Tuesdays in Vanier - Treating Every Game the Same
K-State Sports Extra has highlighted a few moments and quotes from yesterday's press conference:
HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER
Coming off of a bye week, the team is rested and focused on its next opponent. Though there is added excitement surrounding this weekend's matchup, K-State head coach Bill Snyder looks at this weekend's game as he has every game in his 23 seasons with the Wildcats - the most important game on the schedule.
"You only get 12 maybe 13 opportunities to (play) out of 365 days, so you can't go through and pick and choose which is more important because they all count," explained Snyder. "Every single game counts. You can't demean the value of the game, the significance of the game or the importance of a game."
PLAYERS ECHO COACH SNYDER
Calm, cool, collected - that's how the Wildcat football players appeared to the media yesterday afternoon during their final press conference leading up to their matchup with No. 11 Oklahoma this weekend.
Despite the hype from fans or media leading into this weekend's Top-15 matchup, the K-State football team just hasn't bought into it.
"To us it's just another game. We usually don't try and focus on who we're playing," said fullback Glenn Gronkowski when asked if the excitement surrounding this weekend's matchup with Oklahoma plays any role in the team's preparation. "We try and focus on ourselves and if we go out there and do what we're capable of doing every single time, and not make mistakes and not turn the ball over, we know we're going to go out there and get the W."
Yesterday afternoon, the players' words reflected the mindset of their coach perfectly. Each player said, regardless of the opponent, this team prepares the same. While perhaps in previous seasons the Wildcats have gotten caught up in the magnitude of certain games, sophomore linebacker Will Davis said that is just not the case for this year's squad.
"I think we've been really good this year about treating every game and every opponent the same," explained Davis. "It doesn't matter if it's the No. 5 team, the No. 11 team or whomever it is, I think we've been really good about treating every game this season with a business-like mentality. This is a business trip. We're going to go in, we're going to try and take care of business and then we're going to get out."
And coming off of a 45-13 win over Texas Tech last weekend, K-State is in the business to win regardless of who is next up on its schedule.
"You have to treat it like every game," said senior quarterback Jake Waters, his words an echo of his fellow teammates.
But why does the team treat every game the same? One might ask.
"Because you can't put too much emphasis on it or you'll go out and play out of character," the quarterback added. "We can't win the game on one play, but a couple of mistakes here and there could definitely lose it for us. We have to be able to go in and focus and not make the game too big, but at the same time, it is definitely a big game; there's no way to get around that."
As we've seen, regardless of the player - offense, defense or special teams - the mindset is the same. Ne exceptions. Even when traveling on the road to one of the most hostile environments in the Big 12.
"We take the season one game at a time, and this is the next game on the schedule," concluded senior linebacker Jonathan Truman. "Obviously there is going to be a little more hype going into this game from a media standpoint, but we just have to focus on what we can control and our preparation leading up to the game."
REFLECTING ON DAVID GARRETT
Though Snyder spent a majority of his press conference focusing on the upcoming matchup between his team and the talented Oklahoma Sooners, he concluded it reflecting on the life of his former player, David Garrett.
Garrett, a three-year starting cornerback for the Wildcats from 2008-10, was killed in Cleveland, Ohio, in the early hours of Saturday, October 11.
On Garrett's passing Snyder said:
"Well David was a good young guy, our players were hurt by it and because those that were here they remember David. He was an enjoyable guy for our players to be around, here was a guy that played the game with passion; they had a great appreciation for that as I did. He was a little guy, but he played hard. He was a big time hitter for being as small as he was; he just had a passion for playing the game and for being a good guy. He was a good teammate to our players."
FOR MORE ON K-STATE FOOTBALL
This weekend's game is slated for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, and will be aired nationally on ESPN. As always, fans can check out http://www.kstatesports.com/gameday/ for everything they need to know about this weekend's matchup between K-State and Oklahoma.
The entire Bill Snyder portion of yesterday's press conference is online through K-StateHD.TV and can be viewed for free by clicking here.
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