Cats Hit Practice Field In Houston

HOUSTON, Texas After arriving safely in Houston Saturday and enjoying the Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts game Sunday afternoon, the Kansas State Wildcats hit the practice field tonight at the Methodist Training Center for their first Texas Bowl workout in American’s fourth largest city.

K-State practiced for about an hour and 30 minutes, and worked rapidly through special teams, offensive and defensive team drills before concentrating on position-specific fundamentals for the balance of the workout.

Overall, head coach Ron Prince said he was happy with the pace and intensity of the workout, but was even more pleased to have the Wildcats back in a bowl game.

“I think it’s very important for us to get into the postseason every year and especially this year,” Prince said. “I felt that if we could get into the postseason and get some extra practice time for this very young team it would give us an opportunity to continue to improve and we think that being in the postseason is a very positive thing for our organization.”

Prince also said that that one of the keys for the Wildcats in the Texas Bowl game vs. Rutgers will be the coaching staff’s ability to help a team without much postseason experience deal successfully with the postseason experience.

“We don’t have a lot of veteran players who have played in the postseason,” said Prince. “We do have players who had been to many of the stadiums in our conference, but we’ll need to continue doing a good job of education our players about going to another city and setting up shop for four or five days because it’s a very different experience than going on the road during the regular season.”

Kansas State will enjoy Christmas morning in the team hotel before returning to the practice fields at the Methodist Training Center on Monday afternoon.