Postgame Quotes - Kansas State

Sept. 11, 2010

 

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Carson Coffman's performance...
"He completed some passes so I was not unhappy with what he did. There are certainly some things he has to be much better at. Twelve for 16 is not bad. The numbers were good, but there are a lot of things that go into playing well than just the numbers. "

On if Aubrey Quarles having any rust...
"He really made a nice catch early in the ballgame in the end zone. So yes, I think he is coming back, but I do not think he is quite there yet."

On Emmanuel Lamur not starting the game...
"Emmanuel was gimped up a little bit. That is why he didn't spend much time on the field."

On giving up over 400 yards of offense...
"Giving up over 400 yards to anybody, no matter who they are, is not going to win you a whole lot of ball games."

On the kicking game...
"It struggled quite a bit. We were not very good as far as our kick coverage was concerned. They brought the ball past the 30 a few times. Our kickoffs were short many times, which concerned me a lot. We missed a field goal and an extra point. That is not a very good thing to be doing. Our kickoff returns were inconsistent."

On getting more players into the game...
"It is always important to get as many guys as you can on the field to compete on a Saturday afternoon. It is very important in a lot of ways. They work hard and they deserve it. You also need that experience because you never know down the road when you will be on the field full time. I do not think we were able to get enough people on the field for an extended period of time and that is unfortunate."

On handling the success from the first game...
"Well it has a lot to do with our maturity. One of our captains spoke of maturity throughout the week for this ballgame and whether we were mature enough or not to handle it. I am not so sure we were mature enough in all honesty. We really need to be more consistent in order to have any degree of success. We just have to be more mature."

Wide Receiver Brodrick Smith
On the improvements of the passing game...
"We worked all week because last week we did not have a lot of passing yards. We talked about last week with all of the coaches how we did not have a lot of receiving yards because we ran the ball so well against UCLA. So this week we came out hungry to show everyone that we do have a passing game and I think we showed that tonight"

 

On his successful performance tonight...

"I have to thank the coaches for it. I watched a lot of extra film and I listed to Coach [Michael] Smith. He has been here and he has played the position so I went in and got advice from him and that has helped me out a lot. Also, having him correct all of my mistakes has helped me out."

 

Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert

On the team's performance tonight...

"We are happy that we are 2-0 right now, but at the same this is not the way we want to win games. It was a pretty sloppy performance by everyone. If I had to grade the offensive line, it would be a very good grade at all."

 

On Missouri State's defensive performance...

"It is hard to say exactly. Missouri State did a lot of things that interrupted what we wanted to do and the things we trained for all week. They did a really good job tonight. I think they came out and performed well. I was very impressed with their defensive front on how they came out and played hard. No matter what the score was in the game, you could always count on those guys to come at you and try to pop you in the mouth."

 

On the difference tonight's running game versus last week...

"It is hard to say right now until we watch the film. But I think it all comes from us guys up front. We did not do a very good job of keeping our guys covered up. I think their linebackers did a really good job of filling gaps and coming downhill on us and shutting down the inside. I think they did a really good job tonight of keying not even on Daniel [Thomas] but on everything that we wanted to do. They kind of had our number tonight."

 

Kicker Josh Cherry

On his performance tonight...

"I just got the opportunity to play a couple of other positions and that's how I started out the game. Anthony has been kicking really good lately so he's been doing all the kicking duties. I got in on some kickoffs and towards the end of the game I got in on a little bit of punting. It was a lot of fun because it's something that I've always really wanted to do since I've been here. In high school I played a lot of other positions and ever since I've been in college, all I've ever really done is kick. So it's kind of a dream come true to be able to go back to those and just put forth a little more effort in the game when it comes to playing other positions."

 

On the competition between himself and kicker Anthony Cantele ...

"In practice I'd say we're neck and neck. He's really just come on in the last year and I give him a lot of credit on that. He's worked really hard and we've always just helped each other out. I think that in training camp he was just kicking better than me. I know that tonight probably wasn't his night but I guarantee that he'll come through."

 

Defensive Tackle Prizell Brown

On the team's preparedness for this week's game...

"We did not come ready to play this week. We had a lack of focus this whole week in practice.  Next week we have got to come with it.  We have got to be on our keys."

 

On the team attitude on heading in to Big 12 play early in the season...

"We have got to change our attitude.  We have got to come ready to play.  Starting Monday, we will go back to work."

 

On not stopping Missouri State's 99-yard drive at the end of the game...

"It was fatigue, but we still should have stopped them. We should have put our nose in the grass and stopped them."

 

On what he liked about Kansas State's performance today...

"I like the first half and our pursuit.  We ran to the ball really well and we made plays when we needed to."

 

Defensive back Ty Zimmerman

On earning the start...

"It felt good to get out there and run around; I think we played well as a defense. We had had good fan support tonight so it was fun."

 

On his play in tonight's game...

"I think I did alright, we will evaluate the film and coach will give us our grades tomorrow and we will hit it on Monday."

 

Linebacker Alex Hrebec

On the defensive play of tonight's contest...

"It is a win, but we definitely had a lot of mistakes out there and I am disappointed. We had some guys play well and do some good things out there tonight, but we had a lot of mistakes."