K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Antonio Felder

Oct. 5, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On playing on ESPN Thursday…
“I do not think that we pass up the opportunity to talk about the level of distraction created by a variety of different things. Whether it is traveling and playing on the road or a TV ballgame or the opponent you are playing, the game stays between the white lines. Truly, your focus needs to be exactly there. That is the way you try to practice, and that is the way you need to take it to Thursday night or Saturday afternoons, and that is what we try to share with our players. Just like you practice blocking and tackling, you have to practice allowing your focus to be center in that arena.”

On 1998 game against Nebraska…
“It was a major step for our program. Victories against any team are hard, but against a program like Nebraska, who is very difficult, they hard to come by. It was meaningful and very significant.”

On what the conference will lose when Nebraska leaves…
“Outside of being a tremendous athletic program, I think the history and tradition and all that goes along with it that is relative to the Big 8/Big12 Conference, I think will be missed. I hate to see them go. I am proud of the 10 remaining schools that they chose to make the decision that they did. I am disappointed and saddened by Nebraska not being in the conference.”

On Nebraska’s offensive similarities to UCF…
“The fact that two young freshman who have tremendous skills, tremendous quickness, change in direction and good speed to go along with it involved in offenses that play to those strengths. I think those are the similarities, but how they go about doing it is a little bit different. I think that has broadened the base of Nebraska’s offense and given them a larger playbook to select from which makes preparation much more difficult.”

On most impressive things about Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez…
“He runs extremely well. He is elusive, he has good quickness, good speed and throws the ball well.”

On Nebraska’s offense…
“They have a very good offensive line, good running back, and the wide receivers have good range and run well. It is pretty much a complete package.”

On Nebraska’s defense…
“They are awfully good upfront. They play a different style of defense than what we see week-in and week-out. They run well and everybody likes their secondary. Their cornerbacks are excellent cover guys, and they pursue and tackle well. Their numbers indicate that they do well against the run and the pass, and what I have seen on tape is pretty accurate.”

Running Back Daniel Thomas
On facing Nebraska on national television…
“I am looking forward to it. It is a big game. It is going to be on ESPN and our fans are looking forward to it. We have been practicing hard all week. It is going to be a pretty big game.”
 
On proving himself against Nebraska…
“I feel like I have a lot to prove. I have only played in a few games here, and I feel like I still have room for improvement. So I have just have to keep playing.”
 
On the benefits of beating Nebraska…
“I think it would be a big confidence booster for us. Nebraska is a great team. They are ranked in the top-10, and I think it will be a great test to see where we are as a team and where we are headed for the rest of the season.”
 
On the excitement level of the team this week…
“This is their last season here in the Big 12 and they have a lot of tradition. This is a big game with it being on ESPN.”
 
On using the bye week to improve…
“With the extra time that we had, we looked at a lot of extra film on Nebraska. We worked on competing in practice and getting better every day.”

Defensive End Antonio Felder
On what Nebraska does well on offense…
“They run the zone-read very well. They have a good quarterback and a couple good running backs.”
 
On Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez…
“He can make plays anytime with his feet. He has the ability to out-run a lot of people. He can make big plays on the ground.”
 
Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On the Nebraska defense…
“Their fight is what impresses me. They are 4-0 right now as well. Their coaching staff has them playing well right now. I have not seen a lot of their offense on tape because I have been focusing on their defense, but their defense is tough. They have an unbelievable amount of interceptions right now. They know how to pick off the quarterback and they can return it. The thing that I am most impressed with right now is their ability to spy the quarterback and pick the ball off.”
 
On this week’s game…
“I think it is different because it is on a Thursday night and we are coming off a bye week. But it is Nebraska. Everybody gets up for conference play. So in that respect,  it is different. But we get geared up for games no matter who we are playing. So we are excited for this game, just like any other.”