K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Head Coach Ron Prince
Opening Statement...
“I think that this is unusual the way this has gone this season. From an Iowa State and evaluation standpoint, there have been very few games where we have watched them along the season, except for the KU game early this season. The way this season has gone, we have not really seen a lot of them on tape. I had a chance to go and watch their performance against KU, particularly their first half, and I thought it was terrific. I thought they played a really energetic and really solid game against Colorado. Obviously, it came down to the very end and if you just look at the first half of a lot of their games and how they put their games together, they do a really nice job. It is easy to see they have improved the talent on their team. You can see that they are playing very coherent and consistent from year to year. This is a very hard league to win in and they, like us, have to find some dynamic playmakers on both sides of the ball, and that is where they have come up a little bit short and so have we.

“I am real impressed with their quarterback. I have found that he has been a very, very accurate passer and he shows a lot of touch, particularly on throws in the seams. I have been really impressed it jumped out at me at how he has been able to throw the ball down the middle to his tight ends and other receivers running away from him. That is very unusual for a team that likes to run the ball and do a lot of those things. A lot of times quarterbacks do not always like that throw. There are some other throws that are easier to complete and he has shown some nice touch on those. We have been really impressed with him. I also think their offensive line has tremendously improved, particularly on their left side. A lot of things that we had some trouble with the other night from a zone-read standpoint that the quarterback hurt us on, we will see those exact same things from the exact same formation. So, I am sure they will see some opportunities in those.

“From a defensive standpoint, they continue to be very, very consistent. They do not beat themselves. They are continuing to improve, but the reality in this league is that it is very challenging to play lights-out defense and shut people down. However, I can see improvement in all of the phases that they are putting together there. I see a lot of coherent schemes throughout their game between their offensive, defensive, and special teams plans. Obviously, two teams that I would not normally want to meet under these kind of circumstances with the records the way they are, but we feel like there is an opportunity for us to win a game for these seniors and that is what our focus is. We need to play a good game without turnovers on offense and try to create some on defense. If we can play good enough in the kicking game and try to find some opportunities, we think we will have a really good chance with this game.”

On Josh Freeman’s status...
“We are going to take a look at him here in the next day or two. He probably will not practice or will be limited on Tuesday when we go out there. I expect him to be practicing on Wednesday, with some limitations perhaps, but I expect him to play and start in the game. We are going to make sure that we do a good job with that and make sure that he is ready to go on Saturday and I know he is really anxious to do so.“

On Carson Coffman’s abilities...
“I have no doubt that Carson will be a highly successful quarterback. If Carson had to come into the game, or had to start for us, there is no doubt that I think he will do really well. That is why we recruited him.”

Quarterback Josh Freeman
On how he feels...
“Right now I’m a little tired because I’ve been in class all day. We didn’t make a bowl game so it is obviously devastating. Physically, I am a little beat up. I got hit a couple times Saturday. I’ll be okay though. I’m going down for treatment here in a few minutes and then I’ll be ready to go.”

On whether he could have stayed in the game Saturday...
“It doesn’t really come down to whether you feel you can stay in the game or not. Coach (Prince) felt like Carson (Coffman) was a better option for the way things were going. He had his reasoning and that is what happened.”

On what he thinks about this weekend...
“I’m thinking about going out and preparing well this week for Iowa State. We want to play well so we can send our seniors out on a good note. Winning the last game means a lot because the last game is all you think about for the whole summer. It was Rutgers my freshman year and Fresno State my sophomore. You really want to do well in your last game.”

Kicker Brooks Rossman
On wrapping up career at K-State...
“It has been a great journey and I’m so appreciative of the opportunities that I’ve had. Coach Prince gave me the opportunity to come here, walk on and earn a job and I’m really thankful. Coach Rodgers has really helped me step up my game. I’ve really learned from Sean Snyder’s experiences, he has really taught me how to be the best. I’m just so appreciative.”

On the NFL...
“That is definitely something that I would like to pursue. I’m going to work on finishing strong this week and that is definitely something that I will think about after this week.”

On the lack of kicking opportunities the last couple weeks...
“I don’t really worry about that. When my number is called to kick, then I have to make the kick. I would much rather us score touchdowns and me kick extra points than kick field goals.”

On what he is going to take with him from his time at K-State...
“I’m really going to take with me the experiences that I had with the guys on the team. I’ve made some life-long friends. I am so grateful for the town and the community. It has been an awesome experience.”

Tight End Brett Alstatt
On what he is going to miss the most about K-State...
“I’ll probably miss a lot of the little things that you don’t realize like riding the bus, driving through town with a police escort. The little things like that like walking out before the crowd gets in the stadium and seeing things from a different perspective that you don’t see everyday.”

On what does K-State need in the next coach...
“I think a coach that knows what K-State is about. It is not a big-city campus. You have to have a feel of the people. I think we have to have somebody that just connects the Kansas life and the blue-collar people around here. I don’t think it will make a difference whether it is a defensive or offensive coach, just as long as he is qualified.”