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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


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Head Coach Bill Snyder

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Tre Walker and the goal-line stop against Miami last year...
"Well, Tre was a part of it. Not all of it. It has to take 11 guys to play well in that environment and that situation, and we had 11 guys that did exactly that. Our guys made some really mature adjustments during those four snaps that took place down there, particularly on the last play when they shifted a whole bunch of guys and movement that we hadn't seen. All of our guys adjusted to it quite well. We were fortunate to get them stopped. That one single play brought a great deal of attention to Tre, and rightfully so. I think he was a good player last year, and he continues to work at it. He has a great attitude about it. He is a hard worker and a team-oriented guy. He brings a lot of spirit to our defense. He was selected as an honorary captain, a spirit captain, last week, but couldn't go out with the captains because he leads a little ordeal in the locker room prior to the game. I think he just gets better and better. He still has a ways to go and still makes mistakes, but he gets better all the time."

On Miami's Duke Johnson...
"He's a tremendously talented little player. He has tremendous speed, which is what most people would identify him as someone who runs extremely fast. I think he is a very talented running back in regards to having good vision and being able to know where the holes open up. He has good movement, so he can move laterally as well as straight ahead. He has good quickness to go along with his speed, and I think that he is perhaps probably growing as a receiver as well. They utilize him a lot of different ways, so that tells me he can do a lot of different things."

On not having a bye week after the first game last like year...
"Off weeks can be whatever you can make of them. Sometimes when you get into a rhythm, you would like to play as often as you can. Sometimes when you are having some real difficulties, you want some time to get things sorted out. The fourth quarter would warrant playing quickly. The total body of work, as you would call it, would not warrant that. We need some time getting issues squared away. Who knows, I could never tell you until after the ballgame whether to play immediately or to have a week off."

On getting John Hubert more carries after averaging 12.7 yards per carry last week...
"I do not put a number on yards per carry. If you carry the ball on the two-yard line and get it in the end zone, then it was a pretty successful play, and you only got two yards out of it. When you throw some of those in, then the number does not really mean that much, but you would like for it to be as high as you possibly can. The other thing that you have to take into consideration is the run like the other night, and that is great. It can build up those averages, but if that is one snap out of 10 with the other 10 being zero yards, then the numbers look good, but the bottom line is that you were unsuccessful nine out of 10 times. We look at certain down and distances, and say that if we run the football, then this is the amount of yardage that would make this a efficient play on first and 10 or whatever. It solely reliant on that, so I really do not have a number. As far as how many carries per ballgame, I do not have a number for that either. As I have said so many times, defenses dictate what you are going to do. If they want to line up and commit enough people to take away John Hubert, then he probably is not going to carry the ball much in that given game. If they give him the opportunity to run it, then he will probably run it a bunch. I do not think that there is a number that is too many. You would like for him to have a significant number of carries in order to demonstrate balance in your offense, balance meaning, in this case, the distribution of the ball to a variety of different players."

On Miami's linemen...
"Defensively, they are a big movement team, so you see a lot of movement out of their front and blitzes from anybody and everybody that they have in the first 11. That is always an issue. For a defense, it can be hit or miss. For most people, for us included, sometimes you roll the dice and it could be 50-50 in what the outcome could be. I think on the other side of the ball with their offense, they are substantially sizable, but what most people seem to realize in addition to the size they have that they are a pretty athletic group as well. That really magnifies the things that they can do with their offensive line, and consequently they are total package, so that they can get linemen outside and pull them, create additional blockers, and that just adds another dimension to their offense. It creates problems."

On being able to win close games last year...
"I think that we were just a better football team (from the year prior). It was just another year experience in the system. I also think the thing that you have heard me address so many times is those intrinsic values that have also grown and improved from the first year, the second and third. You have to have some of that to be able to finish ballgames, to have the courage to do it, have the determination, the perseverance that goes along with it, the mental toughness to do exactly that. I think those elements have grown as well. That is my guess to the reason."

On how Boston College did against Miami...
"I think as much as anything, the first ballgame can be complex because you do not know what you are going to see, and normally you see what you did not expect to see. That was a conference game for both of those teams, so there was a lot of preparation. My guess is that Boston College presented a variety of different schemes that Miami perhaps did not expect. Boston College is a big movement team, lot of shifting, and motion that created some problems that caused some missed assignments by Miami. I think is probably what manifested all of that. Boston College got off to a quick start with two immediate touchdowns, but then there was a period of time, and I think Al (Golden) was quoted as saying that they went from play 14 to play 50 something, so about 46 plays in which Boston College did not score after they got off to that fast start. It was getting acclimated to what they were doing, but still 441 yards is a lot of yards. So you could say that Boston College is probably pretty good at throwing the ball as well."

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On Miami's pass defense against Boston College...
"We are going to put in the game plan as the week goes along, and do what we need to do. You are right, (Boston College) was successful, but (Miami) sees that too and are working on correcting things. We are just focusing on the game and getting ourselves better. We are trying to improve and come out with a win on Saturday."

On the Miami game last year...
"I think it was another step, but I think that is one thing of last year's team that we want to be consistent with this year. Regardless if it was a negative stat or a positive one, you have got to put it behind you and move on. Something good happening in the past can trip you up in the future. I think that it was a stepping stone that we wanted to build off of, but we moved forward last year and have to have the same mentality this year."

On Miami's defensive line...
"They are a very athletic team, and they really hustle around. They make a lot of plays, so we are going to have to be disciplined, stay on blocks, finish blocks and be safe with the ball. Obviously, we cannot turn it over. We just need to be consistent and be better than we were last week."

On Arthur Brown stepping up in the locker room this year...
"Coach Snyder always talks about and pushes us to step out of our comfort zone, especially when it comes to leadership. In essence, push ourselves beyond our limits, therefore to help pull the team beyond what our normal state is. Arthur has done that. I know that we have all tried to do that. He definitely is a quiet person, but when he speaks, everyone listens. Leadership is an art not a science, and whatever we all need to do to help get us a victory, I know we will do it."

Senior Linebacker Arthur Brown
On the defensive performance against Missouri State...
"There were times throughout the game where it was a little iffy and skeptical, but once we got going, we really filled some of the holes that actually needed to be filled."

On playing Miami in Manhattan...
"It is going to be different, but our approach as a team is the same. We are definitely going to identify where it is we need to improve from last game and make those proper steps in order to do so. Our approach to the game is selfish - it is not different than last year."

On the biggest improvement needed from last week...
"We need to be more consistent and start as well as we finish. Getting out to a great start is going to impact this game a lot."