K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Elijah Lee playing as a true freshman...
"Elijah has done well. He is making improvements. He is going to be a very fine player. He was good enough as a freshman to move up to the backup role at the onset of the season. The more playing time he gets, the better he gets. I think it is an accumulation of a lot of things. He is a talented guy. He runs around and makes plays. He is a bright young fellow. Right now, it is at the level of needing experience. Every repetition he gets in practice, every repetition he gets in a game, just adds to his strength."

On Oklahoma State's offense...
"There is all that dialogue about Oklahoma State struggling on offense. Someone played very well defensively against them. I think they have had some injuries that have impacted their offensive line and running back. I do not know if they feel like they have been playing as well on offense, but when I look at them, they look pretty good."

On the defensive consistency...
"Like I have said so many times, we have not been as consistent as I have liked. We have played well, we have played extremely well, but we have had to improve. We played extremely well when we had to against Oklahoma. We made plays when we had to, but we still gave up a substantial amount (of yards). I am hoping to maintain some consistency throughout. I think our coaches, staff and players want the same thing. I think the characteristic of our defense is that we are very sound in what we do. The players are very good about where they are supposed to be the vast majority of the time. They are doing what they are supposed to be doing. There is a discipline that is very consistent. It is important in our program, and certainly when we are playing defense. I think, fundamentally, we have just gotten better and better. I think there is a tough-mindedness that permeates the vast majority of the defense."

On the shutout...
"It is a great tribute, having a shutout. Holding someone to zero points in a game does not happen in college football because offenses are so prolific in this day and age for a variety of different reasons. So to be able to counteract that trend, it takes a lot of intelligence, a lot of hard work and certainly continuity in what is going on."

On Dylan Schellenberg...
"Dylan is Jon Truman, Jr. He's guy that just epitomizes being in the right place at the right time. He's a bright young guy. He reacts well. He can play fast because he can react fast and processes information very well. He's just a very steady player."

On the secondary providing support in defending the run...
"They've done well. Being physical is one thing, but the most important thing is that you can see and process information appropriately. If you make mistakes, then you end up tackling the guy that does not have the ball and the guy that has the ball is the guy behind where you were. That's where they have to be really good is making the right decisions about when to defend the run. With tackling, they've made progress, gotten better. They're still not where you'd like for them to be, but throughout the course of the season - they took a little bit of a step back at Oklahoma - but last week they were a little bit better and in previous weeks they had gotten better."

On the announcement that he and AD John Currie donated funds to keep the residence halls open prior to the KU game...
"By playing over Thanksgiving, we were hard-pressed to feel as though we would have a significant crowd in terms of our student body because of the cost of opening the dorms, and they wouldn't have a place to stay if they came back for the ballgame. I know they want to come back to the ballgame, the vast majority that can are close enough. With the dorms begin closed, it took an additional amount of money to open them up, so we pitched in."

On Mike Gundy's success at Oklahoma State...
"I have not really thought about it other than he is a very fine coach and has a very fine staff. What they do offensively and defensively is very sound. They have done a nice job of being able to play the talent and coach to the talent that does exist in the program, playing to the strengths of the players that they have in the program."

On what makes Oklahoma State running back/returner Tyreek Hill a threat...
"He's the fastest man in the world, that's probably what makes most of it happen. He has world-class speed. He can run. He doesn't need another one (skill set). You just give him the ball and he out-runs everyone that's on the field. That's pretty simple. He can play in the backfield and he can play as a wide receiver so he can catch the ball. He's a good player, he's awfully fast, and he's versatile enough to play multiple positions."

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On neutralizing Texas' run game...
"That is always a big goal of ours, to stop the run, make them one-dimensional, and make them have to go through the air. Getting stops when we need them obviously helped us to hold them under 100 yards rushing, and I am glad we got that done."

On the play of the front four...
"They are a bunch of guys that just get after it on the practice field and on game day. It does not surprise me one bit when I see them make big plays or get a good push against a good offensive line because they work at it and that is what they do."

On what he thinks about Terrell Clinkscales...
"When I first saw him, I knew he had a lot of potential. It is good to see him come around, and he has bought into the system. He made an effort to get himself better and help this program. It is huge for him to get out on the field and really show everybody what he has got."

Linebacker Will Davis
On the play of Elijah Lee...
"I would say it is his maturity. He definitely does not act like a true freshman walking around the complex or at practice. He brings the same mindset that a junior or senior would. I feel like his biggest upside is his maturity that he brings every day. He is never down or out like a normal freshman might be some days after a bad practice or a bad play. He always has a good mindset."

On the team after the shutout...
"Like always, the defense is trying to come out and shut someone out. That is a big thing for every defense no matter who you are playing against. Especially against a team like Texas, it is a big thing for us. It does drive us more and keeps us motivated for next week."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On the play of Elijah Lee...
"I remember this summer when he came to K-State, I think he was just trying to really learn the defense. I do not think he expected to play like he has been. He has just been a great student of the game. He has spent a lot of time with older guys that have been though the system, asking questions and trying to learn the defense. I think that shows a lot of maturity on his part. I think a lot of freshmen come in and expect that they are going to redshirt and wait a year to play. He just shows a lot of poise on the field."

On Oklahoma State...
"I think they will always be competitors regardless of what their record is or how their season has gone. They always have great athletes and high recruits on their team. I know they have had some issues with injuries this season. I think just expecting the best team and the best that they have will be a smart thing for us to do on our part."

On Oklahoma State's offense...
"They always have great receivers on their offense. They have a lot of diversity on their offense as well. I think, defensively, just to be ready for anything."

Linebacker Elijah Lee
On his progress throughout the season...
"I have become more confident, especially in this game (Texas), because I got to play more than I usually do because we played our base package."

On going from playing high school straight to the Big 12...
"It was actually pretty nice because I am getting to play guys from all over, and I know I can hang with them."

On if he came into this season thinking he was going to redshirt...
"I came in thinking I was going to redshirt. But then, throughout summer and camp, I decided that if I worked hard, there would be no way they could have kept me off of the field."

Place Kicker Mathew McCrane
On the recruiting process that led him to Kansas State...
"It was a long, long road. I got a bunch of Division II offers in Texas and throughout the country. No Texas schools really wanted to offer me a scholarship. They all said walk on. Some schools kind of strung me along. They might have offered, they might have not. It was tough, especially knowing that I might not have a Division I offer. Late in my junior season, I got an offer from Air Force. I really wanted to go there, I took that as a strong possibility. About a week before the Air Force Academy coach came down, I got a call from Coach Sean Snyder asking if I wanted to come up for the Texas game. So I came up and got offered by coach and I ended up coming here."

On getting offered a scholarship by K-State...
"It was great. Growing up a Texas fan and always wanting to play in the Big 12, it was big for me. Especially for Coach (Bill) Snyder who has made a big legacy here at Kansas State. It was a really big deal to me."

On being perfect against Texas...
"It was great, it really was. Talking to my dad after the game, he was excited for me and I found out that he was wearing all purple to the game, so that was good. It was good to get field goals against Texas and to just get on the field, I was happy for that."