Kansas State Holds Weekly Press Conference
Kansas State Holds Weekly Press Conference
Head Coach Ron Prince
“I thought we played one of the very best teams in college football Saturday. I was real pleased by the focus our players had in practice. From a scheme standpoint, we did some things that we had been working on for some period of time to try to be able to play against this particular type of spread offense that we just faced. Style-wise, I was real pleased with how we were able to adapt to that and in some ways, at least in the early going, limit the offensive production that
“The challenges for this week are completely different, (
On the chances of getting to a bowl game...
“I don’t know. I think so much of it has to do with the number of teams that get into a BCS bowl game from this conference and what that does to the bowl slots. I have told our players all along that winning a game is the best way to figure it out from that standpoint. If you don’t win seven games then you are at someone else’s mercy. If you don’t win six then you don’t have a chance it is pretty clear. We have had three straight weeks where we would have liked to get our sixth win and it has not occurred against a variety of teams and styles. We need to play better and if we play better then we will have the opportunity to get that win.
On if he has a preference of a bowl...
“I don’t think there is any such thing as a bad bowl game. I don’t think there is any such thing as too many teams in the post-season. I’m not going to get into an apples and oranges conversation here, but 65 teams go on in basketball. So I understand there is a lot of interest in teams being able to go to the post-season. I think it is great for the kids. I think it is great for the programs. It is good for the kids because you get an experience to play a team that is usually outside the area that you would normally get to play. Bowl games kind of got started because communities wanted to bring football to the area and bring fans, kind of a chamber of commerce type of thing. Right now, with television and all of the things that are happening, the whole bowl season is just a celebration of the game of football. It gives some good players and some good teams the chance to be on the same stage together and it makes for great water cooler conversation and that kind of thing. From a coaching standpoint, sometimes a bowl game can undo your season. There are a lot of times where you could have a very successful season and the only thing that anybody remembers is how poorly you played in a bowl game. One of the teams that I am very impressed with this year is
Senior Defensive Lineman Steven Cline
On why he came to K-State...
“My decision was because K-State had such a great defensive line throughout the years they were recruiting me, so that was probably the biggest thing.”
“I was king of young. They were a well coached team, and they had a really good offensive line. It’s going to be the same way this year, great offensive line, probably doing a lot of the same things. All I remember is it was a big loss, but they were a great team.”
Sophomore Quarterback Josh Freeman
“They have had a pretty successful season. They have won six games so far and we are still looking to our sixth (win). We just have to get ready to play this week and go out there and get it done.”
On playing for a bowl game...
“Everybody has to be feeling a little pressure. If we win, there is a chance we get a bowl game. If we lose, our season is over. I don’t think anybody wants to let the seniors down I sure don’t. I think this team still has fight in them. I feel like if the season ends it will be too soon. We just have to go out and play. Everything is on the line right now.”
Junior Linebacker Ian Campbell
On playing for bowl eligibility...
“It kind of feels like you are playing for that wild card game, and I want a spot. I want a chance to play in the postseason. With
On the first year of the 3-4 defense...
“I think it is a good defense. I feel like oru players we haven’t run it as sound as it could be run. People talk about the 3-4 and the 4-3, and moving me around, but what it comes down to is just guys beating blocks and tackling. That’s the way it is. Guys aren’t doing what their job requires of them.”
Senior Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson
On what the seniors can do to win one more game...