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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. UMass


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Sept. 14, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the improvement of the rushing game…
“I need to see the video. I would guess that we probably blocked a little bit better. You would probably have to do that to make your run game go. We probably had a little bit more balance in it. Jake (Waters) ran the ball for more yardage, but John (Hubert) and Robert (Rose) both ran the ball well. There was more balance in it, but at the end of the day, if the five guys up front are blocking then you will get some yardage in the run game. If not, then it doesn’t matter who has got it.”

On wanting to run the ball more than previous games…
“As I have said before, and it will never change, you want to go into it with a mindset that you want to be balanced. Defenses usually dictate the direction that you move, and that was true tonight. We had some opportunities after the first drive to have some success running the ball. Part of that came from that we completed some passes anyway. I do not know what we threw, 10 times or 12 times, I am not really sure, but it was not a lot. You go back and look at those numbers. They had 12 or more plays than we did, and almost an equal amount of possession time. We really did not control it like we liked to, and defensively we were the classic bend but do not break. We let them move the ball up and down the field and utilize a lot of snaps. Fortunately, we were good when we needed to be and got some snaps.”

On how the defense compared to the 1st quarter to the rest of the game…
“You really have to ask them. I approach it the same every day. I do not approach the first half any different than the second half. I take it one snap at a time. The approach was not any different in what we try to do defensively from the first half versus the second half.”

On the interception getting the team going…
“Anytime you can score on defense or special teams, it gives you the balance that you need to have with your program, and it is a great asset. No doubt about it. We just did not do a good enough job to equate to what we did in the kicking game. It is good to have interceptions for touchdowns. Anytime we get them, we will take them. It was a nice play on Kip’s (Daily) part being at the right spot at the right time.”

On stopping UMass’s offense…
“It boils down to playing better, and getting into the right things. We played our best defense when our number twos were on the field, and that was the last couple of drives and got them off the field. I cannot remember another three and out during the game. Our number twos got a three and out while their number ones were still on the field at the time to my knowledge. Our guys just played well and did things right. Take nothing away from our number ones because they gave up one drive and it was not a long one, about half the field, and that was it for the ballgame. I would like to get those stops early, and get those three and outs so you can create some field position for your offense. If you go back and look at it, and I have not seen the stats yet, most of the starts offensively were backed up quite a bit, 20 to 25 yard line sometimes inside that. It is a long ways to go.”

On the quarterback play…
“I think both of them played reasonably well. Daniel (Sams) did a nice job when he was in the ballgame. If you go back and look, I think the big play was when he threw for the touchdown which was a nice decision on his part and certainly a well thrown ball. Nobody thinks he can throw the ball, but obviously he knows how to do that. I thought Jake ran the ball fairly well as well, and it put some balance in his game. We did not collectively, over the course of the ballgame, throw the ball as well as we would like. It was probably 66, 67 percent, but hopefully we are a little bit better than that.”


K-State Player Quotes

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On the level of importance on the running game today…
“We were just going to do what we do. We did not really go out into the game thinking we were going to run the ball or pass it more. It was just what was working and it is like the old saying, if it is not broke, do not fix it. I feel like our offensive line did what they had to do today and we ran the ball effectively.”

On the quarterback system continuing to work…
“I like the way it is going right now. We both get more time in there. We get to find our confidence and just let the game come to us.”

On almost scoring on his 37-yard run…
“I made a move on the linebacker and me personally, deep down inside, I feel like I scored. It felt good; I ran out of gas and felt like I was losing my stride. I could not find a second gear, but we still punched it in, so we are still good.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On Coach Snyder operating the two-quarterback system…
“He has been pushing all of the right buttons so far with us. We are ready every play whether he is calling my number or Daniel’s number. Coach Snyder knows what it takes to win and we are all for it. I am cheering for Daniel when he is out there and he is cheering for me, so it is good and it is working so far.”

On what the team needs to improve upon…
“We have got to get better in every facet of the game. I have to get smarter with the football. We have got to keep improving and get ready to come back to work tomorrow.”

On the adjustments he has had to make…
“The defenses are just a lot better from top to bottom. You have got your pick of who you want to throw to in JuCo but here you cannot force stuff and you cannot make a play every single time. I am learning that I cannot force anything and sometimes you have to take a throwaway. For the most part, it is just the speed and the quality of the players.”

On the running game…
“The offensive line did a heck of a job driving UMass off of the ball. You have got to give a lot of credit to them and we have just got to keep rolling with it.”

Senior Running Back Robert Rose
On getting onto the field more often…
“I would like to get a lot more reps on the field, hopefully, and begin to capitalize on my opportunities.”

On being determined to run the football today and where that determination came from…
“Ever since North Dakota State, we did not do too good with the run so we kind of took that personal and kind of made it our business to be effective with our ground game because at K-State that is what we do, we run the ball.“

On getting his first-career touchdown …
“It was definitely exhilarating. Actually, after I scored I was kind of shaking and some of the guys were kind of laughing at me. It was just great to get over that hump and finally score so hopefully getting over that hump might get me more.”

Senior Defensive Back Kip Daily
On what he saw before and during his interception for a touchdown…
“UMass went to an empty set and it was great play calling by our coaches. I bluffed a little bit and I just broke on the ball when I saw it thrown.”

On his improvement as a player…
“I feel like it is going pretty good. I am just trying to get better every week. I really cannot speak on it too much because we are only three games into the season. I am just trying to get better right now.”

On the play of the secondary from week to week…
“We have had some ups and downs. We have made some good plays and we have made some mistakes but we are just trying to piece it all together right now.”

On returning to his home state for next week’s game…
“We are very ready to go. I will just leave it at that.”

Senior Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On the performance of the defense …
“I thought we did well. We had one letup with the one drive that they scored. We have got to do a better job in those situations. We have got some things to work on but I felt like we finished a lot better this week.”

On the impact of Kip Daily’s pick-six…
“We talk all of the time about non-offensive touchdowns and how much they sway a game and how they give us momentum. Kip (Daily) did a great job of jumping that route and taking the ball to the end zone. That gave us a lot of momentum.”

On the adjustments the defense made during the game…
“It was nothing too major, just a few gap fixes here and there. Our coaches do a great job of give us stuff to adjust to when we come off of the field. Overall, I think we did a good job.”

On the offenses’ success…
“It was huge. We always talk about how the best defense is the one that is not playing all of the time. Our offense did a great job of controlling the ball. John (Hubert) did a great job of running the ball and the offensive line manhandled their defensive line. It is huge for us (as a defense) but it is something that we can still improve on as we head into next week against Texas.”

Senior Linebacker Tre Walker
On getting off the field on third down …
“We made it a point of emphasis on Monday to get off the field on third down, you can do great on first and second downs, but you have to get off the field on third down. That is what killed us in the first game when we lost; we did not get off the field on third down. When you get off the field on third down, you give your offense the chance to get moving and you give your defense a chance to get a break.”

On improving from week to week…  
“I am never complacent. That is what Coach Snyder is trying to tell us; to never get complacent. We just need to keep getting better and push forward to the next mark.”

On the impact of Kip Daily’s pick-six…
“It brings enthusiasm and energy. When you make big plays, you get off of the field. We are striving for more. We practice that with the turnover circuits and just the drills that we do. Now it is coming true in the games and it is a great thing for us.”

Massachusetts Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Charley Molnar

Opening statement…
“Obviously the game did not turn out the way I wanted it to, and like I thought it could. That was definitely a very good football team that we just played, it is not a juggernaut, but it is really good. We knew we needed to play a perfect game in order to hang with these guys, but our team had a sense of confidence that we have not had in a while. I really thought, even at halftime that if we could get something going in that first drive that we could really make this a football game, and unfortunately that never happened.  That offense gave up a pick six early in the game. Defense started to bend a little bit in the first half, came back I thought in the second half worn down. You can notice even at the end of the gave the same guys were in there that started the game were in there. I thought both sides of the ball fought to the end. I have been to this show before and the wheels have come off, and today they were loose, but they never came off today and I think that is progress.”

On quarterback A.J. Doyle bouncing back after early pick six…
“He knew he was not totally at fault. We absolved him of the part that was not his and the part that was his, made the corrections, and he never flinched. “

On being on page with his receivers…
“He was on the money today. He does not always do that in practice, but today he was sharp. His decision-making was pretty good.  There was one or two that he definitely missed, and we will work on those things and make sure that we do not miss them again, but I felt very confident with him out there tonight.”

On team’s tackling…
“I think we are good tacklers. Some of it boils down to some one-on-one with a lot of air, and it is tough to make those plays. Why is there so much air? That is something that we are working on to make sure that it is more compressed and tackling in smaller spaces. Our team does wear down on defense. We do not have a lot of depth at the linebacker spots, we do not have a lot of depth in the secondary right now and it starts to show in the second half.”

On freshman linebacker Shane Huber…
“I thought Shane really stepped up, and not only did he take all of those turns on defense, he was also running around on special teams too. He had a lot of plays tonight. “

On K-State’s touchdown late in the first half…
“Obviously when we got the ball, here was our goal. We were not going to give them the ball back, because we knew that we needed to get into halftime and regroup. It took some air out of us, but yet even in the locker room the guys were still in a good place. Even running out onto the field, all the coaches on the phones were saying that we have never had this feeling at halftime when we were behind that we did today.”

Massachusetts Player Quotes

Sophomore Quarterback A.J. Doyle
On starting tonight versus Kansas State…
“Obviously I wanted it to go a lot better. Scoring seven points is not what I had in mind. We left a lot of points out there and that is all on me.”

On what went through his head on the pick six…
“Just getting up, getting back, and getting regrouped. You know just going down and answering. There was nothing else I could of done so I could not dwell on it. I just had to move on.”

On progression of a young UMass team…
“We just have to keep pounding away at the rock. One of these days that rock is going to explode. We are going to put up 35, 40, 45 points a game. It is going to be a scary thing to see.”

On his progression from his last start against Central Michigan…
“I still threw two interceptions, I threw three interceptions that game. Obviously I cannot do that, I cannot turn the ball over especially when we need points. There is still a lot I can improve on.”

Wide Receiver Tajae Sharpe
On the offense’s performance…
“The whole team came out very good. We just had a little bit of trouble picking it up in the second quarter. We just have to work on finishing but I really like how the offense came out.”

On building off of last year…
“I think I stepped up for my teammates when my number was called so that is what I tried to do today. The quarterback puts his trust into me when throwing the ball. I try to make a play for him.”

On the connection level with quarterback A.J. Doyle…
“It is very strong. We both came in together and are both sophomores. We built a connection last year as freshmen through the whole summer camp and going into this year. Even though I have been taking a lot of reps with Mike Wegzyn, the connection is still very strong.”

On the senior class…
“There are six of them. They are really a dynamic and diverse group. We actually had a senior meeting today and talked about what their roles are, what they wanted from their senior year, what are their expectations and how can we help them manage those expectations. One of the conversations we had today was the difference between a 22 year-old senior and an 18 year-old freshman and how they can help our freshmen come along in that capacity. They are different people. They are not the same and they understand the expectations just like an upperclassman would, which is good and bad. Their ability to manage those expectations, they want to have a good time and enjoy their last season, but they want to win a lot of games and finding the balance between those two things will be essential for them.”

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