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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
GO WILDCATS

Sept. 11, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the improvements from week to week…
“Well, we were better than we were the week before, I think, in all facets of the game. We had a better offense, defense and kicking game, but we still made a plethora of mistakes, but not as many as we did the week before. I thought we played hard, and I like the aggressiveness that we played with defensively. I thought we ran around well and tackled better. With the special teams, I thought we played extremely hard and played well with maybe two or three exceptions.”

On his message to the team this week…
“I have proven that I can overdo it sometimes. The message is, week-in and week-out, don’t take anything for granted and take it a day at a time. Do not look beyond trying to prepare ourselves for today. They know all of the examples of upset victories and teams. Even though I know it is not their intent to be complacent or take something for granted, they do. Realizing a team that would not be favored would certainly have a tremendous amount of motivation to become motivated. So you have a lot of things going against you when you are in that situation. As I have said to our players, it was not about Miami, it is not about North Texas, and it is not about anybody we play in the future, it is all about our youngsters, our coaches, our team and what we do day-in and day-out in preparation and nothing more than that.”

On how the offensive line has eliminated mistakes and progressed…
“They are doing well in that respect. It defines a prominent amount of discipline, and I appreciate that a great deal. I think they are still a work in progress, but they have made headway. They are diligent about it. Coach (Charlie) Dickey does a wonderful job working with them, and they respond well. We must keep getting better because we have a long ways to go. I like the work habits. I like the attitude. I like their camaraderie. I like their togetherness and their passion for each other and the game. I like the way they respond to coaches. They are good guys.”

On remembering Sept. 11, 2001…
“I was thinking about it this morning. I was sitting in my office and Joan, my administrative assistant, came in and said, ‘Have you seen the news on TV?’ and I had not. I had turned it on and that was the live broadcast taking place at that point in time. The games next weekend were canceled because of the tragedy. I, like every other American, felt angered, pain, emotional about it. It allows you to have a great appreciation for a lot of different things that we sometimes choose to take for granted.”

On the affect of sacking the quarterback lifting the team…
“It does exactly that. In particular, maybe us just as much as anybody because we have not been as effective in that phase of the game as we would like to be. I think this last week, in particular, it was a paramount issue. It had a great deal of implication in regards to motivation for our players on both sides of the ball. We played with more spirit, passion and enthusiasm. Consequently, I think it equates into our effort by our players. I think the sacks, or the pressures or making moves and special kind of plays, that it really had an impact on that.”

On defensive stats as a morale booster…
“The answer is obvious. I think it provides greater confidence in our front four or our front seven, and then to our defense collectively. Whatever the total numbers are, part of that stems from what people call coverage sacks and the fact that your secondary and linebackers are well adjusted in the coverage and the quarterback has to hold the ball a little bit longer. A couple of times we got our hands up and forced the quarterback to pull it down and caused him to throw an errant ball. There was a variety of different things, it’s just that the pressure was better than it has been, and I think that provides greater confidence for our guys moving forward. Hopefully they respond to it.”

On the offense not committing many penalties…
“I think the coaches do a nice job of being demanding with their players, and our players do a nice job of accepting those expectations. Somebody mentioned a minute ago those intrinsic values, it is being able to accept the responsibility for whatever it is you are responsible for and being able to have the persistence, even though it does not always play out the way that you want it to, to continue to try to improve and continue to do what it is that you have to, do it the way that you are asked to do it and that equates to self discipline. As you move forward, I think the leadership begins to accept more and more of a role and being able to hold each other accountable for the kind of discipline and focus that it takes to not make those mistakes.”

On Dan McCarney’s coaching stop at Iowa State giving a look at conference play…
“I don’t think so. I used to coach with Dan over at the University of Iowa. I think that Dan is a tremendous coach, very talented, very bright. He knows that they are going to do what it is that best suits the young people that they have in their program. Not that we have not, but I don’t think that it is a great benefit to spend too much time invested in what took place at Iowa State or what took place when Dan was in Florida or any of the other coaches, which he has some very talented coaches on his staff. The defensive coordinator was with him at Iowa State. He has a couple of coaches on his staff that was here with us at Kansas State. You take all of that into consideration, but the bottom line is that they do what they do. If there is carry over, than yes, there is carry over, but they have made changes over the course of the years that may antiquate a little bit of what they were doing.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On how hard it is to focus on each opponent…
“It is always a challenge to keep your mind focused on where you are at and not wonder about a host of things – other opponents, homework, life, whatever is going on at that time. Coach does a good job of just making the issues – what we are focused on, where we are at – and that is on the practice field where we are trying to get better, trying to improve in as many areas as we can and go from there. It is a battle, but I think it is a battle overall, not even with certain weeks. As everyone knows, sometime life happens and stuff comes up, and anything can take your focus away from where you are at.”

On Arkansas being upset at home last week…
“It just shows that anybody can win on any given week. It is why we play the game, and it really comes down to who executes better and who executes their plays, who plans the best, and who executes their plan the best. I think that is who is going to come out on top. That can be said for anybody, any game, any week. So we just have to make sure that we have a good plan, we work our plan well going in and finish it out on game day.”

On how he looks at this contest…
“It is another important step just because it is the next one. Again, we played well and better last week. There are some things that we have to work on. Again, we have not played our best game yet, and that is what we are trying to strive for. That is what we are trying to move toward. This is another opportunity to do that. We are just trying to get better and put another good leg in on the race.”

Senior Tight End Travis Tannahill
On how the offensive line has been playing…
“We definitely played well as a whole unit, tight ends, fullbacks and offensive line. We blocked well. They did what our coaching staff said that they were going to do schematically, so that always help. We had good plays drawn up against it, putting us in the good numbers, and we were able to execute well.”

On Zach Trujillo…
“I was 10 to 15 yards behind him running down the field. I was excited as ever for him. It was actually funny. We were in the wrong personnel. Braden (Wilson) and I were supposed to be in the game, and then when they came on the field it was just me and Trujillo in the game, so I just had to play fullback. So the play should of gone to me but it is all good.”

Sophomore Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the team’s performance against Miami…
“It doesn’t matter what opponent we play, we try to not to focus on who we are playing. Just go out there, play sound football and get the job done.”

On watching tape of himself…
“Watching tape I think is just really frustrating, because you just see yourself and you know you can do better than that. I think that is how every player is, just critiquing their craft to the best of their ability, and that is just how I look at film.”

On looking more energetic in the Miami game…
“I think anytime you are getting sacks, fumble recoveries, turnovers, big hits, or tackles for loss, that will fuel the defense. That happened a lot on Saturday, and that just got us going.”

On being favored three games in a row…
“Being the favorite and not being the favorite, we just don’t look at it that way. It is all about how we want to play. If we execute what we need to execute then we will be alright.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On North Texas…
“They are an athletic team. I think Coach (Dan) McCarney, you guys are well aware of what he did at Iowa State, and they are a team that plays fast, plays tough and plays hard. They are not going to give you anything. It is going to be a battle. I know that it is only his second year there and they are still trying to develop a little bit, but they were able to go down to LSU and put up a fight. They are going to come in here and they are going to fight, and they are going to play hard, and that is kind of what we expect.”

On what he has seen from North Texas’ defense…
“They have a lot of guys that can run. Obviously, they are in a good spot down there in Dallas where a lot of athletes come out of, and I think they get a lot of good athletes. I know one of their defensive backs is a transfer from Oklahoma. They definitely have some speed, they have some size, and they have a pretty solid defensive line. They got talent across the board. They definitely have playmakers.”

On his touchdown catch…
“It was exciting. It was crazy. I don’t remember much of it because I was in a different state of mind at that point, but it was fun.”