K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On his experiences over the years...
"Well, you do not have enough time for all the things that I have learned. If you pay attention, you learn an awful lot. I cannot tell you how much. Part of it is choosing the right people to embrace in your life, making family important, being who you are and working at whatever you do. There are multiple things that you learn by having good people in your life. I have learned something every day from good people."

On birthday plans this evening...
"I will be right here doing what we always do, evaluating film after our practice, practice tape, and Oklahoma tape. Same old thing."

On the defense's day-to-day improvements...
"I think it has been somewhat consistent, and that is what we hope for. They are easy to work with because they work hard on the practice field, dedicated to their preparation and are committed to improve day in and day out. They are a good group of young guys."

On when buckling down on life came a priority...
"When I left high school and went to the University of Missouri in Columbia, I was not a loose cannon by any means. I was not smart enough for that. Probably my major turning point for me was when I left the University of Missouri since I was not doing well in the classroom and I went back to my hometown, St. Joseph. That is when Norris Patterson, the longtime Athletic Director and football coach at William Jewell, came to see me and would like to take me and told me a list of things that I needed to do. Most of the list was directed towards academics, but there were some other things as well. That did have an impact on me, but like I have said so many times, there are so many defining moments for me. My mother was a true guiding light in my life and she was there forever for me. In the good things that I have learned, I have learned from her."

On Coach Norris Patterson mentoring and guiding him...
"There are a lot of people who have had a very positive impact on my life. Besides from my mother, prior to Norris Patterson, before I even got to college and that time of my life. It was in my first year of college and it was time to grow up. There are all kinds of people whether they have been in this profession or have some other involvement in my life."

On K-State's running backs...
"We had really done a nice job maintaining possession of the ball on turnovers until we had one turnover in the (Texas Tech) ballgame. That is an up and down situation, but overall, they did very well up to that one turnover. I appreciate that about them. They play hard, and they are good at trying to get the extra yardage after contact. They have been doing a nice job to get where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to, in other words, discipline. They have an understanding of what their role and involvement is and systematically executing where they are supposed to be. I think there are a lot of areas that can be improved upon. Certainly, we need to improve our pass protection and overall everything we need to work on. I like to see some breakaway opportunities for them, which is not always in their hands. More often than not, they are going to be dependent on blockers whether or not that is going to be the line or receivers."

On the benefits of an off week...
"Like I have said so many times, let's talk after the Oklahoma game; we will see if it benefits us or not. I think there are numerous things that are viable. Certainly, you have an opportunity to get rested a little bit and recover from nicks and bruises and have a longer period of time for preparation. There are a lot of things that you could say that could be a benefit to having an open week. There are also probably an equal number of things that could be said on the other side of the argument as well. The biggest question is, do you lose the continuity of the routine, day in and day out preparation that goes in and getting back-to-back games on the field where there is a similarity of Saturday games? We will see."

Senior Quarterback Jake Waters
On being coached by the oldest active coach in the FBS...
"That is something I have not really thought about. It is definitely special to see. It is his birthday today, but you would never expect that based on how he acts and how he goes about his day. It is cool to be coached by someone that has been through everything that you might think of and has coached so many great players. For him to coach us and give all of his time to us is a unique place."

On his play in the Texas Tech game...
"I did alright. I made some good throws, but again I made some mistakes that I want back. I had a couple throws that I could have made and a couple reads that could have been better. I could have done a lot of things better."

On the offense putting things together...
"I think so, for the most part it is getting better. We had the hiccup on the goal line and not finishing it in the red zone. I think we have done a better job of that lately. Last game, I think we did a good job except like one field goal or something like that. I think we are getting better slowly, and we are getting better every single day."

Senior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the safeties' improvement this year...
"Yes, for sure. We have been challenged with a few of the early games with run offenses. They have proved that they can come down and make hits and make big stops for us. Obviously we have been challenged in the past through the air, and they have done a great job. It just shows how they prepare. They prepare well and play well on Saturdays."

On if he thinks that Danzel McDaniel is ultra-aggressive...
"You cannot ask much more from a guy on defense to be such a sure tackler like he is. Being at the position he is, at cornerback, he is very physical with wide receivers. Not a lot of receivers are used to that. He is very physical and when we need to make a tackle, he is always there."

Redshirt Freshman Punter Nick Walsh
On his reaction to playing at Iowa State...
"Going into the Iowa State game, I was preparing like I was going to be the starter. I feel like if I had not, then it would have been a mess. I went in there preparing like I was going to be playing no matter what. It ended up working out, but at the same time it is still competitive and we are still competing on a daily basis. Mitch (Lochbihler) and I just go out there and have fun and push each other. So, that is going to make us better and make the team better."

On his consistency...
"Obviously I had a short punt the last game, and I am kind of glad that happened because I fired back with a 43-yarder that hung up and was fair caught. I was happy to see that I could just relax under those kinds of situations and come back with a positive punt."

On achieving hang time...
"It is something that Coach always says I need to do more of. My hang times have all been around 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 (seconds), whereas, in practice I have hit some 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 and those punts are going to be fair caught all day long. They are not going out there 60 yards, 45 usually is tops. I need to work on consistency with hang time right now. That is a big thing, and obviously distance. Like I said last game, I kind of got the drop inside which turned the ball over and that is just not going to go down the field as far as I want it to."