K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Bill Snyder

Sept. 28, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the play of the defense, especially in the first half against UCF…
“If you take everything into perspective, they have probably played relatively well, considering the fact they have not given up a first quarter touchdown all season, but the fact that they only allowed one touchdown last week and that drive started at the 50-yard line is a positive. We gave up some yardage, but we always seemed to always get a stop. That does not mean that is going to be that way all the time but that was kind of the saving grace. As it relates to starting the game, I really like the spirit and the fact that we were flying around and playing aggressively and playing hard at the outset of the ballgame. It is not just the fact that those things died off considerably, it is just we were, over a period of time, somewhat sporadic about a variety of different things. Our effort and spirit were probably more consistent than some of the fundamental things that we were not doing as well as we could in order to make some plays that did not give up that consistent yardage that UCF was getting.”

On the play of linebacker Blake Slaughter…
“Blake has played well. He is a very competitive young guy. I like his spirit. I like how hard he plays. He is still learning about the system and being at the right place at the right time. Sometimes his aggressiveness can get him out of position. But overall he has done well.”

On the play of the defense in the red zone…
"'Bend but don’t break’ might be better than some of the alternatives that could come along with it. Really it is kind of a field-position game and how it relates to how you are doing offensively. If it only takes you three snaps to score, that is probably a good way to play defense. But putting the offense in the position where they have to go 80 yards time and time again can probably, from a team standpoint, can get you in trouble. Why does it seem like we play better when we are on that end of the field? I think there is a sign of whether you have the kind of team that will give in a little bit or where you have a team that will stand up and get a little more emotional about it. I think sometimes offenses tend to change a little bit when they get into those areas and maybe get away from some of the things that got them there. It is a combination of those things I think.”

On having an open week…
“I think it differs from year to year. I think there is a big difference from playing 11 games to playing 12 games. To play them straight through, if you are blessed without injury, and then sometimes you can make it through. If there is a good routine that you get into and it breaks that routine. I think there are some arguments for both sides. Some people do not like to have open dates and I perfectly understand that. But from our standpoint, it is a matter of finding little increments of time that you can provide for your players and your coaches to have a little bit of a break. As it relates to recruiting, I want to watch the young people that we are interested in and we need some time to be able to do that, which an off-week gives us a little bit of an opportunity. A lot of times, it is just built into the system, that programs would go out on Friday nights and watch ballgames. But I am a little more geared to keeping the entirety of our team together on game week. So that we spend time together and it puts a focus on our players that we have here. As it relates to recruiting, that is what I try to share with young people and coaching staffs that we would be recruiting from, that we really want to put our focus on the players we have here. So if a young guy comes in and joins our program, he knows that the times when he needs the coaching staff around him, they are going to be there. But when you do have an open date, it does give you an opportunity to get your coaches out to see some ballgames.”

Senior defensive end Antonio Felder
On Nebraska’s offense…
“We just have to stop the big plays, that is one of our goals every game is to stop the big plays. If we stop the big plays, then we can stop their big threat.”

On the defense allowing two touchdowns in the last 142 plays…
“It is very impressive during those games we have given up a little but we have stopped them when we had to. We need to improve on stopping them and not letting them get into the red zone.”

On similarities between UCF and Nebraska’s quarterbacks…
“Both of them are fast and quick people. Both of them have good speed and can make plays with their feet.”

Freshman tight end Andre McDonald
On offensive production so far…
“We have a lot of work to do. Every day is a battle and we are coming out here to get it done. Daniel (Thomas) is a good running back and we have a great line pulling it all together. Carson (Coffman) is in the backfield to command us and it is really nice to play with this team right now.”

On his transition to college football…
“It was a big transition. I came from high school where we did not pass a lot but when we did pass it was pretty good. We were not a very successful team in terms of wins but it has been really nice to be a part of the program here at Kansas State.”