we were not in that position a few times on Saturday. But by in large, what I really appreciated was that their improvement was significant. I thought they played with confidence. They attacked the ball well. You saw them make plays and they made some hits where the contact was right when the receiver was catching the ball. They laid out and made some plays. Just like the rest of the defense, they played hard and they played fast.”

On the play of linebacker Jarrell Childs…
“He did alright. He made a few mistakes but he made up for most of them on the two-point conversion. He made a tremendous effort when he laid out to get a hand on the ball. But he is young and inexperienced and he made some mistakes but overall he played well.

On David Garrett’s interception…
“He laid out and he was horizontal to the ground. You really like to see that kind of effort. That is something that may not have been as prevalent prior to Saturday’s game. So I took on a new era of confidence in their ability to make plays.”

On what quarterback Carson Coffman needs to improve on…
“Everything, but that is true with every player on our team. You just like to see them utilize the first game as a foundation and enhance their skill-level and enhance their execution-level. So his situation is no different from anyone else on the team.”

On the play of the defensive line against UCLA…
“I was pleased. I was really pleased with their effort. They were competitive. They were fighting, clawing and scratching. I did not see anyone, at any time, let up. Their pursuit was good from the defensive linemen. Their tackling was fine.  We only got a couple of sacks from the defensive line and that needs to be improved. Even though we only got two sacks from our down-linemen, the pass-rush has improved over where we were a year ago.”

On the play of the offensive line against UCLA…
“We gave up six sacks but those are not all offensive line sacks. They can be attributed to a lot of different things; the quarterback holding the ball a little too long, receivers not getting open, all of that entered into that. But what I was really pleased with was that, with the exception of Ethan Douglass getting hurt, is that our guys played all 72 snaps and when we really had to have it in the last quarter, they said “let’s do it”. I thought they were energized and competitive and they battled late in the ballgame when it was a absolute must.”


Senior Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On the win against UCLA…
“It was big for us, it kind of showed us where we are at as far as where we need to improve on in the running and passing game. It was one of those games last year that we did not come away with but we came away with it this year and it was an exciting game all the way to the end and we worked hard for it all summer.”

On playing Missouri State…
“It is week two. We are playing another team that is how we are approaching it. It does not matter who we are playing. Just because we beat UCLA it does not mean we are such a great team. We came away with a win that we worked hard for but that does not mean we have to stop working.”

Senior Defensive Lineman Antonio Felder
On defensive line performance…
“I think that we did a pretty good job of pass rushing. We worked on it all week. We did a good job using our hand movement to get to the quarterback.”

On Brandon Harold’s performance…
“In his first game back he did a pretty good job, he made a lot of plays for us. He got a big sack for us and a couple of knocked down passes for us.”

Senior Wide Receiver Aubrey Quarles
On what he missed most from not playing last season…
“Being in the battlefield with my teammates and not watching from the sidelines. It was a good thing to be out there and get the feel of the game back underneath my feet.”

On passing game performance…
“We really did not get too much off the ground, we got a couple of completions to a couple of different receivers but mainly we had the rushing game going on and we can not complain because we got the victory.”

Senior Defensive Back Emmanuel Lamur
On defensive play on Saturday…
“We had a lot of fun out there, especially with the win.”

On UCLA’s two-play touchdown drive…
“We had some miscommunications but coach told us to keep our heads up and we fought through.”

On David Garrett and Terrance Sweeney…
“David Garrett is a playmaker and both of them are great guys and great players.”