K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On being equipped to defend Baylor...
"I think you hit the nail on the head, from that side of the ball, we need to defend against the long throws and the long plays. We did not do that very well last year They had a 93-yarder, a 72-yarder and a 53-yarder, something like that were in that category. Three very significant plays in the ballgame, and it was the difference in the ballgame because you do not get those back. We have got to do a better job of being able to eliminate the big plays. That is true in every single ballgame. We just have not been able to do it against them."

On facing Baylor in a new stadium...
"They are obviously very talented and a well-coached football team, it is a great challenge. We will be on the field about 20 minutes (Friday) to test the shoes, just very small things. On Saturday, we will be there about two hours before game time and our players will spend about 50 minutes of that on the field. The acclimation to the crowd and all that goes along with it is a Saturday event no matter where you go. Identifying where all the clocks are and the 40-second clock and the scoreboard and sidelines, shoes, all that will be on Friday. There are always some differences between teams every year. By and large, schematically they are very much the same. There are nuances this year that we did not see last year, but like everyone, they have a lot in their package."

On Baylor's defense last week...
"I am sure they will work diligently to get it corrected. Texas Tech just got some big plays on them."

On the Big 12 standings...
"Well, I mean, that is not something I think about. Certainly our players do and that is certainly viable. I don't address it that way. I am the same old, same old, one day at a time. I do not make those kinds of projections. Other than the fact that we are capable of anything, I do not place any limitations on our football team today and certainly did not however many months ago when we got started."

On Baylor's head coach and team turnaround...
"I believe Art (Briles) approached it the right way. He tried to build incrementally. I think they had a plan in place and they stuck with it. Art didn't try to be somebody else, he just tried to be Art Briles and that is always significant. I think just given the opportunity and time is a viable thing. The recruiting aspect in Texas is also very viable for them, being right in the center of the state, so to speak."

On Baylor's offense...
"It is difficult because it is a balanced offense, the way I view it anyway. They are going to spread you out and if you want to defend all those detached receivers, then you are probably not going to do it very well two-on-two or three-on-three, so you are going to have to borrow some people and that gives them license for the running game. They do not have a plethora of run offense, but they have enough that attacks the defense. They can do it quickly. They are still going to throw it frequently. They have a strong commitment to maintaining the balance, like anyone else. I think they take what you give them and that is the nature of that offense as well. Even if you totally attempt to take away the passing game, they will run it, but they are still going to throw it a little to keep that balance."

On the pressure on the safeties...
"There are probably not many offenses right now that do that - people that detach. There are probably not enough receivers. If you have enough receivers detached or players, whatever position they may be from, then it puts a variety of different people in either/or situations. You have to be in-depth with the use of your eyes. Whether it is run or whether it is pass, there are a variety of different keys that you look for too. It is not always just the ball."

On the Big Eight Room in the current Vanier Football Complex...
"The start was in the Big Eight and that is when Kansas State had the initiation of a major college program, and I always felt honored to be a part of it. I always cast that recollection and that memory for anybody and everybody, not for just me. There is so much that takes place in here, a lounge area for our players, the weekly press conference. We have a lot of functions here. We have recruits here. It has housed virtually anybody and everybody who has been a part of our program at one time. It has substantial memories as a building."

Quarterback Jake Waters
On the game plan against the blitz...
"We just have to be prepared for it, be ready for it, study, and recognize it as soon as possible. We have to be on our toes and expect it and go from there."

On his reaction to Baylor giving up 46 points...
"Texas Tech is a really good offensive team. We watched the film and Texas Tech was making play after play after play. They have a good defense. They have shown that they have a bunch of athletes, a great coach. Their defensive coordinator is great. Their front four and linebackers are good too. We are expecting them to play a lot better than they did in the past."

On where a Big 12 Championship would rank...
"It would be the highest. It would be the best thing that I have done. When I came here, that is what I wanted to do. I wanted to win a championship and we have that opportunity."

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On facing Baylor Saturday...
"We are excited to prepare for this week, and we have already started on preparation. We are very focused on our game plan and what we need to do. It is a big challenge and we are excited for it."

On preparation for a well balanced team...
"A lot of teams in this league are very balanced, and Baylor is one of the best at it. They can do what they want by running it on the ground or throwing it in the air. They do both very well. We just have to do well in our preparation throughout this whole week and execute on Saturday."

On being just another week...
"We have faced a lot of high-powered offenses. I think Baylor is tops in the country for sure with what they do on offense and how they execute. It is going to be a big challenge and I am very excited for it."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On the game on Saturday...
"Baylor is a great team and one of best offensive teams in the nation. It is going to be a challenge; we have had a lot of changes this year. I am excited to go up against this team. It is going to be a fun game with a great atmosphere. Waco is a great stage to play on. Both teams are playing for the win. It is going to be a great game."

On Baylor's offense...
"Just across the board their receiving core as a whole is extremely explosive and can make things happen. I think they have a great quarterback. He (Bryce Petty) is experienced and can throw the ball well and just by looking at their receiving corps, they have a lot of weapons across the board."

On importance of generating a pass rush...
"I think a pass rush has to do with the coverage, defensive line and the front as a whole. We have to cover so they can get to the quarterback, and if they get to the quarterback they help us cover. They go hand and hand to help each other so we can be successful in that area."

Offensive Lineman Luke Hayes
On Baylor's defensive line...
"They are very big and strong. They all look like powerful, explosive players. So we are going to have to bring our A game."

On his reaction to Baylor giving up 46 points...
"Everyone can have an off day every once in a while. Maybe that was just one of their off days, but I expect them to play a lot better than that."

On getting the running game going against KU...
"We have been looking to get our running game going, and getting it finally going again gives us a little chip on our shoulder going into this game."

Linebacker Will Davis
On Baylor's offense compared to other offenses in the Big 12...
"They are similar in a lot of ways, but the biggest difference is that they are probably the fastest out of everyone. They have the statistics and they are probably one of the top offenses in the country, but they are talented all around the ball. Like most of the offenses in the Big 12, they are explosive, so it is going to be a challenge."

On defending Baylor's offense...
"It is hard for your defensive linemen when they get the ball out so quick. We just have to try to get our hands up and bat some balls down, and our defensive line has been good at that over the course of the season. When it comes to the back end with the quick passes, it is kind of hard to cover the short routes sometimes, but you just have to adjust and find their rhythm."

On giving up the big plays to Baylor...
"I think it is just busted coverages. It is kind of hard to look back one film and remember the entire situation, so maybe tempo had something to do with it. They have gone fast for a number of years now and they have only gotten faster. I think that is the biggest challenge that we look at as a defense. If we can handle the tempo, we will be alright. It is no easy task with how fast they go, but we are going to try to be up for the challenge on Saturday."

Place Kicker Matthew McCrane
On finishing up the year as the starter...
"It is all pretty crazy. I am just trying to take it all in and enjoy the moment as much as I can. Hopefully I am making field goals like I am, but I know I am not going to be perfect. Like I said, I am just trying to do the best that I can, especially with the big game coming up this weekend."

On passing Martin Gramatica's record...
"To even have my name mentioned with Martin, that is a big deal for me. Like I said, I have to just keep doing what I am doing. I think it is funny. I did not even play in the first few games. I am not too happy that I am kicking this many field goals because I do not think that is good for us as a team. We need to put it in especially when we are in the red zone. We have had a lot of short field goals and that is not good for us as a team. Like I said, I am grateful to have my name mentioned with him."

On trailing only Darren Sproles for the most points as a freshman or sophomore...
"Yeah, I saw that on the internet. I am just trying to take it all in and enjoy the moment. I have to stay focused because we have a big game coming up this weekend, then ultimately the bowl game. As long as I keep making field goals, it makes me really happy."