K-State Holds Pre-Bowl Press Conference

Tysyn Hartman

Dec. 15, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On what the team has been doing…
“We are in finals week right now. Our first practice of the week was yesterday and we will practice this afternoon. Then we will practice Friday evening and then Saturday.”

On what the team has been working to improve on…
“I feel like we have gotten their attention to a certain degree. It can be a struggle trying to prepare in advance. Initially, we put a great deal of focus, and we will get back to this, on the development of our young guys in the program. They have had a couple scrimmages and they will probably have a couple more before we leave.”

On how they have been preparing for the New York weather…
“We have been outside. Saturday we were outside and it was a minus-3 wind chill, and I think they handled it well. It took a little while to get their attention but they did fine.”

On what young guys are standing out…
“There are quite a few young guys that have done well. BJ Finney has been impressive throughout the course of the year. Nick Puetz is a young guy catching our attention. Jordan Allred, all these guys are offensive lineman. Zach Trujillo, who is a tight end, has gotten our attention. Arthur Brown and Tate Snyder at linebacker have done well. DeMarcus Robinson and Bryce Brown at running back have done well and are moving in a positive direction. I have probably left some guys out but we have a number of young guys doing well.”

On Ty Zimmerman and Tre Walker earning honors…
“I think to come in and play in your first go-around is a pretty special thing. I am very proud of them. I think they both have a very fine future in this program. I am pleased with the progress they made with their playing time. It is not our intent to play freshmen as much as they have played, but they have earned the right to be there and on the field. It is not just getting on the field but earning the right to stay on the field. I think it is a nice honor for them. The most important thing is that they continue to improve and understand the values going into their sophomore year.”

On his previous trip to New York City…
“I went initially because of the Football Foundation Hall of Fame. The Pinstripe Bowl and the Yankee organizations were all very gracious people. They had a press conference and we went out on the field. It was an impressive sight as a baseball stadium with the field already laid out. We talked to the other two teams that have previously played there and they were very comfortable with it. It will be different from a fan standpoint but they will not redesign the stadium for us. It will all work out. We are very gracious for the Pinstripe people and the Yankee organization.”

On Syracuse…
“I think they are a very fine football team and a storied program. They go back a long way if you think of some of the great players they have had in the past. They have a great coach in Doug Marrone. I am very impressed with him and I understand why he is a quality coach and good person as well. Statistically, the indication is that they are at the top of their conference defensively. If you watch the videotape you understand why they are at the top. They are a very sound defensive team and play an aggressive style. They are a stunt-oriented team a high percentage of the time, so they are in attack mode and at the same time they do not give up big plays. That is a tribute to their pass rush and their discipline and the coverage unit. They have fine special teams with a good place kicker. Their punter will miss the ball game because of surgery and I am not sure who will replace him. Offensively, they have a 1,000 yard rusher. They play an aggressive style of offense like their defense with a very physical offensive line. Their quarterback manages the ballgame well. They do not put themselves in harm’s way very often in regards to penalties, turnovers and loss of yard plays.”

Long Snapper Corey Adams
On playing in a bowl game as a senior…
“It means a lot. It means that our hard work is paying off. Throughout all of the practices and all of the summer and winter workouts, our goal for this year was to make it to a bowl game, and obviously we achieved our team goal. It just feels really good to meet our goal and come together as a team and go to this bowl game together.”

On practicing in cold weather…
“Growing up in Colorado, my dad would make me go out and snap in the cold, so it is not too bad, but some of these guys from Florida are not used to it. A lot of the guys are wearing a lot of layers but we know that the weather is going to be the same in New York, so it is better to get prepared now than to go up there and be in shock from it.”

On being in New York City…
“It is going to be sweet. I am really excited to be in a city of that magnitude. Playing in Yankee Stadium is going to be sweet because I am a baseball fan. It is going to be really cool to go there and experience the whole big-city atmosphere.”

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On New York City…
“The atmosphere is what is most enticing to me. I have never seen buildings that tall, except for maybe in Houston. Being in that type of environment and staying in the hotel with so many attractions so close is going to be nice.”

On the impact of the outcome of the bowl game…
“When you look at the past, it is hard not to see this as a success. This is my fourth year here but only my first bowl game I have ever been to. Just making it to a bowl game is not a enough by any means. We have not had a bowl win here since 2002 and we have not been to a bowl game since 2006, so winning is definitely something that we want to do.”

Linebacker Tre Walker
On making a bowl game…
“I feel like it is a huge odyssey. It has been a long time coming. So I think it is due to the work we put in. We put in so much work this summer and it is all coming to pass. We started out great, but we had a couple bumps and bruises, and then we finally just brought it back in together. I feel like with anybody’s life that is going to be the story – you are going to start out okay and then you might have some bumps and bruises. But it is all about how you finish and right now that is the big question – how are we going to finish? How are we going to have people thinking of us at the end of the season? I think that is the most important part about the time that we have now.”

On containing this year’s success in the coming years…
“It is just getting started. This is the first year and we want to finish it off with great success in the Pinstripe Bowl. This is the start of great things to come. There is no reason why we should not be going to bowl games in the next few years.”

Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On comparing the 2006 Texas Bowl to the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl…
“In 2006, we went down to the Texas Bowl and we were all kind of excited. We had a new coach and we were excited just to get to a bowl game. It was fun. We enjoyed going down there, but we enjoyed it a little too much. We got waxed on national TV and we got embarrassed. Syracuse is a good team. So the main focus right now is that we are working hard, because we are not trying to get embarrassed on TV again.”