K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Bill Snyder

Oct. 12, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the biggest defensive issue against Nebraska…
“Well we were not where we were supposed to be when we were supposed to be there. That falls back into our lap. We just have to do a better job of getting our guys where they need to be. It was big plays, obviously. They had six snaps for 303 yards and all were touchdown plays. If we had people in the right spot, if we could get them where they were supposed to be, then at least we would not have had those big plays. I do not know what that means other than the fact that it is going to take them more than six plays to get 303 yards. Speed was an issue as well, but if you give them space to run it becomes a foot race, and we could not win that foot race.”

On the mindset of Daniel Thomas after the last two games…
“I think Daniel is always the same way. He just wants to do all he can to help this football team. He is very unselfish. I have said that so many times. He is a very unselfish, team-oriented type of a guy, and he hurts like everybody else and wants to help this football team do better.”

On the run game after two the last two contests…
“Well I don’t know that the results were not as good as they were previously, and that has to do with a lot of things. First and foremost, it falls in my lap not getting our team well enough prepared, either side, to compete as well as we need to. I think that it was not that Daniel did any worse than he did at any other particular time during the course of the season. I have said so many times that it takes 11 people to make an offense work just like it takes 11 people to make a defense work. If we go back to that question that was asked about defense, each of those snaps, each of those six snaps that we gave up for 303 yards, if we could get one guy where he is supposed to be, then those numbers are not the same and the same thing happened on the offensive side of the ball. Those other 10 guys had to be where they were supposed to be, doing what they were supposed to be doing in order for Daniel to have the chance to do what he was supposed to be doing. It is a combination, and it does not mean he is supposed to be perfect. I do not think that his performance was any different than it has been at any point in time. The thing that we have not alluded to is the fact that there were some well coached, good players wearing those white and red uniforms on the other side, and that had something to do with it as well, both their defense and their offense.”

On the team’s emotions after the loss and when to get over it…
“Well of course there is, and I think that when it comes time to make your preparations for the next opponent, that is the time to lose most of it. I would like to think that there is an anger involved that carries over, and I think that is probably healthy, which is what most of the research indicates in the process and getting over things like this, and I think that they have done that. Monday was probably as good of a Monday that our players could have. It was a good of a Monday as we have had all year, so I think there was a focus there, there was a determination there, and part of it was a carryover from the ballgame. But to sit around and mope about it will not do us any good.”

On Turner Gill’s coaching style…
“I do not know, first and foremost, Turner’s style that should indicate exactly what it is, but I know that he is a very fine and talented young football coach, just like he was a very talented football player as well. From all that I know, he tries to do things the right way. I have great respect for Carl (Torbush), who has been a very successful defensive coordinator, and I feel the same way about Chuck (Long) on the offensive side of the ball with who I knew a long time ago. He is an awfully good football guy, so I think that they have good people like Turner is. What I know is that he is an outstanding young coach, and I do not think that they would have hired him if he were not.”

On K-States current quarterback situation…
“There is not a 1-2-3. I indicated earlier in the week that Carson is taking the snaps with the number ones right now. I would imagine that when we get to game time it will probably be the way that we will end up going. And he is taking the No. 1 snaps because he is doing the best job, not that the other two are doing poorly. It is what it is. We still have a little time. We have a practice this afternoon, but in all likelihood, Carson will be our starter.”

Senior Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On importance of Kansas game…
“Obviously we underperformed last week, and we really got smashed. We have to show that our team has the maturity to bounce back from that big loss. It is an in-state rival this week, so it means a lot to our fans, and I am sure that it means a lot to Kansas as well. So we really need to come out and perform this week.”

On moving on from last game…
“In a sense you do not want to completely leave behind you. You kind of want that sting to stay with you because if you forget about it, then it could happen again and you could get embarrassed again. You have got to let it go because you have to start preparing for KU and we have, but we are still angry and we have to play like an angrier Kansas State football team because we have kind of dropped that the last two weeks. We should be ready to play after the way performed against Nebraska.”

Fullback Braden Wilson
On being recruited by K-State and not by Kansas…
“K-State was the only Division l school that offered me a scholarship, and Kansas State was always my No. 1 choice. It bothered me a little bit that KU never offered me a scholarship, but this is always where I wanted to be.”

On the mood of practice this week…
“Everyone seems a little more focused. We know that we really have to pick it up, especially after last game against Nebraska.”

On the importance of this week’s game…
“It is an important game but every game is. We still have a little momentum going even though Nebraska stopped us. We have to keep rolling, move on from that and not let that affect us in a bad way.”

On knowing the significance of the Sunflower Showdown…
“It is a big deal. It always has been for my whole life. I have always been a Wildcat fan, even when I was little. It has been a big game all the way through, so it is important to me.”

Quarterback Carson Coffman
On the K-State-Kansas rivalry…
“I do not know if I factored into where I was going to go to school, but I always paid attention to the games. I grew up a K-State fan.”

On the importance of this week’s game…
“It is huge. I really do not even know who we play next weekend. I am just really focused on KU and trying to be 1-0 this week.”

On the mindset of the team this week…
“I think that we have bounced back pretty well. Saturday was the first practice of this week, and I think Coach Snyder thought that it was one of our best practices all year and a good start to the week always helps out a little. I think we are all pretty confident going in.”

Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert
On the first road game…
“It will definitely be a new atmosphere. It will be the first time we will be outnumbered in fans, so the noise will be something we will have to adjust to among many other things. This game will be a factor in determining how this team will handle ourselves on the road.”

On K-State not winning a road game since Snyder’s return…
“That was last year. This is a whole new year. We have a different group of guys, and we have a lot more spirit in the locker room. There is also a completely different personality from last year with this team. So far this year, the only game away from Manhattan was the game against Iowa State in Kansas City and we played pretty well in that game.”

On if he is excited to prove himself on the road…
“I am definitely ready to prove myself and the team is as well. We have a lot to prove to not only ourselves but to everyone that is watching us right now.”

Linebacker Blake Slaughter
On the general message among the team…
“Obviously we suffered a pretty bad loss last week, so it will speak a lot about our character the way we come back against KU this week.”

On the defense’s attitude…
“I would say that it has picked up quite a bit. Both the coaches and the players have picked up the attitude to get ready for this week. We are all trying to reconcile what happen last week and make up for it this week.”

On what the film session was like this week…
“We all knew it was not going to be pretty, so it was not as much punishment as much as what can we learn from this. It is definitely hard to watch something like that because no one wants to see themselves fail."