Prince, Players Meet with the Media

Head Coach Ron Prince

On Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel ...

“We feel like over the past few weeks we’ve had some solid defensive efforts, but this week will test us as much as any. Offensively, (Missouri) is a very good group. I’m very impressed with their quarterback. Not only does he have a very extensive resume of winning, but his ability to run and pass the ball is significant. The quarterback that we faced in the Oklahoma State game was similar in that aspect, but I’m not so sure that this player doesn’t have more confidence and more time and grade because of the style of offense he played in high school carrying over to his collegiate career. Obviously, he’s been a very good fit for the system he is in. He has speed and accuracy as a quarterback. He has incredible arm strength and toughness as a runner. Defensively, I think this will be the greatest challenge we have had up to this point.”

 

On Missouri’s defense...

“On defense, Missouri has a great linebacker in No. 15, Bacon, who is third in the conference in tackles. In almost every defensive category, you see his name in the mix. Along with him, No.33 Harrington is a very active player. Brian Smith, No. 39, is right there in being some of the best who rush the passer. This will be one of the first times that we will go into a game that the opposing defense, in statistics, is ranked above where we are. I think it’s for good reason. I like the way they actively pursue the football. You can see that they are decisive, showing no hesitation in how they play.”

 

On Missouri’s tight end Chase Coffman...

“I think that on offense, this is their go-to guy. I don’t think that enough can be said about this player and his abilities. Not only is he a mismatch in the running game when he gets a chance to stay in and block, but he also has the ability down the field to catch the ball. This guy is a star player. I think that every team in this conference has one. I would evaluate his talent as significant as any player we have faced, because as a tight end he can wreck the game as a blocker and as a receiver.”

 

On K-State’s time of possession and average starting position this season...

“I probably pay less attention to time of possession that I do average start. One thing that I really look at closely is the average starting position. The only other time that we had an average start deficit, like we did against Nebraska, was against Baylor. If you’re spotting a significant opponent 9, 10 or 12 yards each time you change possession, it’s very hard to overcome that. As far as third down conversions, Nebraska was 7-of-17 and we were 1-of-13. If you look at the season as a whole, we’ve had a good number of plays and yards, but the third down conversion percentage is a big factor. Penalties have been a huge factor in that. When you’re trying to put a good succession of things together on a scoring drive, penalties and turnovers will obviously undo you. That’s been something that we’ve continued to work on.

 

On K-State’s offense making progress...

“I think we’ve made progress in a lot of areas. The passing yards and number of plays, along with the number of first downs you can see improvement. I also understand that we have to run the ball with power and authority. We’ve got to protect the quarterback at all costs, a lot of that is a product of accumulated reps.”

  

On K-State’s defensive efforts in the Nebraska game...

“Defensively, I like the effort that our players are putting into it. I think that the fake field goal in the Nebraska game puts a different light on the defensive effort. If you consider the number of yards and amount of points that this offense was putting up coming into the game, I thought we improved in that aspect. However, I thought it was one of the first games that poor tackling really cost us. You could see that on the first drive of the game. Most drives will statistically have one play of 20 or more yards somewhere in there. They had one of those where we had three or four missed tackles.”

 

On the advantages and disadvantages of K-State using the shotgun offense...

“The shotgun can be a valuable thing. One thing is that the defense knows where you are, and you have to keep your eye on the snap instead of looking and reading the defense. There are a lot of people that make their living in the shotgun offense, but some people would prefer to have the quarterback keeping his eye on the defense. At our point in development, who is snapping and receiving that snap is a factor, and I’m trying to reduce the variables more than anything to improve play.

 

On K-State’s current 13-game win streak over Missouri...

“It’s a very unusual occurrence. I don’t know that if any of the previous accolades of the coaches or previous records matter that much. I think that some of the conversation about it can weigh heavily on the kids’ minds. I think that how you prepare during the week and how you play on Saturday are really more of a function of it. When you have a series which your team has done very well and has a lot of confidence in it - I think that’s a positive thing. We’d like to continue that for sure.”