K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference
K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference
Head Coach Ron Prince
“We’re looking forward to a great opportunity this weekend. This is obviously the fourth game of our home stand here four non-conference games all at home. It’s a great opportunity from our administration and great cooperation from our fans. It’s really a good way for us to be able to get the season started.
“I’ve really been very pleased with how the team has progressed. I can see evidence of us improving each week in all three phases. Obviously as the competition stiffens, our reaction to it has to improve and obviously we have to be able to go out and dictate the terms of these games as well. With all the things that have been happening I’ve been very pleased with how that has gone.”
“This will obviously be an exciting game for us to have a chance to be able to compete against a team that we knew going into the season would be a top-10 team. We were very clear that they would beat Miami and that they would be undefeated when we played them that was no surprise to us, having known both teams and watched how this team has been put together over the years. I’ve had a lot of experience in following how this team has been put together from a recruiting standpoint. Many of the players on this team I’m familiar with from recruiting back east and it’s as advertised. This is a coach that is in the national elite. I think he might be the best offensive mind in the game of football today, college or pro. I think because of that you can see the winning record, the statistics that have come forward, the atmosphere surrounding him and coaching at
“This quarterback, (Hunter) Cantwell, is as advertised - he’s an NFL quarterback. He’s every bit as good as the other (Brian Brohm). Had (Brohm) not been in the mix, everyone would know (Cantwell’s) name and he’d be a Heisman Trophy candidate. He’s a tremendous talent. He’s got size, he’s got NFL ability, and he has a terrific group of player to distribute the ball to.
Defensively this is one of the best team’s we’ve seen. I would compare this to only because it’s my first year in the Big 12 I can easily compare this defense to
On the match up...
“With all of that said, we still think and it is our expectation that we’re going to go play well in this game and win. We think we have a great opportunity here at home. We know it will be a great atmosphere. We’ve had time to study this opponent, they’ve had time to study us, and we’re real confident that we’re going to go play well and win the game.”
On Rashaad Norwood’s status...
“As many of you know, Rashaad (
“He’s been a very big contributor. We have a lot of players who are ready to step up and that will be our expectation. Right now all I’m saying is that he won’t play this weekend.”
On K-State finding an offensive rhythm...
“One of the things I was most pleased about offensively was our third down conversions. That’s really a critical statistic. I’m not really much into the stats, but when you look at third down, defensively we held
“Each of the running backs for Louisville is a terrific player and had (Michael Bush) not been there, these players would be household names. Not only from a speed and agility, contact, balance, and vision standpoint but for their ability to catch the ball and to pass protect. They’re the real deal in the standpoint that they can do all the things that good runners have to do. Eventually if running backs can just carry the ball, then they become a liability. These players in how they are coached and how they’re prepared, they do a really good job. You can look all the way down the roster at all the running backs and they’ve all contributed significantly in the games going back not only in this year, but in previous years. They have a very rich tradition of getting a lot of players in the game and those players being productive. They’re every bit the talent that (
“I think the system allows them to use whatever nuance styles that they have, but they essentially do many of the same things with them. They’re not only runners, they are receivers. They can go out and split away from the formation and run routes as well as the receivers can. While they might have some small things that might differentiate them, there is not enough to say that they’re two different backs.”
On whether or not the K-State defense is ready for the challenge...
“We’ll find out on Saturday. We’re excited about the challenge. We think it’s exactly the challenge that we need at this time.”