K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On his thoughts on this year's senior class...
"Well I have not reflected on how I would assess the entire class. I think they are good young people. They are young guys who are committed to what we are about, to the program and in Kansas State. They take pride in being here. They are young guys who work extremely hard, and they are very well into sacrifice. They are guys that possess those kinds of values that are significant to our program."

On not taking the Sunflower Showdown for granted...
"I would like to think that they respond to the consistency week in and week out whether it is the University of Kansas or any other team. You have heard me say so many times and you have seen it happen week in and week out, you can beat anybody on any given day if they prepare as well as they can and play well. That has always been our approach no matter who the opponent is. We just prepare the best that we can and play with great enthusiasm, effort and execution. Then you have excellent opportunities to succeed. If you do not, then you run a great risk for someone else doing so and that will put you behind the eight ball."

On visioning Tyler Lockett's accomplishments when he first came in...
"Well I did not make that kind of an assessment. I have not for anybody. It is the same old stuff that you predict. You want the very best out of them. You place no limitations on what their capacity is to be successful. It is not a surprise or a stretch of imagination at all. I did not project that, like I do for everyone else."

On KU interim head coach Clint Bowen rejuvenating players...
"Well I mean they talk to that affect, and I would trust anything that they say. The players seem to be responsive to the staff as it is now Clint. I have seen a great deal of progress, and I have also seen them talk about being resilient after the Oklahoma loss. If you go back to when they beat Iowa State and they came off from a major loss against Baylor and came out and played so well against Iowa State. I would say what you are saying is pretty accurate."

On confidence in running game after watching Kansas' last game...
"I think you develop confidence in practice and executing well in practice. I think effort goes a long way with it. I think what the Oklahoma situation could do in many cases could provide over confidence to a player or a group of players and that would put us in jeopardy, I could assure you. That is something that I would hope our players would not fall into that trap."

On frustration of play against West Virginia...
"I think that we were ineffective with it for the most part. We made a lot of mistakes and had execution problems. We did not get the right things on the field at times. As I said after the ballgame, West Virginia had a lot to do with that. They defended us well. As I have said so many times, you can take away the pass or the run, normally when you take something away, you usually give something up, and that allowed us to have some big plays in the ballgame which worked instrumentally in the outcome."

Quarterback Jake Waters
On the relationship he has with Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton...
"It is a special brotherhood. We hang out all the time. We talk about everything on and off the field. I think that helps us on the field knowing each other so well."

On how he feels to play alongside with them...
"It is awesome having the two best players being some of your closest friends on the team. Being able to go to work with them every day and also enjoy some free time outside of football is a very special balance that we have."

On the odds to play with two talented wide receivers...
"They are just having a great year, and that just makes me look a lot better and it helps me out so much knowing that I have two guys that will always be in the right place at the right time, not make those mistakes, and work as hard as they do. It definitely helps me and elevates my game too. I am just lucky that they are out there for me."

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On what the Sunflower Showdown means to him...
"It means a lot. Being here at Kansas State, you are able to grow up during the four or five years that you are here and you see exactly what it means to people that live here in this state. It is like a second bowl game. You hear players talk about it. Nobody looks down at this game. Everybody knows what is at stake. Just being here I am starting to understand and it is starting to mean a lot to me just as it means a lot to them."

On not overlooking KU...
"You have to look at every game like it is a championship game regardless of what their record is or what our record is. We know that this is a rivalry. It is like Duke, North Carolina. In this game, it does not matter what your record is or what your offense or defense is like before this game because everything changes. It is just one of those deals in which it is hard to scout because you are going to get something different than what you saw on film."

On his last home game...
"You just want to go out with a bang. You want to have fun and enjoy the moment. We have a couple of days before senior night, but just being able to experience everything that you can experience at a college level. You want to go out with a win, and send the seniors out right. We are playing a great KU team that will be ready to play us. We just have to go back to the little things that we know best and go out and win."

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On the emotions of the KU game...
"I am excited. I do not think that I am really taking it any different than any other week. Obviously it is a rivalry and it is a fun game. I am looking forward to it, but I do not have any added emotions behind it. I am just as excited for this as any other game."

On what the football complex means to him...
"It is like home away from home. I spend probably more time here than I do at my apartment or going back to my home town. It is a piece of me. For the last four and a half years, this is where I have been for the majority of my time. It has been good to me, and it has been a big influence on me, this building and everything that comes with it."

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On what the Vanier Football Complex has meant to him over his time here...
"It has really been a home. I cannot say home away from home, because I am never home. It really has been my home for the last five years. I am not going to have any ties to the new complex, so I am going to miss this old complex. This is what has been since I have been here."

On his thoughts of stepping onto the field one last time...
"I am trying not to focus on it. I will just deal with it when the time comes. There is a lot of preparation and stuff that we are trying to get into. We cannot have guys getting emotional and thinking, not putting everything that they have into the preparation."

On a solution to the running game...
"I know, up front, we have to be better finishing our blocks and staying on blocks longer to just create more holes. I think all the way around, there are things that we need to fix."

On the KU game meaning more to him than a regular game...
"Absolutely. It is bragging rights for the state. We take great pride in the game, especially being in-state guys. We do not want to lose to the rival program. Like I said, we have a lot of preparation and stuff to get done before Saturday."

Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the defensive line's performance this year...
"I think, collectively, the defense is just overall better. We have smarter players back on defense. By smarter, I mean much improved with guys that have been out there from last year. I believe their experience from last year has carried over really well to this year, thus making us a more collective, sound unit. When you have that, you are going to have guys that play faster because they are more aware of what to do out there to help them play faster."

On his thoughts with senior day approaching...
"It certainly goes by fast, but it has been a long time at the same time. I have really enjoyed my time and my experience playing football at Kansas State University. When I think of senior day, I always think about Chris Harper, and how he would say, `Senior Day is just another football game for me, it is not my last game.' I kind of want to take that same approach. I do not want to picture this as my last football game to potentially play in. I want to play football as long as I possibly can, so I am going to have to take the Chris Harper approach on this that it is not our last game, nothing to get emotional about, treat it as any other game and go out and win."

On what the rivalry means to the team and the fans...
"It is a huge rivalry, especially with me being from Kansas. We have a ton of Kansas kids on the team. We know the meaning of the game. We know how important it is that we come away with a victory and prove what we are capable of doing."

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On his thoughts of senior day approaching...
"I have not really thought of it. I am not necessarily that emotional type of person. I will probably get goose bumps or something like that. It will be special."

On keeping the streak of not losing to Kansas since he has been at K-State...
"Every game is very important to us. Just coming in here for senior night and getting a win is obviously going to have a huge payoff for our season. We are just preparing this week so that we can perform on Saturday."

On the Governor's Cup in the locker room acting as motivation...
"It is sitting there in the middle of our locker room. Everybody passes by it every day looking at it. That is something we want to keep at our facilities."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On his thoughts of the trap game theory...
"I think over the whole season, we have had like three games where people say it is a trap game. As a team, I do not think we focus on that too much. We just have to take it one game at time, one practice at a time and one day at time. We know KU has played a lot of good teams really close that may not have come out the way they wanted it to, but they are going to be a tough team to play. They are going be hungry to win this game. They understand that they are a better team than a lot of people think they are."

On seeing how much KU players care about the game...
"They do not give up. Even against OU, there was a point where OU was up and they were still playing hard and they scored. You still saw a lot of emotion and passion on their team. I think it is something they have, and they will not lack going into Saturday."

On KU being a game that means something to the team...
"It does. I am not a senior, but our team is going to be thinking a lot about our seniors with how much they mean to us, how it is their last home game and how we do not want to go out with a sore thumb. I am excited for the game. It is going to be fun."

Defensive Lineman Valentino Coleman
On Travis Britz's impact this year...

"He is a player that you cannot replace. We are all trying to step up. We all have the capability of doing that. We have to do everything we can to help this defense win."

On the biggest aspect of the defensive line...
"Controlling the line of scrimmage is the whole thing about our defense. So if we control the line of scrimmage, handle the run game and make sure that nothing goes up the middle for a big gain, then our line did our job. It is not necessarily about sacks, but if we put pressure on the quarterback then it helps us get tipped balls and interceptions."