K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Carson Coffman and Wade Weibert

Oct. 26, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the most frustrating thing watching the defense on film...
"Well it is easy to sit and say defense defense, defense, and we did not play well on defense. I did not have them as well as prepared as they needed to be and that was part of it. It is still a team game, and when you pull the water out of it and look seriously at it, you realize that even though we gave up points and yardage, we still had opportunities to win and it really was the result of some deficiencies on both sides of the ball and not just our defense. Our offense had five three-and-outs and they were created by our mistakes. Two of them were by penalties, two by turnovers and one by a missed assignment. I think that defensively we did do some good things - it just took a while to slow them down."

On Oklahoma State's offensive balance...
"Leading passer, leading rusher, leading offense, you name it and they have it. They are pretty proficient at what they do and who they do it with. Their running back and quarterback have been excellent through the course of the year. They have a lot of wide receivers and one has been truly special for them and is a fine player. They do it all well."

On stopping the run first...
"Well it is so easy that every defensive football coach in the country would say that the first thing that you have to do is stop the run, and I can remember stopping the run and getting beat by the pass. I think that it is a dual thing. You have to be able to defend against both. If you stop the pass and make them one-sided, they have the capacity to run the ball. For a team that can do both, you have to be able to stop both."

On Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon...
"I like the passion that he plays with and the fact that he seems to love the game, and they have him on special teams. He is a complete player at wide receiver. They like to run him down field and throw the ball up in the air and let him go up and get it. He is a competitive receiver that competes for the ball. The talent and attitude towards the game is pretty good."

On Carson Coffman's consistency...
"We certainly need consistency and even more consistency. The turnovers are a concern, and he has held his turnover ratio down quite well during the course of the season. Two turnovers and the defense only holds for three points, but that is still a major issue. What you are talking about is not only three points but maybe 100+ yards in field position, which makes a dramatic difference in points as well. I like the enhanced consistency that he is playing with but it still needs to be enhanced some more."

On the improvement of the wide receivers...
"I thought that Aubrey (Quarles) had a really nice ballgame and I think that has always been there. Brodrick (Smith), before his injury, probably got more than his share of throws in his vicinity, but Aubrey has taken that positon. I do not necessarily like it that way. I want it to be balanced. I think that if they all do a pretty nice job of the execution of their routes and their assignments, then they have the athletic ability to be proficient receivers, and you would like to see the ball spread out."

Quarterback Carson Coffman
On the mood of the team after losing to Baylor...
"I think we just want to bounce back from this loss just like we did after the Nebraska game. We need to recover and get back on track. It is kind of tough, though. Tensions were a little high at practice yesterday, but that shows that we care and are angry about losing to Baylor and we want to win."

On the need to score a lot of points against OSU...
"Yes there is a need to do that, but that is our goal every game - to score every time. With the kind of points that Oklahoma State has been putting up, we feel a little bit of pressure to put up quite a few points as well."

On what practice has been like this week...
"Anytime you lose, guys are going to be angry. But like I said, at least I know that we care and are mad about losing, and that is a good thing I think."

On the confidence level of the offense...
"I think we are all feeling pretty good. But looking back at the tape against Baylor, I felt like there were a few opportunities where we had the chance to do something positive that would have helped us win the game and we could not get it done. So we still have quite a bit of stuff that we need to work on."

On the play of wide receivers Chris Harper and Aubrey Quarles...
"They have been really good recently, but I feel like they have been good the entire season. I think people are starting to take notice because we are relying on them a lot more now."

Fullback Braden Wilson
On the disappointing loss to Baylor...
"It is just one of those situations that makes you understand that every play counts. If we had just one play on one of the drives where we did not score that we could have converted on, there would have been a different outcome in the game. So it really makes you understand how important every snap of every game is."

On the mood of the team...
"I think everybody is a little hostile right now. Everybody is a little upset. We wanted that win against Baylor, and we needed that win. We just do not want to lose again."

On the pressure to score a large amount of points vs. OSU...
"The way we approach it, we feel like we should be able to put up a lot of points, and that is what we strive to do every game. But there is a little bit of pressure to score a lot of points this week."

On surpassing some expectations so far this season...
"A lot of people did not even expect us to win five games, but we did. We came in with pretty high expectations, and we still have really high hopes and we are working hard to fulfill those hopes."

On the fan support so far this season...
"We have had great fan support this year. The student section has been awesome this year, and that means a lot to us."

Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On getting over the loss to Baylor...
"We are just trying to rebound. The same thing happened to us against Nebraska, so we just have to have the same attitude this week."

On the receiving corps stepping up...
"We are just trying to make the most of our opportunities. We are doing the same things that we have been doing, but we just know that we are going to have more of an increased role now that we are down a couple guys."

On the progression of the offense...
"Having Daniel Thomas running behind our offensive line is huge. Those guys open things up for everyone else."