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K-State Player Quotes


K-State Athletics Aug. 6, 2014

Quarterback Jake Waters
On being a senior...
"I wouldn't want to finish out my season with any other group than these guys. They are a bunch of great teammates and great coaches. We are really excited to get this season going and we are hoping for a special one. I try and focus on the practice at hand or the play at hand, but I find myself thinking about this being my last year and what a crazy ride I have been through, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's made me the player that I am."

On being more comfortable with a season under his belt...
"I'm still learning every day, but the addition of Collin Klein and his knowledge of the offense has helped me tremendously. I'm definitely comfortable. I know where I like to get the ball. I know certain coverages and certain concepts and pass schemes that we like. It's all about preparing well for the season and executing the plays that present themselves. We have a bunch of guys returning and we have been through the battles and the ups and downs of last season. We know what to do and what not to do."

On last season's ups and downs...
"It was a rollercoaster season like I've never had before in my life. Usually, I've always been on a winning team almost coasting through the year, but last year definitely tested me personally and mentally. But just to have the drive to keep fighting and with Coach Snyder saying, `Just win one day at a time, one day at a time,' I really applied that to myself last year knowing that we started off slow and I kind of had a rocky start, but things worked themselves out."

On being captain...
"Being elected a captain is a great honor, but you have to earn that and show your teammates day-in and day-out why they chose you to be a captain. In bad times or good times, you have to be a positive leader and show players how to do things. The main thing for me is that this year I have to take a more proactive approach toward things, and when things aren't going well I need to step up and say something. I've always been the type of guy to lead by example, but I can be vocal and voice my opinion when need be, I've been doing that in these first couple of practices and the guys are rallying around me and the offense looks good so far."

On the offense...
"We want to get the run game going, so we are going to have a lot of the same type of offense that we had last year and see how the season progresses. We might have to tweak our game plan here and there but only time will tell how we start and how the teams play defensively. It shows us that if we go out and prepare well and execute the game plan and we can get a performance like that and gives us confidence that we can go play with anyone no matter who they are or what record they have. Physically, I feel great throwing the ball and running the ball but it's great that I have a knowledge of the offense, too. I could throw any route last year, but it didn't really mean much if I didn't know a certain route, so a knowledge of the offense helps me get to my reads faster and helps me get to my plays faster. "

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On Jake Waters...
"Jake feels more comfortable to go out there and we understand what he can do and what he can accomplish. The coaches really trust him to be able to go out there and do his part. I think it is really helping us out each and every day and we've already seen it in camp."

On younger teammates stepping up...
"I think it says a lot because you have a lot of players stepping up and I think that really takes a lot of pressure off of me and Curry (Sexton) as well. Say they are going to double team someone else, we will have Deante (Burton) step up or Kody Cook step up. We sit in the film room and listen to Coach Coleman, he will put us in the best position. It's hard out here at practice, but he wants us to make it to where it will be easier on the field."

On breaking records...
"It would be a big accomplishment, especially if I break it. My dad always says if anyone would break it he would want his son to break it and I say the same thing that I want my brothers to break it or my future children. It's a great opportunity. Who knows if I get it or I don't get it. If it happens, I'll be there to celebrate it and if it happens I'll be able to look at it as one of my biggest accomplishments because who would have known that I would be able to break one of my dad's records. It will be a big accomplishment, but at the end of the day, that isn't what I'm focused on."

On Auburn...
"Everybody on the team is looking forward to that game but there are times when people could have been looking forward to the Texas game last year and we ended up getting beat by a great North Dakota State team. Teams are going to play to compete. They aren't just going to lay down and let you win. We understand everything we have here and we understand that we have a great opportunity when we play Auburn, but we can't forget about the other two games. That's one thing we are focusing on for camp is getting ready for the first game (Stephen F. Austin) and when Iowa State comes, we are getting ready for them, and when Auburn comes, we are getting ready for them, especially with a bye week. The biggest thing, like Coach Snyder says, `Take it one day at a time."

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On Jake Waters...
"With the whole quarterback battle, I think his confidence started to get a little shaken, but as he went on he started to improve and the games started to slow down for him and his confidence just skyrocketed and you could see that with his play."

On relationships with Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett...
"[Waters] and I live together and Lockett spends a lot of time with us. We are always bouncing things off of each other and when you are close to someone and you don't like something that they do, you can go up to them and tell them. We will go home on a week night, after practice and film study and we'll watch more film together on [Waters'] iPad or on our TV and that way we can look at things together and get on the same page. I think that definitely helped last year and that will help this year as well."

On being seniors with Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett returning...
"There should be a lot of improvements made, with the offense as a whole having a year of experience together, it only helped. Being able to work through the offseason, the winter program, the spring, the summer, all of those things is just going to help us really build off of last season."

Running Back DeMarcus Robinson
On being the only senior running back...
"It puts the responsibility on me to show the younger guys what the coaches expect and to show them the ropes, especially during camp."

On there not being a clear-cut starter at running back...
"It definitely pushes me harder to show I deserve it, but that's every season. Everyone wants to come in and think it's an open job, but Coach just says you have to come in and earn your spot every day at practice. We're all competing for the starting spot right now, and it is competitive, but we are all here to help each other out, and we all bring something different to the table."

On being here five years and seeing limited playing time...
"It's nothing I can be mad about. The guys who were getting the snaps - Daniel Thomas and John Hubert - did a great job back there and we were winning. So it would be selfish of me to be angry at the situation. I've just stayed patient and positive."

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On being a three-year captain and the responsibility it puts on him...
"Just getting guys to work harder on and off the field, whether that's getting the playbook down or getting better grades. We want everyone to really know we're a family and here for one another no matter what the situation."

On the offensive line having a chip on their shoulder as a whole...
"I wouldn't say it's a chip on our shoulder, I'd say it's more of our blue-collar work ethic that coach instills in all of us. What we lack in talent we make up for through hard work."

Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On being a defensive leader...
"Coach (Blake) Seiler has definitely put high expectations on me to be the absolute best leader, player and person I possibly can be. I am responsible for those actions, but I have a coach like him to hold me to those expectations and those high standards to be the best player I can possibly be."

On improving from last season...
"Coach Snyder is constantly stressing that we need to get off to a good start. We did not get off to a good start last season. That is the mindset this year that we need to get off to a good start because when you get off to a good start, we have great success whether that is in games or out here on the practice field."

On ending last season with a win...
"Yeah, it is definitely easier to talk about wins verses losses. The Michigan game gave us a great springboard to offseason conditioning and realizing the potential with this team. The sky is the limit. Taking that mindset into summer workouts of, `We ended the season on a great note, how are we going to start the next season? Are we going to start it the way we finished it, or are we going to start it the way we started it.' North Dakota State is a great reminder of that and just trying to climb the ladder of success in this team."

Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On his responsibility this season...
"I would say I have the same responsibility making calls and stuff that safeties do. I do say I have to be more vocal on the team since I want to be one of the leaders on the team."

On being put into a starting role...
"I have learned a lot. I would say with those two games that year (2012) helped me a lot for last season. I already knew what to expect going into the summer. I knew how to practice, how to adjust to the game. When the games came, I already knew what to expect."

On the bowl game...
"I would say it felt great. We went into the bowl season saying that we needed to get a bowl win and let's finish off the season right. It has been a long time since we were able to finish off the season with a win. That was our whole motto of the bowl season. I am just glad we got that victory."

Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore
On his role on the team...
"Just to be a playmaker and to just play wherever they put me. Just to continue to make plays."

On his improvement over the season...
"I would say I need to improve on reading my keys more and getting the line right."

On the team's improvement...
"I think we are improving well. All summer we have been improving. I think if we just continue to do what we need to do and what we are doing now, we will be good."

Place Kicker Jack Cantele
On being on the Lou Groza Award watch list...
"I was surprised myself when I found out I was on that list. I am very honored to be considered in that category and makes me want to work hard and help out this team as much as I can."

On being a First Team Academic All-Big 12 selection and how he balances time between school and football...
"Being an engineering major and a football player can definitely be difficult at times, but I just plan ahead accordingly and try to be organized as possible. Organization and discipline are the biggest things it takes to be successful in both."

On making the game-winning kick against TCU last season and the confidence boost it gave him...
"I go into every kick thinking I can make it, but the TCU game was a special moment for me. Unfortunately after that I was battling an injury for the rest of the year, but I am excited to be back out there this year and help the team win."