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K-State Football Media Day Quotes


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Aug. 3, 2012

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs/Tight Ends Dana Dimel
On Collin Klein this summer…
“He has been working on his fundamentals quite a bit. He spent a lot of his offseason on his fundamentals, and learning how to throw the ball efficiently with what he does. So that will help him.”

On Tyler Lockett coming off of his injury…
“Tyler is doing fantastic. He had a great spring, which a lot of people do not know because he had that slight injury right before the spring game. I think a lot of people thought that he missed a lot of the spring, but he had a super spring. He is just carrying it over now as we start up fall camp. He can do so many different things, so he is going to be a really special weapon for us.”

On Chris Harper reaching his goal of 1,000 yards…
“Well it depends on what we do. He is talented enough to do that. He has the skills to do that, it is just that with how each and every game goes, we do not know what direction that we will have to go offensively to win a game. If we are able to throw the ball as well as we might be able to, I can definitely see him doing that, but we have got to spread the wealth. Tyler is definitely the guy that we want to get the ball to as well. You got Chris, Tyler, and some other receivers too. Between those two, they are guys that you have to get enough touches to.”

On the difficulty teaching Chris Harper a different system from Oregon’s…
“We had to teach him how to be a full time receiver, and play full time. It has been a maturation process for him, and he has just gotten better, more reliable, more accountable, and just knowing the importance of being well rounded with everything he does. He has really become a very balanced receiver in what he does run game and pass game.”

On the pressure to play Braden Wilson…
“There is another guy that we want to get out there and put the ball in his hands too. You just sit back and look at some of the skilled players that we have on offense, and the things you are mentioning are what we want to get done. How do you get the ball to Tyler? How do you get the ball to Chris? How do you expand Collin’s passing game to get the ball to those guys’ hands? You still want to run Collin. You want to get Braden some touches as well.”

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Del Miller
On the role of the tight ends from last year to this year…
“Their role was huge last year.  Anytime you are able to start for a whole season and you end up 10-3, they had a pretty big role for us. Colin (Klein) and the tight ends had great chemistry last year and that’ll probably happen again this year.”

On Andre McDonald’s mobility…
“He’s a big guy who can run.  He gives you a nice target and can also do the things a tight end needs to do from a blocking standpoint as well.”

On the extra attention Andre McDonald may receive from opponents on the field…
“I think it’s pretty difficult to give him any more attention, from a receiver standpoint. The other receivers on the field—Chris Harper, Tyler Lockett, Tramaine Thompson and Curry Sexton can all run. No one can get too much attention.”

On Travis Tannahill’s leadership…
“Travis is a veteran and has been a good leader for us, no question about that.  He’s been in the weight room this year and got much stronger. Travis also has good size.  He’s in a situation where he has a great chemistry with Collin (Klein) and can run routes better.”

Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Tom Hayes
On the biggest difference making the move to defensive coordinator…
“I was only here a year, and so the biggest difference is I am responsible for a lot more organizational things as well as the oversight of the staff and players, but I have had several of these jobs so this is nothing new to me.”

On what he’s learned over the years…
“I’ve been at this for 40 plus years and you just have to hope that all of those experiences will guide you through the current position you’re in and they should. I’ve been at a lot of Division I institutions and a few NFL teams. I have had the chance to be around great coaches and great players and as a result I have learned a lot of football by being around them. I am looking forward to the challenge and I can’t wait to get going.”

On the biggest challenges with this defense…
“The biggest thing we are trying to do is build a good two-deep in your entire defensive team, and that takes time. It takes the offseason program during the summer and now most certainly in the next phase during the fall camp.”

On what he’s most concerned with now…
“We lost in my mind four or five seniors that we have to replace. Ray Kibble being one on the defensive line. He played awfully well for Kansas State last year on a consistent basis for 13 straight games. He’s a big loss, he’s 6-4, 300 lbs., and we got to find someone who can step in there for him and defend alongside (Vai) Lutui who also started last year. The next is we lost Emmanuel Lamur as a linebacker. Yes, we moved Justin Tuggle over from offense to linebacker and he’s got great skill and a great work ethic.  He’s going to be a really good player, but he’s got a lot to learn since he hasn’t been over there.”

Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Sean Snyder
On special teams…
“We put a lot of emphasis on it. Every year we spend a lot of time at practice and meeting time with it. We and the players take great pride on how they perform on it. Historically we have been pretty good special teams-wise and a lot of is based on the players. The pride they take in it, the emphasis that they put on it and the emphasis that the coaches put on it as well.”

On Anthony Cantele and Ryan Doerr…
“Those guys have just gotten better each year. They are both very gifted players. Each year they just get better and they pick up a little more. I expect an awful lot from them and I think that they will have great seasons. They work very hard in the summer and spring I think that they are looking forward to a great season as well.”