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Wildcats Host Third Spring Football Press Conference


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Collin Klein

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Collin Klein
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April 24, 2012

K-State Spring Football Press Conference
April 24, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the format of the upcoming Spring Game…
“I honestly have not decided yet. We normally have done one offense and one defense on the same team. I am contemplating on doing it a little differently. It will not be decided until Thursday this week which way it will go.”

On spring practice…
“I used to like 20 days of spring practice - that was ideal. Fifteen, to me, seems to be a tad short. You want to take advantage of the spring game, and we have always tried to make it as productive as we possibly can. Certainly, it is something for the fans to be able to see, and I appreciate that and want to do it for that reason as well. I want us to gain as much as we can, and we have worked hard. Most of our springs has been ones against ones. I am contemplating, if that is in our best interest, to continue that progress. It does not mean that the other way does not make progress, but best against best makes it more productive.”

On improvement throughout the spring…
“You have probably heard me say it this way before, but wherever we started we started here and we might be there. How we got there was a little strange, but we have made some improvement. It has been inconsistent, and it has not been ongoing or day after day, which is really what my ultimate goal is.“

On an offensive/defensive balance…
“If you are an offensive coach and your offense does well you are excited and vice versa. For me, if one does well then I am upset because the other did not. I would say one side of the ball does not have its way with the other side. The offense gets plays every once and a while, and the defense makes plays every once in a while. It is balanced out.”

On last Saturday’s practice…
“Saturday was a full scrimmage day. You go through everything: situational work, we scrimmage all facets of our kicking game, long and short yardage, going in, moving the football, goal-line, two-minutes offense and defense, just everything that you do during a scrimmage.”

On progress thus far…
“It all centers around trying to get improvement made and what kind of progress we could make and what kind of depth we could develop along the defensive line and then collectively the depth of our defense. The development of our number two’s across the board; you really try to develop two starting units on each side of the ball. I think in all those cases, we have not gotten to where we need to be and want to be. I think we wanted to enhance our consistency in the kicking game, we have some returning specialists. We have been very productive but we have had some inconsistency to it as well, which was evident in the last ballgame of the year. We want to try to make some headway in that regard and I think we have made some progress. The rest of it is kind of depth issues on the offensive side of the ball. We have probably made more headway on that side of the ball, in terms of establishing some depth in what we are looking for. We are not there yet, but we are a little deeper than we were at the beginning of the spring.”

On any individuals who have caught his eye…
“I am liking what Blake Slaughter is doing, he has been a backup at outside linebacker for a number of years and he is really playing with a great deal of consistency, which I am pleased with. I think Robert Rose has really been practicing so hard and has been productive in what he is doing. Tay Bender is beginning to get it and consequently given his capabilities a better chance on the field because he is gaining more and more knowledge about what he is doing. I think Anthony Cantele is hitting the ball well right now. I like Tyler Lockett right now. He has really demonstrated a tremendous amount of toughness at the position that he plays; both physical and mental toughness. He has practiced extremely well. He had an excellent scrimmage, as did Chris Harper, on Saturday.”

Running Back Robert Rose
On the spring game…
“I am pretty anxious just to play the game. We have been grounded for the entire spring and you just want to let it all out. You guys will get a preview of what you get to see in the season.”

On the running back position…
“We are all great backs; we are all competitive. John is a great guy. Angelo is so versatile; he can throw the ball in the back field. He is just an all-around athlete. I am not as athletic as them as far as throwing the ball, but I feel like I can be as good a back, as far as running and catching.“

Fullback Glenn Gronkowski
On his first impression of college football…
“It is nice coming in and redshirting. You kind of get a taste of it during the summer. During the greyshirt season, I got to go home and train by myself and get ready. It was real nice. I think, regarding my position, coach has helped a lot.”

On what his expectations were for college…
“I kind of knew what to expect. Just talking to the players, they pretty much told me everything. Having my brothers help me with the transition to college was great as well.“

On having his brothers, all of whom are in the NFL, around for advice…
“It is nice. They are always there for me. They are my biggest fans. No matter what I do, they will be there and support me. It is just nice. If I need help, I can get it at any time.“

Quarterback Collin Klein
On being able to watch development from the quarterbacks behind him…
“It will be good to see. It will be a little more of a game-like environment that they have not played in before. It will be good for all of them and it is a chance to get better. We will see. They will have a chance to sit back and see how much progress they have made, what it is they need to improve upon and I will do the same thing. It will just be fun.”

On the competition for the number two quarterback spot…
“It is really competitive. It is that way on purpose; pushing them to the best they could possibly be. We will see what happens.“

On if he is excited to call his own plays on Saturday…
“It is great. It is just fun. I look forward to doing it, and hopefully I can do it more in a road game situation. Last year, during the end of the season, there was more flexibility to check things that we saw, or was in the game plan. It is a part of growing. What I am doing is feeling more comfortable with that, pulling the trigger and going after it right away. Working with the coaches is what has been helping me grow in  that role, and the trust and communication between us, through that, ‘hey, this is what I was seeing,’ ‘this is why I did what I did,” “this is why this was not good.” We will work through that. Hopefully the next time it comes along I do not make the same mistake twice, or the same good decision twice. It is just a working relationship with trust and communication, and educating myself that we are all on the same page and making great decisions.“