K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Tysyn Hartman

Nov. 22, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On watching the Colorado game on film…
“You see things that you obviously do not see during the course of the ballgame but it was pretty close to what I thought it was. There were some little things that you see that you might not have seen otherwise. But by-in-large, it was pretty close to how we saw it. The bottom line is that we gave up a lot of big plays. We got penalized and that hurt us dramatically. I think the element of self-discipline created some problems for us defensively. Part of that is due to immaturity or youth and it is not a discipline thing as you and I would relate to, it is a self-discipline about keeping your eyes where they are supposed to be or reacting to your keys, etc. and I think that we had some difficulty with that during the course of the ballgame. We are just going through a pattern of growth and we are struggling with it, quite obviously.”

On the struggles of the defense…
“I think we have not been able to mature enough to develop the consistent self-discipline, focus or concentration that is necessary to play snap after snap after snap and seeing what you are supposed to see and being where you are supposed to be and doing what you suppose to do for 70 snaps of the ballgame. That is where we get into a little bit of a pickle. It is just like the opening of the Colorado ballgame; we do a nice job on the kickoff, our defense comes out and knocks them dead, then we returned the punt and then got it in the end zone. Our defense played well with a good segment of the time but we had some trouble on third down, we gave up a substantial number of third-down conversions. It is just not being able to do it consistently over a period of time and that takes great self-discipline and it is hard to learn that. That is part of the process and part of the difficulty that we are going through right now.”

On defensive back David Garrett
“I appreciate David in so many ways; he plays well, he is an aggressive player and as of late, he has stepped up. He is basically a quiet young person and he has stepped up and tried to promote some emotion and sprit and he has tried to give some leadership, not just to our defense but to our entire team and I appreciate that because that is not his nature but he is putting himself out there and making that kind of sacrifice for his teammates. I really appreciate that.”

On the team’s Thanksgiving Day schedule…
“Most of our work during the course of the week will start earlier in the day and provide the players a little bit more resting time than what they might have now that school is out but they will still be involved in some academic things such as study table. On Thursday we will practice early and have a Thanksgiving meal and then they will be off until we reconvene. Obviously, there are a number of them that cannot get home but there are quite a few that can get home so we will give them that chance on Thursday.”

On what he is thankful for this year…
“I am just thankful to be here. When you become whatever age I am, you become thankful everyday. I am grateful to have the opportunity to try to help young people. First and foremost in my mind is the wonderful family that I have. I have been blessed with wonderful people to surround myself with; a great wife, great children and great grandchildren and a great-grandchild as well. I have really been fortunate to have the quality of people in my family that I do.”

Quarterback Carson Coffman
On the North Texas game…
“Obviously we need to win this game to guarantee ourselves our spot in a bowl game. We really want to do that. We don’t have school this week so I expect the players to be up here watching extra film and really preparing hard for this week.”

On if he had started the Colorado game…
“Who really knows what would have happened. We were throwing a lot more since we were down. That’s a little bit of the case why I put up those numbers. It’s frustrating when I did get back in there that we had opportunities to score and we didn’t. I felt like it was on our shoulders as an offense that we could have definitely won the game or tied it there at the end. We just didn’t get it done.”

On the two-quarterback system…
“It’s what the coaches are asking of us. Both of us have to be prepared to play. I felt like I prepared myself well during the week. I felt like I practiced well, and when they called on me, I felt like I could get in there and move the ball a little bit.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On the Colorado game…
“We just didn’t execute. I think a couple times we had big plays that were called that would have gotten first downs and kept drives going and just didn’t execute them. We turned the ball over once as an offense, which was at a killer time when we were moving the ball. We just can’t make those mistakes as an offense. We expect to score. Again, give credit to CU. They are a good team and we knew it going in. We knew it was going to take a good effort and good execution to come out of there with a win and we just weren’t able to do it.”

On the North Texas game…
“More than anything, we just have to finish strong. These last two games have been a skid that none of us wanted to take. We have to stop the bleeding, get back on track and finish the season strong, not only for the bowl game, but for even next year. We need to keep getting better like Coach Snyder says all the time and making sure we keep making that continued improvement.”

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On the Colorado game…
“They didn’t do anything that we didn’t prepare for. They actually did less than some of the things that we prepared for. We just didn’t execute. That’s the bottom line.”

On David Garrett…
“The stats don’t lie. He’s a playmaker. He gets to the point of attack and wins most of the time. He’s a leader for us and a hard worker.”

On Ty Zimmerman…
“He’s just given us consistency. Obviously that’s something we struggle with. He’s a guy that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and makes the most of the plays that come his way.”

Linebacker Tre Walker
On playing as a true freshman…
“At times it can be difficult because the size and strength is not there, but I just keep trying to play ball – to know by keys and know my fits. That attitude has helped me along the way.”

On his playing time as a freshman…
“The coaches told me if I played hard I would get a chance. So when I got that chance, I did the best with it that I could do. It was kind of spur of the moment. I got in a little bit in the Iowa State game. After that I just kept trying to get my feet wet and Coach Cosh was talking to me about getting better prepared to start getting in there more. After (Alex) Hrebec when down, it just made it clear that I had to step in and do what I had to do.”