K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

Nov. 2, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the senior class…
“I wish I had the opportunity to be with them for a longer period of time. I think there are a lot of good guys, fine players and fine young men as well. The quality and character of guys who took their education very seriously – 13 of them are graduates already. It is a pretty good group of youngsters.”

On the urgency to get a sixth win and become bowl eligible…
“I would think they would have a sense of urgency to improve our performance level, and I am sure the other part factors into it right now, but bowl eligible is one thing while having the opportunity to go to a bowl is another. We have a lot of teams in our conference that will be bowl eligible. There is no guarantee that six wins will put you into a bowl game.”

On the defensive effort in the first half against Oklahoma State…
“Our defense shut them down. They are the second or third highest scoring team in the country and our defense shut them out for 28 minutes. You have to be doing something right in order for that to happen and they did. Oklahoma State is a very good offensive football team. (Justin) Blackmon can certainly make a difference but not like that.”

On Mack Brown…
“He means a great deal to college football in a variety of ways. Mack and I served together on the board with the American Football Coaches Association and he is in line to become president of that. He is a good family person and cares about young people, and he does what he does the right way. The success is hard to argue with.”

On facing a tough defense…
“There are some awfully good football teams in the Big 12 Conference that can do a variety of different things. I think Oklahoma State was a better defensive football team than most may have assumed because of the numbers. But they proved to be a solid defensive football team. By the same token, the numbers indicate that the University of Texas is an extremely fine and talented defensive football team, but I think sometimes it kind of casts a shadow on the other side of the ball, which is not always appropriate, and I think they are a tremendous defensive football team, but I think they are good offensive football team as well.”

On the consistency of Corey Adams…
“Amazing. I hate to say it but I will say it because I love him to death – since I have known him he has not made a mistake. I do not know anybody that has not made any mistakes but he has not and I really appreciate him. I have said this before, but he is a great player doing what he does. He is a great person, provides some leadership for our program and has been selected by his teammates as a player representative. He just goes about his way in a real special manner, and I appreciate him for all of the things that he is and part of that is he is a good snapper and covers very well.”

Quarterback Carson Coffman
On Senior Day…
“It has kind of come upon us quickly. I did not expect it to be here this fast, but it is a great opportunity for myself and the rest of the seniors on this team. It is our last game in this stadium and we want to go out with a win.”

On having three road games left to play this season…
“It is kind of weird. A lot of us have been talking about it. We still have quite a bit left in the season but that is just how the schedule worked out.”

On the Texas defense…
“When you look at Texas this year and you see they have four losses and they might not seem as good on paper as they have been. But just watching them on film, I think they have one of the best defenses in the nation. I think their defense is better than Nebraska’s. It is going to be a tough challenge for us.”

On the current mood of the team…
“We are frustrated that we let two games that we had an opportunity to win slip away. We are just looking to get back on track this week.”

Defensive End Antonio Felder
On his greatest memory of playing at K-State…
“Going through camp is a good memory for the senior class. It was our last one so we had to be there for each other. We just had to push each other and look at each other and say, ‘We are going to make it. We are going to push through it.’ That is a good memory – us just sticking through it and being good leaders. It has carried on because the players that were leading in camp are still leading now. ”

On the possibility of becoming bowl eligible…
“It is going to be tough to get that sixth win, but we just have to go out there and work hard and try to get better.”

Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On leading the offensive through tough times…
“We have kind of dropped off these past couple weeks and lost some games that we probably should have won. We need something to motivate us, so I am just trying to do what I can. This week is a big one. We need to start winning.”

On the Texas defensive line…
“They have a lot of sacks. They are one of the most athletic fronts that we have seen this year. Some of them are undersized, but they make up for it with their aggressiveness and their point of attack. We are going have to be really good up front. We are going to have to keep our feet moving because they are really good at stuffing holes.”