K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Collin Klein

Nov. 9, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the play of the offensive line against Texas…
“They played very well. It was a physical ballgame. The University of Texas has a very good and physical defensive front. They are strong, sizeable and I thought our guys certainly played hard. I thought they played aggressively and with a degree of toughness that I was pleased with, and they continue to make improvements that is so vital to us right now.”

On the factors to decide the starting quarterback for this week’s game…
“Well I think part of it will be how well they perform during the course of the week and their preparations. I think that Carson (Coffman) is pretty much back to full strength right now and that was part of it last week. He was not at full strength.”

On the confidence of Collin Klein’s passing game…
“He has been on the field before and has thrown since he has been a quarterback for us. If you are eluding to that did we not throw it because we did not think that he could throw it, that is not the situation at all.”

On moving Prizell Brown to defensive end and his performance…
“I think Prizell played well, and I think what went into the decision was basically how do we get the best four onto the field in the right positions and that had more than anything to do with it. He likes the move. He liked playing out there and it gives us the ability to have him out there now and that allows us to have a little more flexibility in terms of where players can play because we do not have a great deal of depth, so it becomes significant that we have a lot of players that have to play more than one position.”

On the team’s pass rush…
“I think if you go back and look, we were fortunate to get five interceptions in the ballgame and there is always a reason why certain things happen, and even though we only had one sack in the game, our pass rush did have an impact on more than one of those interceptions. I find myself guilty of judging our pass rush on the number of sacks we get, but sometimes it is being in the right lane and we tipped a number of passes during the course of the year, and we tipped one the other night that caused an interception. It has become a little more productive over the last few ball games. The bottom line is we are getting a little bit better at it. It may not show up statistically as sacks but it certainly accomplishes what we want to.”

On Tre Walker…
“Tre is obviously a young pup, but he flies around and plays awfully hard and has good quickness to him that allows him to avoid some blocks that might otherwise disrupt this capacity to play. He is still learning and still has a ways to go, but I am pleased with his effort and all capacities in trying to learn, and he is getting better. He seems to improve week in and week out and that is what you expect from someone as young as he is and from anybody. He works at it and I appreciate that.”

Running Back Daniel Thomas
On offensive lineman Zach Kendall…
“He is an experienced veteran here at Kansas State, and he brings a lot of energy to the team. He is a great player as well. He just brings a lot to the table.”

On quarterback Collin Klein…
“Collin is a great runner and teams have to respect that. Texas did not know what to expect with Collin because they probably did not see a lot of film on him. Collin opens things up for me and for everybody else, because he is such a threat to run the ball.”

On his improvement from last year to this year…
“I think I am a lot better. This is only my second year playing running back but I feel a little more comfortable, but there are still areas that I need to work on. I think I am adjusting to it pretty well but I think I have got a lot of room to grow.”

On having the most rushing yards in school history through nine games…
“It is a great accomplishment because there have been a lot of great running backs that have come through this program. I did not know that stat until now, and I think it is a good stat. I have got to give credit to the offensive line because they are the ones who are opening up things for me.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On last Saturday’s win against Texas…
“I feel like I was the starter because I am still a little sore. But the most important thing is that we walked away from Saturday with a team victory with special teams and the defense and everyone across the board contributing. But we are already preparing for Missouri and we are going to see what happens.”

On the possibility of being a starter again this week…
“I think I am going to prepare hard like I have been. But honestly, Coach (Del) Miller has done a fine job, even when I have been backing up, that I felt prepared and I have known the game plans. So I just have to be prepared whether I am going to start or not.”

On throwing the ball more against Missouri…
“Like I mentioned after the game (on Saturday), if you guys would have told me that we would have beaten Texas the way we did and only had thrown the ball four times, I would have laughed because I would not have believed you. Again, I think we are going to do whatever it takes to win, whether we have to throw the ball 60 times or only four, so we will just see what happens.”

Defensive End Antonio Felder
On avenging last year’s loss to Missouri…
“Last year against Missouri we lost and we should be playing with a chip on our shoulder because we do not want to lose to them again, especially us seniors.”

On Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert…
“The difference that I see from him is his maturity and the fact that he uses his feet more. Last year, he did not really use his feet as much except on a couple of occasions. But I think this year, he wants to run more.”