K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On teams running on Texas Tech...
"Kliff (Kingsbury) knows more about it than I do. I am sure that (tackling) is a part of it, and it is a part of it for any football team. When you go back and look to their game against Arkansas, Arkansas got whatever it is, 450 yards. In the other ballgames, I think there was one over 200 with one of them being under 200 yards. They are capable of defending against the run. They have moved to the utilization of bigger people on the inside."

On going back into Big 12 play...
"Nothing changes for us. We still take it a day at a time and a snap at a time. All of them are conference games, so they all mean a significant amount. Like I said before, this will be the most important game they will play."

On K-State's defense against Texas Tech after playing two run-based teams...
"The emphasis is a little more broad-based, but I think anyone would tell you that you have to still be able to defend against the run. You cannot put all your eggs in one basket. Texas Tech runs the ball more than people tend to believe - 38-percent of their snaps have been run plays. Some of those passes are really run plays when they put a guy in motion and pitch the ball forward; that is a completed pass even though they run most of the play. You are looking at somewhere in the vicinity of 60-40 pass-to-run, and that is a pretty decent balance when you look at it that way."

On the change of defending the pass...
"It is a matter of discipline, staying focused, putting your eyes in the right place and responding rapidly to what you see. UTEP threw the ball 28 times in the ballgame, so there were 28 times in the game that you had a chance to react to the pass as opposed to the run. It just goes with the territory, and it is going to happen every week, not just when we are playing Texas Tech."

On young players playing against a fast-paced team...
"Hopefully it is built into the philosophy. It is still a snap at a time. They come faster, and we try to prepare that way. We see a lot of teams that do exactly that. Texas Tech is in the process of becoming maybe the quickest-tempo team in our conference. You know it is pretty close between them, Baylor and probably Oklahoma now. So many teams do it, and we have had experience with it. The new guys that have not been in the program before experienced a little bit of it early in the season with Iowa State. It is getting back to the line of scrimmage and getting the call and processing the information, lining up and playing."

On defensive strategy against a spread offense...
"It has its disadvantages and it has its advantages as well. I think it all works out as a wash as much as anything. From a defensive standpoint, the thing is that you do not have time to really sit and process things as well as you would like to. They are going through the same thing. From the offensive standpoint, they have to process things as well. They are going fast, but they still have to know what their assignment is, and what does that mean to who I need to block and who I do not block. Both sides have to do that."

On the play of the wide receivers besides Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton...
"I think we're making headway. We're doing alright. The others maybe haven't had quite as many opportunities to get the ball, but (Deante) Burton and (Kody) Cook have both been able to make some plays at the early part of the season; maybe not as many as they'd like. It kind of depends on where the defense allows us to throw it."

On Will Geary's first-career start vs. UTEP...
"Will played fine, which is not a surprise to any of us. He practices well, practices hard all the time. You know he's going to play exactly that way. He's a good young guy."

On preparing for two different Texas Tech quarterbacks...
"What I admire about (Davis) Webb is his competitive spirit. He started the ballgame against us last year and we played against him, and I think he's made a great deal of improvement in that period of time. That comes with being in the system over that period of time. The other thing I appreciate is, what I saw on television, was his competitive nature and how disturbed he was by not being able to go back into the ballgame when he was injured. You watch the last half of the (Oklahoma State) ballgame, I know he (Patrick Mahomes) was 50-percent throwing, but when he finally got his comfort level the latter part of the season half, he completed some passes, threw some nice balls and got it where it needed to be. On top of that, you add in that he can run the ball some and there are some built-in concerns for us."

Senior Quarterback Jake Waters
On the offensive line's chemistry...
"I think it is a big factor, just like me getting on the same page with receivers. They are getting better and you can tell during every rep in practice and every play in the game that they are starting to come along better."

On running back Charles Jones...
"When he gets the ball, every time he gets it, we all think he can make a play because he has shown it. Especially around the goal line, he has a knack to get in there when we need him. We have all the confidence in Charles and that is why we keep calling the Wildcat formation."

On the defensive unit...
"They are consistent right now. They have some guys that can fly around and guys that can stop the run. The defense is pretty well balanced, and they are just being consistent in their play. That is what Coach Snyder asks and what we want on both sides of the ball."

On what the offense needs to do to defeat Texas Tech...
"We try to score every time we get the ball just like them. We know they have a great offense. In their running game, they average just about as many rushing yards as we do. They obviously can do a little bit of everything. So our defense is going to have to come ready to play again. Offensively, we are going to have to do the same thing because of the potential of their offense."

Sophomore Running Back Charles Jones
On getting ready to get back into conference play...
"It is a different mindset when you have conference games. You want to just go in and correct everything that we did not do in the past. I just feel like we are going to prepare like we do for each team and prepare for everything."

On what he is seeing from the offensive line...
"I am just seeing their improvement, showing they can be consistent. They have been more consistent, and it has made our job a lot easier. Jake (Waters), (DeMarcus Robinson), and I really appreciate that."

On the offensive line coming together...
"We have a lot of people rotating in and out, Drew (Liddle), Luke (Hayes), and just getting the practice time together. I just feel like they have done a great job."

Junior Offensive Lineman Boston Stiverson
On the offensive line's play...
"We have been focusing really hard on as soon as we get to the red zone scoring touchdowns and putting several points on the board. Last game we executed well. It took us a while to get going, but we came together and figured things out. I thought we did some good things."

On the consistency of offensive line...
"I think we have been consistent the first four games in certain aspects of the game. I think we are doing a better job running the ball and passing the ball with balanced offense. We want to be the most successful team in the Big 12. We are going to keep focusing on that and move forward from there."

On growing confidence of offensive line...
"The Iowa State game was a confidence booster to start the year out. It gave us a little momentum. We did some good things on the ground against UTEP and that will give us some momentum going back into Big 12 play. We just need to keep running the ball efficiently and keep opening holes for our running backs and quarterback."

Senior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On adjusting to defending a passing offense...
"It is opposite ends of the spectrum. We just have to prepare the way we always do. We watch film, and our coaches do a great job with game planning. We just have to prepare and play the game."

On the defensive play this year...
"Our coaches do a great job with our game plans and the guys out there on our defense take a lot of pride in our preparation. We are excited to play, and we have a good time out there together. If you have a bunch of guys that care about each other and want to make plays for each other, then we are going to do a great job."

On the first-half defense vs. UTEP...
"We like to get out there then get back on the bench so our offense can score points. Three-and-outs are huge. So we just have to keep trying to get three-and-outs when we can."

Junior Defensive Back Travis Green
On the defense during the first half against UTEP...
"I have to thank the coaches for putting us in the right position in order to execute it. The coaches gave us a play, and we played it. We all did a good job with it."

On flipping the switch to restart Big 12 play...
"The switch has already been on since we started. You cannot turn it on and turn it off. It has to be on for every team. At the end of the day, we have to come out with a plan and execute it."

On what they need to do switching from defending the run to defending the pass...
"Pressuring the quarterback and executing the way we are supposed to execute. They just play football at the end of the day. There is not a lot that we need to switch. We just need to play football."

Sophomore Linebacker Will Davis
On shifting gears this week with Texas Tech...
"Obviously they are a fast-paced offense. They are going to come out and play as fast as they can. That is a big thing for us. It is good for us because it is the entire Big 12. To face probably one of the fastest teams right out of the gate is a good thing for us."

On playing a 300-yard rushing team to a 300-yard passing team...
"Our mindset does not really change. We still have to stop the run because Texas Tech will run the ball, and they have shown that too. I think they are averaging close to 175 yards rushing or something like that. So they have shown that they can run the ball, and we have got to stop that."

On Jonathan Truman's preparation last week...
"Jonathan is one of the hardest workers on the team. He is our team captain. He is our leader at linebacker, and he is always trying to get better whether it is little things sometimes, whether it is pursuit angles. He is trying to get better at practice every day. It really has not been just last week. I would say since I have known him, he has always been trying to get better."

Junior Defensive Lineman Travis Britz
On how fun it was playing defense in the first half Saturday...
"We were just doing our job and executing what we were supposed to be doing. It was a lot of fun coming together and playing defense like we should. We know how we can play, and we are going to come out every week and get our job done."

On Travis (Green) and Dakorey (Johnson)...
"They bring an attitude and they bring it every day, even at practice. They are willing to work. They are willing to get better every day. So that really helps us get an attitude that we can do anything."

On Will (Geary)'s first start...
"He did his job. He held blocks. He got off of blocks when he needed to and made plays when he needed to. He is going to be a good player for us down the road. He really focuses in practice, works hard. He knows what he needs to work on, and he just keeps going out there and working."