K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On coming out of the bye week and preparing for Thursday...
"Well I hope they come through this bye week well. We have addressed it before with the mental aspect of it. I would like to think that it has evolved into determination and excitement for the ballgame. They tell me that is where they are, but everyone is a little bit different. Each one of them is the only one that really knows. It is appears that they are focused on what they are doing - I trust them for that."

On the atmosphere of a Thursday game...
"Well it is not at home, so it makes it different than the previous ballgame (vs. Auburn). Nothing can be done about it, but the difference is it is probably more difficult for our people - our fans. Thursday night trips and the distance is hard for our fanbase to make those kind of trips and take them away from work. It is difficult for our players academically because you miss two days of classes and that requires a lot of excess work. Outside of that, it is a road trip."

On what potentially sets the offensive line apart...
"Well I cannot say that there is anything that does set them apart, but I can say that most people say, and I think that it is accurate, that our offensive line is a different breed. They are interesting young guys. They are good young guys that care about each other. The unity, so to speak, you hear people talk about all over the country when you talk about offensive lines whether it is NFL, college or high school football. I think they see themselves as most people do - a bunch of guys that get covered up and do not get the claim that they deserve and nobody pays attention to them. How many requests were there for offensive linemen in the media? I guess what I am saying is there are a lot of things that kind of put them in a different category than a lot of other people. They take great pride in it. They are together - they do things together, they hang out together and they get together on the weekends with each other. They are just very tied together."

On the effect of having in-state ties for the offensive line...
"I would guess that is probably the case. When you go through and look at each one, it does not mean that they each do not have their own personalities or their own character because each one of them does. I would agree that their background and being local young guys does bring them closer together."

On the success of walk-ons in the program...
"It says something about the young people. It tells you that they have done things the right way. They have worked extremely hard and have put the values system in place. They have just gotten better over the years and became prominent players, I think. Their coaches have done a nice job, obviously, teaching them the fundamentals and the execution and all that goes along with it."

On the quarterback matchup against West Virginia...
"I think there are some similarities between the two (Jake Waters and Clint Trickett). Both of them are two-year starters now. You have heard me say this time and time again about Jake - the capacity of the experience of two years of practice and playing some games just made him better. He embraces the schematic aspect of it and understanding of offenses and defenses. Through that, he has gained so much more confidence. I think that Clint has probably done the exact same thing. I see the same progress. I see him at ease and more comfortable with his situation and schematically what they do. I see a lot of similarities in the two."

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On playing a Thursday-night game...
"We are excited about it. We have had a few extra days to prepare. With those extra days, we have been able to work out the kinks. We are really getting back to the basics of what we do, and I think we are excited and ready to go."

On West Virginia's offense...
"Anyone on their offense can make a huge play any given down. We just have to be ready for anything they are going to throw at us, and that is what we prepare for."

On West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett...
"Yeah, they have a very talented quarterback. People say that he does not run much, but there is no reason that he cannot. We just have to keep great pressure on him and contain him on the back end."

Defensive Lineman Travis Britz
On preparing for West Virginia...
"I think we are going to get a lot of what we got from TCU. They run a similar offense and blocking scheme. Our biggest challenge is to eliminate our mistakes from last week and execute our job."

On generating a pass rush...
"It is crucial. If you do not get back to Clint (Tricket), then the defensive backs will not have the opportunity to pick the ball off if it is underthrown, overthrown or just misplaced. It is going to make him more comfortable, so if we do not get back there, then he is going to be able to do whatever they want to do."

On Clint Trickett's running ability...
"We were actually talking about that yesterday with Coach Mo (Latimore), that he is a coach's son so he understands the game. He is savvy. He can make you miss. We cannot take that for granted. He has not shown that he can run the ball, but we all know that he is a quarterback so he can run the ball and juke us out if we are not careful."

Linebacker Will Davis
On West Virginia's offense...
"They are a great offensive football team. They have shown that against some of the Big 12 defenses, which is not an easy task. There are a lot of good defenses in the Big 12 that do not give up a lot of points or yards."

On West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett...
"He has improved so much, just his understanding of the system. He can really throw the ball around to about anyone. He has a lot of playmakers and he utilizes all of them."

On the Mountaineers' balanced attack...
"Yeah, their offense is such that they are not going to just go to one person. They are going to mix it up and get all of their players the ball. They have so much talent all around that they utilize everyone."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On getting ready to play after the bye week...
"Having a couple of weeks not playing a game can be really beneficial, but at the same time we are really itching to get on the field and play again. I think we are ready to play. A couple weeks of preparing and practicing day by day, we are just ready to play."

On the Thursday-night battle against West Virginia...
"I think it is going to be a great battle. West Virginia has had a great season. I think they are better than their record. They played TCU really close, played Alabama really close. They lost to Texas last week, so they are probably fired up and ready to respond. I think they will be ready to play."

On responding after the TCU game...
"Obviously TCU played better than we did. I think we are going to respond well as a team and show the country that was not us. We will bounce back and show resiliency."

Running Back Charles Jones
On re-establishing the run game...
"We had the same problems in the Auburn game, so we used this bye week to focus on establishing the run. We took it pretty personal when we couldn't get it going against TCU. We look forward to picking it back up this Thursday."

On the troubles running against TCU...
"I cannot really explain it. We had a lot of problems just as a whole team, offensively, and I feel like we corrected that this week."

On the importance of being balanced on offense...
"We need to be balanced. We need to establish the run so we can open up the pass. It is a collective effort."