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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Sep 3, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On how he believes his players responded to the loss...
"Well, it is certainly not a unique thing. I think just human response to those kinds of disappointments are probably pretty much the same, and I hope indeed that is so for our players. For the most part, it probably is. Everybody is hurt to begin with, whether it is disappointment or embarrassment or just emotional pain from it. I think at some point in time that turns into anger, and they get angry about the situation and what took place. And then maybe the next emotion is probably determination to rectify whatever the mistakes happened to be and to rectify the situation. Everybody that cares goes through that, and I think most of our guys care."

On if he has seen what he has wanted from the team since the loss...
"I think yes, to a certain degree. I have seen all of those emotions. Based on our practice last night, I thought in some segments of our game, we probably practiced better than any time since we started on August 2 and that is a positive thing. Really, it was that determination aspect of it that seemed to be on the field yesterday, so I appreciate that from our young guys."

On if he believes the wake-up call has been served...
"Well, I think it was. I truly do, and I have had players say that to me, which goes back to what I probably said after the ball game - that is my fault if I couldn't have them prepared to understand that this is not a team to take lightly. It is hard to believe they would take as good of a football team as North Dakota State was for granted, and I do not think they have, but to elude to it being a wakeup call, that sends a little bit of a message too."

On the team's poor rushing performance against North Dakota State...
"It was a combination of things. Number one, we did not perform as we were capable of up front and I think all of our young guys are embarrassed and are going through the phases I talked about. I think our offensive line had the best practice that I know anybody has had since we started. I think they have taken some ownership in their own responsibilities and I appreciate them and Coach Dickey because of it. You get into some situations where you have to make some decisions about the running game. You look at it, we carried the ball 23 times and had 41 yards - I am semi-guessing, but I think those are accurate. They were good up front, first and foremost. I think that is something you cannot overlook. They were a very fine defensive football team. They lined up to take away the run and gave up something on the pass in order to do it, and as I have said many times, anybody can take away anything they want but it is pretty difficult to take away both. We were probably a little bit more invested in our passing game, our third down situations and our possession time as well. I mean, they ran 23 more plays than we did, had 12 minutes more possession time than we did, so the opportunities were not there. We were not good on third down. We only completed 20 percent of our third down snaps and they completed 61 percent. They kind of played the way we played and maintained possession and the clock. All of those things kind of enter into the picture. I think we are a better rushing football team than we displayed."

On if there are plans of using Daniel Sams more...
"Yes. We certainly, certainly would. He deserves it. He had a great practice last night. You also have to look at the fact Jake proved he is a very capable quarterback and played well during the course of the ballgame. But you have a good athlete like Daniel and you have to find places for him, which we will. And the answer is yes, we have something in place."

On the depth chart being more open...
"As I look across the board, and we do that - we invest in the depth chart daily based on performance on a given day and certainly over the course of a ballgame - as we have looked through it, there are not any dramatic changes at all. One thing that happens is, which is a sad thing in my way of thinking, is that a lot of our number twos did not get a chance to be on the field at all and they need that opportunity. So if we were to make changes, it would be a little bit of guesswork because one played and if he did not play very well, you do not know how he (No. 2) would have played."

On if his team needs to be better stopping the run...
"Well, most certainly. Again, you go back, and we say stopping the run - to me if you had to put it all in a nutshell, you would probably say third down conversions made the ballgame. On their last drive, they had 18 snaps and they had four third-down situations, and they converted all four of them. One of them was a running play and the other three were throws. I think we can be better against the run, but they completed 70 percent of their passes against us, so we have got to be able to see it against both the run and pass defense aspect as well. In the running game, probably the biggest thing in the running game, if you remember we had that pooch punt downed at the two-yard line, and they came off the goal line and we missed assignments. Consequently, they went, I think, 64 yards with it. That was a major play in the ballgame and they went on to score. You take that out of there and we probably were not terrible in regards to the running game, but then it falls back to those third-down situations where we could not handle them."

On his concerns with Louisiana...
"Well, first and foremost, it is about mending our issues and that is number one - correcting the mistakes that we made and becoming a better football team throughout the course of the week. As you look at Louisiana-Lafayette, they're a team coming off back-to-back 9-4 records. I was just watching their Florida ballgame last year and they gave Florida all they wanted late into the fourth quarter when Florida won the ballgame. They have their quarterback, (Terrance) Broadway, who is a dual-threat type guy. I think he ran for over 700 yards last year and threw for right at 3,000. He possessed the ball 46 percent of all the snaps they had last year, so either by running the ball himself or throwing it, that is half the time, so he is the guy you have to play close attention to. But they also have a couple good running backs - the returning starter from last year and also a young freshman that has good speed and runs around pretty well. Tall, rangy wide receivers that are hard for anybody to match up with - and it is balanced. We are trying to correct our mistakes and still prepare for balance in their offense. If you go back and really study their offense, and it is true in their Arkansas game, they ran the ball 32 times and threw it 31. Go back last year and they are almost 50-50 in run and pass. When you look at down and distance situations, and with the exception of maybe a couple of those situations, there you are, totally balanced between run and pass. That creates a problem for anybody."

Junior Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On Monday's practice...
"A lot of guys had enthusiasm and spirit. Some of us were pretty angry with the outcome on Friday and we wanted to change that. It definitely showed that people wanted to change and truly want to have something special here."

On what needs to be corrected in the running game...
"There are a lot of things that need to be corrected and a lot of it is fundamentals. It is about getting back to being a tough and physical line, which we need to be against Louisiana because they have big and physical defensive linemen."

On his thoughts on the running game on Friday...
"This has got to be better. That is the main thing that kept popping up in my head. Throughout the entire offensive line unit, we went through and watched tape, and Coach (Charlie) Dickey was going through thing after thing for each person. We could find it on our own, but Coach Dickey was pointing it out and telling us this has to be better. Overall, we just have to be better."

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On getting more snaps against Louisiana...
"I would say I am ready, but at the same time, I just wait for my opportunity whenever Coach calls on me. I will just be ready to step forward to do what I have to do."

On his first snap against North Dakota State...
"I was really looking forward to just getting the first (down). I didn't know a touchdown would come out of it. At the same time, it was really exciting. I thought more was going to come afterwards, but I just do whatever Coach asks me to do. At the end of the day, he is the boss."

On sharing time with Jake Waters...
"I wouldn't see anything wrong with both of us playing. When I am in there, I basically do what I have to do whether that is running the ball or throwing it, just anything to help this offense be successful. That is what I try to do."

On the difficulty of coming into a game cold...
"It is difficult, but at the same time, with all that adrenaline of those fans, the score and the game itself, I was not really thinking about how cold I was or not being warmed up. I was just looking forward to get the first down and helping the offense be successful."

On there still being a quarterback competition...
"I would say that. Every day I come out I am with the twos. I do get some reps with the ones, but Jake (Waters) and I are staying focused as far as mechanics and assignments. We try to not take days off because we still feel that it is a competition."

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