K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

 

Head Coach Ron Prince

Opening statement...

“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 Louisville and being such a terrific coach, and how many people have sought his services. All those things make this a very compelling match up and we’re very excited about it. We think this is a great opportunity.”

 

On the Louisville quarterback situation...

“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.

 

On Louisville’s defense...

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 Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami, and all of the best defenses that we’ve gone against. If you just look at it from a statistical standpoint, on both sides of the ball they rank at the top or near the top in virtually every category. They have guys that are fast, they run and hit, both on the defensive line, linebackers and in the secondary. They have terrific coverage skills and they have a penchant for the big play on offense.

 

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 (Norwood) was arrested on Saturday night and after reviewing all the circumstances, Rashaad won’t play this weekend. I’m disappointed in what happened and I’m disappointed in the circumstances that would lead to such an event. We have a responsibility. I think it’s a privilege to wear a K-State uniform. I anticipate his return and I think he’ll do it. I think he’ll have a positive attitude when he returns. The judicial system still has its course to take in all this but I think there is a higher standard that you have to play to and live by when you’re in this position. I don’t think it’s a reasonable expectation to have those kinds of things occur, particularly when you have so many positive things occurring around our program and our community my expectation is higher than that.

 

 “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 Marshall to 23 percent and we were at 53 percent. That’s a very good statistic on third down. Ultimately that affects how the ball moves and it affects the outcome and the conduct of the game. We want to be able to continue that and improve that from week to week. Whether it’s running or passing the ball, there are all phases of our offense that we are continually trying to get better and show improvement. I don’t think we’re there by any stretch, we’re still improving though and we were able to be competitive. Dylan (Meier) had a good game, had a nice game with the ball, and the week before we had a nice game running the football. We just have to go in every week and see how we want to conduct the game so that the game turns out to our best advantage and that’s what we’re doing with this game plan as well.”

 

On the Louisville running back situation and the difference between the two running backs...

“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 (Marshall’s) Ahmad Bradshaw is and they might even be used in much more versatile ways.

 

“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.”