K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

Nov. 8, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On facing high-powered offenses week after week…
“That is the nature of the game. Collectively, our conference is a high-speed, fast-oriented and big-statistics conference. If you play in it, you have to do something about it.”

On the defensive improvements this season…
“We are a little bit faster when we are mentally able to play faster. I think we have a little bit more speed at the linebacker position. I think that we have been a little more consistent up front. They are a really dedicated group of young guys. They are competitive, and I like the way they compete.”

On dealing with two straight losses…
“We try to be consistent and approach every game exactly the same and try to have a system of response that each game brings you – tremendous pain, anguish and anger and then the joy of when you play successfully. The most important thing is how our coaches and players respond, and we need to do that in a consistent manner. I thought after the seven ballgames that we had won, we probably did not respond as well as we should have. We might have lost sight of where we were and how we got there, and we certainly paid the price against Oklahoma. I think we handled the Oklahoma loss in the appropriate way, under the circumstance, and I admire our players for that. Consequently, they came back and performed reasonably well against Oklahoma State. But there has to be some consistency in it and that consistency is that you have to go through the emotions because they are going to be there and let them run their course as rapidly as possible and get onto the next performance and preparation, and that is where we are right now. It is about having the same dedication towards getting better day in and day out. We talk about being 1-0 in our daily work – every segment of every practice, every repetition of every practice, every day it is the same thing. We are just trying to get ourselves better and that is the consistency of it. Whether it was a win or a loss, regardless of what your record is, the bottom line is, if you want to be a better team, you have to practice to get better.”

On the toughness of Collin Klein…
“Collin is a very, very tough young guy. But we have a lot of guys that take hits, and so does everybody else. You have got running backs in the conference that run the ball 25 times a game and they get hit the same way. That is just the nature of the game, and I think that Collin handles it as well as anybody.”

On the Texas A&M offense…
“Some of the schemes they run are different (than Oklahoma State). But everyone has a little something that they do differently, and A&M is no exception and sometimes that is just a matter of emphasis. They are a little bit more balanced in their offense than Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were, and I think they attempt to be a balanced football team. Sometimes the nature of the game that you are playing dictates to you whether you have to be heavier with the run or heavier with the pass, and it appears to be that they preference would be to have balance in their offense. They have run the ball well. (Ryan) Tannehill throws the ball very well – let’s not lose sight of that. He is about a 60-percent thrower and he has thrown for over 2,000 yards, so they are going to throw the ball. We are not going to not see the pass, and the fact that we have given up over 900 yards the past two weeks passing, Texas A&M is watching the same tape that I am watching. They are going to throw the ball, there is no doubt about that. But my guess is that they are going to maintain the balance in their offense but they are not going to bypass the pass just to run the ball.”

On the progression to Tyler Lockett…
“Well, I never thought about how fast he would or would not progress. I know there was a lot of dialogue in regards to visiting with his parents whether he would play this year or have him take a redshirt. The thought that we would put him on the field instead of redshirting him would maybe indicate that he would play well, but I did not have any projections on how well he would play.”

On Texas A&M being without running back Christine Michael…
“I cannot speak for them, but I do not know that it would necessarily change things for them. I think they utilize both running backs. Michael did not have many receptions so I look at it as Cyrus Gray might be a little more versatile in what he does.”

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On trying to recover from the loss at home…
“It is going to be nice to be able to come back here and play a team in front of everybody again. The season is starting to wind down, and we all love and appreciate the fans, so we are just looking forward to a good game.”

On hitting the ‘reset’ button after losing a game…
“As far as the reset button goes, you have to hit it every week. You just have to keep yourself mentally focused on who you have to prepare for. Once you get home from the previous game, or when the previous game is over, you have to hit the reset button to focus on your next opponent.”

On Texas A&M…
“They are a very good, very fast, very athletic football team. Their record is not the way to describe their team. They are very good, very physical football team.”

Defensive Back Nigel Malone
On if it is frustrating not having pressure on the quarterback…
“Not really. It is a mutual kind of thing. If they do not get pressure on them, then we still have to cover them regardless what the situation may be. It is always easier when there is pressure, but I am not going to complain about it. I am just going to go out and play football.”

On the importance of getting a win…
“Every week is important to come out with a win. This week especially, just to keep our hopes up for a real good bowl game. So our focus is to just come out and practice the way we know how to practice and come out and get ready for A&M.”

On the losses taking away what the team has done…
“We do not think it has at all. Those games are in the past, and we are going to stay confident regardless, stay together and come out to play this weekend.”

Defensive Back Allen Chapman
On getting over the last game…
“Sunday is probably the hardest day right after the game. Monday you just watch film and then the next day you just move on.”

On facing Texas A&M’s offense…
“I think we are battle tested, but at the same time it is football. You win some games, you lose some games, and it is how you respond to each game.”

On Texas A&M…
“They are a good running team. They have a good running back, and they have some nice receivers with great size.”