K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On playing three of the last four games on the road...
"My only thinking right now is TCU and we will worry about the others when we come to them. I am just worried about how we are prepared for this upcoming ballgame. I think we are making progress. I have said that before, and I have said that after the last ballgame. I think we are improving. We made some improvements in the last ballgame. There are a lot of things that we still have to get corrected going into the TCU ballgame. We all know the quality of TCU's football team, players and coaches. How well prepared we are today is what is important to me, and I will know that after practice."

On TCU's offensive turnaround...
"I think there are probably a lot things that play a role. I think he (Gary Patterson) altered the system and changed to the type of offense that they have right now. I think it fit their quarterback extremely well. He (Trevone Boykin) has been exceptional throughout the course of the season. He struggled a little bit last week, but prior to that he had 850-900 yards total in offense in the previous two games, which was kind of reminiscent to the quarterback of the University of Texas (Tyrone Swoopes) coming in his previous two games having roughly 800 yards of total offense. The system fits Boykin. He is a very gifted athlete. He can run the ball and do the option with it. He can do the quarterback run stuff, and he is throwing the ball extremely well and throwing it down the field - it just is not the short stuff. I think that is a major element in the great improvement that they have made and the progress and success that they have had this year. We all know, as you indicated, that there is always going to be a good and physical defensive team, and there is a great deal of experience there as well. They have nine returning starters on their defense. Nine of those defensive starters are upperclassmen. They are also very sound with their special teams. They do not let themselves get beat in special teams either."

On comparison to TCU's offense in the conference...
"Well, first of all, they do not do a substantial number of things. It is not extremely broad-based. It does not mean that they cannot do a lot of things - they can. My guess is - just strictly a guess - they spend a vast majority of their preparation time on a few plays that are very basic in the running game and in the passing game and become very good at those things. They had some gadgets that go along with it. That kind of goes along with if you get fooled or not."

On what stands out about Trevone Boykin...
"Well, as I indicated, I think he has nearly 900 yards previous to the West Virginia game. There were situations in that game, but in the previous two ballgames he had nearly 900 yards total offense collectively in those two games alone. That probably stands out as much as anything."

On Jake Waters' decision-making...
"I think it is extremely important regarding who you are having to play against. Certainly TCU's defense is gifted, strong and knowledgeable about what they do. It is just goes with the saying that it is vital for whoever is our quarterback at any time make good decisions. I think that is something that we have always said when we talk about quarterbacks and what their capabilities are. I think one of the very first things we talk about is their decision-making process and how well they can handle the system itself. He has done well and feels more and more comfortable with it all the time. That is not taking anything for granted and taking every day as a new day. I am pleased with the progress he has made."

On improvements in turnover margin...
"We have been reasonably productive with not turning the ball over, but we had not created a substantial amount of turnovers. I think that has elevated a little bit. We have continued to be reasonably possessive with the ball. We had the interception that Joe (Hubener) threw the other night. When you pull the wire out of it, it really was not his responsibility, but nevertheless, he threw it and got credit for it. Jake (Waters) had one but then got hit. That was a bad throw on his part and he realizes that. That was not the decision - he just made a bad throw."

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the upcoming road games...
"Every week is a new challenge. We are excited because we like new challenges. We can really see who we are and show other people that we can accept challenges."

On keeping focused...
"I think it has been engrained in our minds. We are always looking at the game in front of us. The other games do not matter if you do not win the game right in front of you. You just cannot overlook them. We are just very focused on our preparation for this Saturday."

On playing another top-10 team...
"It will be huge. Like always, we are preparing well and we are excited for Saturday. I hope we prepare well enough to come away with a win."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On being confident with the last four games...
"I think that the whole team has accepted the challenge, we are playing some really tough teams coming up. I do not think that we are nervous about that. I think that if we have come to this point, playing teams like Oklahoma State and Texas, even though their records are not great, they are still great teams that have had a lot of success in the past. I think that if we overlook any team in the Big 12, they can beat you on any given day. I am excited for this stretch, the challenge that we have and the opportunity we have to do something really special."

On playing TCU...
"I do not know if this week feels any different. A lot of people have come up to me, `Oh you have TCU this week, and it is going to be a big game!' I think that the nature of Kansas State and something that Coach Snyder emphasizes is that we have to be better every day and we have to prepare like this is the most important game. This last game when we played Oklahoma State, we prepared like this is going to be the most important game that we will play. I feel like this is kind of the mentality of our team. I feel like this game is a great opportunity. This is a big game."

On if he thinks that TCU's secondary is similar to K-State's secondary...
"I do not really know, I have not focused on their secondary that much. I know that they have a lot of experienced guys on defense. I know that Oklahoma State had some `hitter' guys in there and some freshmen. TCU has some guys that are juniors and seniors that have been in the system for several years. They have a lot of maturity and experience under their belt, but I do not really know much about their secondary."

Defensive Lineman Travis Britz
On the play of the defense...
"I think from early on in the season we have come a long way. We just have that attitude of trying to get better every day and do not be satisfied with what you are doing. We cannot take anything for granted. Coach really pushed us to be the defensive line that we need to be. We still have a long way to go, and I believe with time and effort we will get there."

On having depth along the defensive line...
"That is a huge advantage. It keeps everyone fresh and motivated. We can feed off each other and know what they are going to do based on what the offensive line is doing."

On Terrell Clinkscales...
"He is just a big body and he brings a lot of physicality. He is very hard to move. A guy like him, he can really help out the middle and take up some double teams. He keeps improving. He will be a great player for us."

Linebacker Will Davis
On the difference of the TCU game from others...
"We have done a really great job of treating every game and opponent the same, and I think that we have done a good job this week with that. I hope that we can keep doing that; we have been doing well throughout the season. It is a big game, but we look at it as if it is another opponent."

On TCU's offense...
"They definitely have some of the statistics that the other teams may not have had. They are a good offensive football team. They have talent all around the ball. They are led by a good quarterback. It will be a tough challenge for us."

On if they saw anything that West Virginia did against them...
"We have looked at the West Virginia film a little bit. It was a tough game for TCU going on the road for a big-time game. West Virginia is not an easy team to play against, especially at their house. The weather conditions are a little bit colder and it was rainy, so maybe it was an off day. I could not put a finger on it. I guess it was an off day for them. They still put up 31 points. That is still not a bad day's work. We will expect them to be ready to go."