K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On quarterback run game...
"We've always been invested in it. I think you always have to fit the needs and the capabilities of the young people you have in your program at that position or any other position. We've been blessed to have those `dual threat' guys over a period of time and we like to have that. It's the way the system works for us. It plays to our advantage when you are doing something that people haven't seen over a period of time. That is the nature of football - what goes around comes around. It's a little bit different than what we have seen. Every week we see parts of team's offense that equates to Auburn's and the next week we will see something else that equates to some facet of Auburn's offense. We see all of it, but they have it all in one package."

On Nick Marshall...
"He's a talented young guy and he can do both - he can throw it and he can run it. His numbers indicated exactly that. They say that (Auburn) is a team that likes to run the football and that is their first emphasis. They will throw the ball and try to cast it down the field because he has the ability to do that. He has a strong arm. They'll see him running the ball and they'll see him throwing it. He is a young, dedicated athlete and will play hard and compare well no matter who he plays."

On Auburn's defense...

"They are physical and fast - I think fast in the perimeter of people and physical and quick with the front people. They are a north and south football team defensively. Their defensive people, their front four are not necessarily readers, they are guys that get in their stance and get their pads down and get in the line of scrimmage and they make it a very physical game. And I would anticipate that's what we will see."

On similar coaching styles...
"At least we have some opportunities to present similar types of things to our defense because we have invested in them over a period of time; perhaps that helps. We do some similar things - we don't do everything they do and they don't do everything we do."

On preparing for Auburn...
"You watch so many tapes and games and sometimes it kind of runs together. Certainly the base of their offense is in a specific package. They have run more frequently than they have others, and they dress it up with so many different formations and motions, but they are still a pretty broad package in regards to offense, which is similar to us. Your preparation has to be broad based as well and be prepared for all of it and get focused on the condensed package. To me, things get blown out of proportion. What is important is that we get better and that we prepare ourselves as well as we can. Any football coach in the country wants the players to honestly believe that they will win and can win, and I want our players to do exactly the same thing. You can expect to win and you should have that attitude and prepare yourself. If you don't prepare yourself, well, you probably can't be successful on what you are going to do and the whole element is preparing yourself day in and day out. This is the most valuable game we will play this season, and then the following week, that game will be the most valuable game we will play this season."

On intensity...
"Our guys are seemingly focused on the task at hand. If you were to ask them, I think they would tell you that they are anxious to play. I like to think that the anxiousness is really excitement to play and I hope that indeed is the case, and I hope it carries into this afternoon and we practice with excitement about playing the game and still stay focused on the task at hand today. I've seen our guys have a legitimate focus. Our message is continual - a day doesn't go by that I'm not going to address our players on taking care of today. I have no issue with enthusiasm and excitement. I'm all in favor of that. I try to promote that and I try to get our leadership to step up and promote that. I want to see spirit on the practice field and spirit on the game field. I want to see them play with emotion. If you can put emotion and execution and effort together, you have a great opportunity to succeed. I want those things to take place, but you have to make sure that it is legitimate and that it doesn't interfere with your preparation because execution is a part of the preparation, emotion is a part of the preparation, everything goes hand in hand."

On bi-weekly improvements...
"If your players are invested and your coaches are invested, then there should be improvements day in and day out, that's the nature of athletics. That's important to (Auburn) as it is important to us. If we hold true to what we believe in, then yes, we will get better. The extra time benefits us but it probably also benefits them. I just hope and pray that we are working on the things that we are going to see on Saturday, and, when you have that extended period of time, there is always a possibility that you could invest that time in things that you haven't put on the field before, so your opponent has no earthly idea of what you are going to put on the field."

On home-field advantage and the fan base...
"Just be who you are. Our fans have always been great and our students have always been great and they do it in a classy manner as well - I appreciate that a great deal. It can have an impact and it has had an impact here. Though we are small by numbers, comparatively speaking, it still has an impact. I know they have some concerns, they have indicated that, but they have had experience playing in those 80-90 thousand-seat stadiums and there is some noise in those as well."

Senior Quarterback Jake Waters
On the excitement for the game...
"We are getting so excited and anxious to go out and play in the type of environment, type of game and the challenge that you live for as a player and while growing up. It is the games you dreamed of while lying in bed as a child. We are just so excited and ready to play Thursday."

On operation of offense...
"It has been business as usual. It has been very normal. We have thrown in some tweaks here and there like we do for every opponent. We have just been focusing on executing our game plan the way that we do things. If you execute the way you have to play, then we will be able to move the ball the way that we want to and build the confidence of moving the ball against anyone in the country. It is all about execution though."

On respecting Auburn's play...
"We definitely respect them, but we also know that they are trying to come in here and smack us around and beat us. We have to have that same attitude and that confidence that we can play with anyone in the country if we go out and prepare the way that we have been this past week and execute. We respect them, but we are not scared of them."

Sophomore Wide Receiver Deante Burton
On playing in the national spotlight...
"It is definitely something that you look forward to when you start playing the game, especially when you are younger. I think someone told me that we are the only game going on that day, so it is definitely all eyes on us. It is a game you dream about."

On Auburn's defense...
"They are a fast and physical defense. A lot of people talk about the SEC and how they are known for defense, and I think these guys fit that mold. They are very quick, talented and athletic, but I think if we play our game we should be alright."

On his comfort level so far...
"I think I am doing alright. There is always room for improvement. Just as the games and practices go on, I get a little more comfortable every day. Hopefully as you get into a big game like this, if I can go out and conquer this game that it will be build my comfortableness and confidence going into the future games."

Junior Offensive Lineman Boston Stiverson
On playing against an SEC defense...
"We prepare for everyone the same way. We want to go out there and play physical and tough. We have gone against big, strong, tough guys like these before, so I do not think there is any added pressure for us."

On other defensive lines that are similar to Auburn...
"We play TCU that has big and strong athletic guys. We also play Oklahoma. There are teams in the Big 12 that are just as big and as good as these guys."

On matching up with their defensive line...
"We have big and athletic guys on our offensive line. With our schemes, we will be okay. We are just going to play physical football, stay on our blocks and try to open up holes for our running backs and our quarterback or for whoever is running the ball."

Senior Offensive Lineman Drew Liddle
On the offensive line...
"We want to show people that we are a tough group and that we can play with anybody. Their defensive line is talented with big and strong physical guys. We want to play our game, execute well and be tough."

On playing in primetime...
"It is a great experience, but we are trying to approach it like we do every game. It is a great opportunity and to come away with a victory against a quality opponent would be good for our program and our team."

On importance of starting the game well...
"Coach always talks about getting off to a great start. We need a great start and great finish in the first half. Coming out in the first five minutes of the third quarter is very important for setting the tone for who most likely is going to win the game. Getting off to that great start is vital, especially for our offense. The last two games we have gotten off to good starts and we would like to continue that."

Senior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On getting to play at home...
"We are just really excited. We are focusing a lot on our preparation for this week, and I think we are ready to go."

On Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall...
"He brings a lot of things to their program and their team. He is very talented on his feet as well as through the air. We just have to be ready for everything that they have to throw at us."

On the play of the defense...
"We just have to be assignment sound. We just have to know what we are doing and be in the right spots at the right time and make plays."

Junior Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On Auburn's offense...
"They have a great football team. We know they can run the ball really well. They have Nick Marshall, some great running backs, a big offensive line and some great wide receivers. I know they are more of a run-first offense, but they can also pass well. I think we just have to stay on our toes and try to stop the run but also be looking for the pass and when they throw it down the field."

On being prepared for the game after going against his own team in practice...

"Our offense, they can run and pass the ball really well. Even the first two games they did a really good job. Jake (Waters), DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones can run the ball really well and they have shown that. We also have Tyler Lockett and some other good receivers. We get to practice against a good passing and running offense and it has been huge for our defense."