K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference
K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference
Head Coach Ron Prince
“Obviously, we’ve been looking forward to this game here for quite a while. This is a game that has been marked on our schedule all year long. It doesn’t take a whole lot to know if you’re from this area or on this team the kind of significance that is going to be paid to the game. I think this is what’s great about college football. The games this time of year are meaningful to so many people. This one, obviously, has a lot of regional impact for the people in this area. I think it’s the 13th-most played rivalry and everyone likes to hear and talk about those kinds of things. This is a very good team that we are going to face. This team is a big, strong team and I’m very impressed with them. We seem to have quite a few games where we have followed them, as we have played an opponent the week after them, so we’ve been able to watch their game tape quite a bit this year. I think this running back, No. 29 (Jon Cornish), is terrific. He reminds me a lot of Thomas Jones, the
On road wins...
“The way I look at it is that anytime you can go on the road and that you can go on the road and win that, by itself, is growth. That is an accomplishment. Road wins are challenging. For us, that is the main focus how you can go on the road and win a game with all the implications and everything. That’s a whole body of work. It’s a whole season long of putting that together. To go on the road and win a conference game, it would take us a long ways with our team.”
On staying humble through the winning streak ...
“Whether it’s coming off of back-to-back losses or back-to-back wins, our mantra has been very clear. They are going to make you play again in seven days. I like to win, and we all like to compete. When the game is over, we take advantage of it and enjoy it. I have to move on first before anybody else does. Then I get the coaches to move on and the players as well. I think our players have done a very nice job with that. We’re by no means perfect and have a lot of work to do with improvement in a lot of areas. That’s what we’re focusing on. We didn’t win any championships Saturday and that’s what we came here to do. It’s a nice win and it will take us a long ways. It is one that we will remember, but that one doesn’t have anything to do with this one.”
On Josh Freeman’s throws...
“Well, I know what I’m going to try to put in that kid’s head and that is a pretty attractive sight. That’s been reflected in a lot of the conversations that has occurred. We felt that this was possible. We want to play as well in all these areas, and that takes a lot of people around the quarterback to play well. I usually say that a running game is a quarterback’s best friend. There wasn’t a whole lot of chance with that in this game just in the style in which they (
On the walk-ons having a significant role...
On if he approaches this game any differently...
“Not from my standpoint. There will be enough emotion created in the stadium with everybody surrounding it. For me, it’s just a matter of what happens between the lines, keeping their heads there, and deciding how we want the game to be played to our best advantage. They are a very good team. It’s very clear to me that they have a very clear and concise plan on how they want their team to be put together. They’ve done a very good job with that. That forces the game to be played a certain way.”
“I think their corner will be the best that we’ve faced all year. We’re very concerned about him and the pass rush they can get. What makes them so unusual is that they can generate quite a bit of pass rush from their interior linemen on defense. They have some linebackers that are very physical players. When watching the
On Josh Freeman’s demeanor following the
“Josh is a very poised young man who has been raised very well and coached well. He’s very level headed. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have gotten to this point. Those were all things that we could evaluate when we got involved with him in recruiting. His expectations of what he wants to accomplish are much higher than what is happening, and mine as well. I think that he can play even better. Our expectation will be that way and everybody around him will have to play better than what we did last week. If you focus on the competition and what’s happening between the lines, then I think it has your attention and you understand the challenges. Those other things are things that take the entire season to build those kinds of reputations. The things that happened in that game in
On the offensive line...
“I think Tim McCarty has done a really nice job with those guys. There are a number of guys that we’re getting good production from in there. Here of late, we’ve had eight or nine guys that can go in and give us some minutes there. James Franklin is doing a terrific job of calling the kind of game that allows those kids to play as well as they can, both in protection of Josh (Freeman) and to advance Leon (Patton) and James (Johnson) down the field. We’re all getting better at our jobs and gaining experience on the job. I think those kids there are an example of that as well. I was really pleased with the way Mike Freison played at right tackle. I think Greg Wafford has had the three best games of his career in a row, which couldn’t have come at a better time. One of the key plays for him was the reverse at
On Ian Campbell...
“In this system, he has the opportunity to do a lot of really neat things and he takes full advantage of it. To have as many tackles for loss and sacks as he’s had and he’s been a factor in lot of different ways has been really tremendous. Coach (Mo) Latimore has done a really good job with him and has pushed him hard. But, this is a young man that has a lot of desire. We saw that in the spring. He had two fumble recoveries, which is a part of his game that he’s adding. The effort to get to the quarterback or the ball to be ball aware enough to know what’s happening and to get on the ball I thought it added another dimension to his game. We’ve had very solid defensive-tackle play, which has allowed him and Rob Jackson to make a lot of movement. The fact that Rob Jackson has come on for us, particularly the second half of the season, has made it possible for Ian to continue to draw single blocks over there. This group that we faced Saturday was very good. They (
Freshman Quarterback Josh Freeman
“It was a good win but we’ve got to put it behind us and get ready for the next game. Our goal was to win and I think everyone on the team was planning on winning. When it happened it was awesome but we’ve got to move on.
On his back-to-back Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week awards...
“It just means that we won. I’m trying to do my best, trying to get a win. The awards that come with that are just gravy. The main thing is winning and we’ve been getting that done we just have to try to keep it up.”
On how far he’s come since arriving in the spring...
“I feel like I’ve come a long ways. The coaches have done a great job breaking everything down and allowing me to digest it a little slower and get things together at my own pace. I think that’s really helped show that I can play physically at the speed I’d like to and be 100-percent confident with the mental side as well. It’s really been good.”
Senior Kicker Jeff Snodgrass
On his thoughts before the 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against
“I don’t even remember what I was thinking about. To be honest I don’t think I was thinking about anything. It was just one of those deals where you go out and it’s just another kick. I really didn’t feel any pressure on it or anything. I just went out and swung away.”
On the reaction from fans this week...
“The week’s been great, people have had a lot of nice things to say that’s always a plus.”
Junior Offensive Lineman
On Josh Freeman’s command in the huddle...
“He does take control. He’s the quarterback and we all listen to him and that’s the way it is. In practice, Josh will joke around with us and keep it a little light, but during the game he’s completely focused on what he needs to get done and what he needs to do. He tells us what to do and that’s all there is to it, we listen.”
On the rivalry with
“It’s definitely a huge game an in-state rivalry. Nobody over there likes us and I don’t think anyone over here likes them. It’s definitely a huge game for us.”
Senior Defensive Lineman Blake Seiler
On the upcoming week...
“It’ll be a great game for us they’re our rival. It was a great win for us last week against
“I think (
On the loss to
“I was there. It was something that we definitely don’t want to experience again. I remember their fans rushing the field and walking off the field looking at the scoreboard. It wasn’t a good feeling at all.”
Senior Defensive Lineman Quentin Echols
“When I first got here to
“I actually just learned that we weren’t favored just a minute ago, but it doesn’t phase us. We understand that we’re playing against them in their home stadium, and it might be senior day. This is a big game, and it just means that we have to prove more to more people.”
On watching the offense improve over the season...
“Those guys have got a lot of confidence going right now. They are the same guys with the same speed and same technique as before. They’ve just got the confidence now, and when you have confidence it’s hard to break your team down. (Josh) Freeman is playing great. When a quarterback goes out and performs like he does every week, who wouldn’t want to block hard for him or catch every pass that he throws to you?”
Sophomore Defensive End Ian Campbell
On tying K-State’s single-season sack record...
“It feels pretty good to tie the record. I want to get out there and get as many as I can. I think any defensive end would say that. I’m not really concerned on how many I break it by, if I do break it. I’ll just try to get as many hits on
“It was definitely the most exciting game I’ve been a part of since I’ve been up here. A close second would have to be the
On the rivalry, being from
“I think the rivalry factor is pretty intense. The KU guys would say the same. A lot of the