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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


GO WILDCATS Head Coach Bill Snyder
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Head Coach Bill Snyder
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Sept. 18, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On playing Oklahoma…
“You know, they are an excellent football team and have been throughout Bobby’s (Stoops) tenure there. Certainly before, they have had great coaches. They’ve got very talented young guys. The fans are good. They fill the stadium. I mean, I can’t think of any negative things that happen there. That certainly does not work in our favor. We say all the time to keep it between the white lines and play error free football, you know, as close as you can. It’s just difficult to ask.”

On Collin Klein’s biggest improvement in his passing game…
“It probably runs across the board. I think a year in the system has given him a better understanding of both our offense and opponents’ defenses. It allows him to make decisions a little bit quicker than he might have done perhaps a year ago. Probably all of it, you know, we’ve addressed this many times. Collin is just adamant about improving all aspects of his game and certainly works diligently to do that, but I think those things probably stand out immensely. I think he feels more confident. He has the capacity to make decisions a little quicker. It gives him the opportunity to get rid of the ball a little bit faster. It all works hand-in-hand.”

On the difference between last year’s defensive backs to this year’s…
“The secondary, with the exception of David Garrett, is virtually the same. That is good news. The bad news is that they got torched a year ago. Hopefully the experience has worked in their favor. I think so many things have to happen. Landry Jones is a very talented quarterback with great experience. Yes, you have to get pressure on him. We have been better in the first couple of ball games than we were perhaps a year ago, at least statistically it indicates that, but this is a level up in regards to how they protect him, how quickly he can get the ball off and move around in the pocket and avoid the rush. There are a lot of ways to try, and that is all I can say is try, to disrupt a quarterback. Just heavy pass rush is one way if you can get it. If you cannot, then you have to look at some other possibilities, but the coverage certainly fits into it. If receivers come open in a heartbeat, then your pass rush is probably not a factor because they have a chance to get the ball off so rapidly. So it has all got to work hand-in-hand, and therein lies the dilemma.”

On the pass rush being a good way to stop the ball…
“Well I think that is certainly a part of it, and that can work both ways. You can take the quick passes and keep it in front of you and slow the process down downfield. By the same token, that can also hurt you, a la a week ago. There is a youngster that completed virtually all of his passes, and all of them were passes kept in front. Yet it allowed them to maintain possession of the ball, utilize the clock and keep the offense off the field. North Texas had possession of the ball I think 16 or so minutes more so than we did, which is out of the ordinary, but it happened. By being able to keep the ball in front, we also give them the opportunity to move the chains and get the first down. Everything we are talking about today is a dilemma. You have to realize that.”

On what the common thread is between the defensive players…
“I do not know if there is really a common thread other than the fact that they are good young guys. They want to compete. They have to a decent degree even though there are some newcomers, a la Justin (Tuggle). They have competed together over a period of time. There are some things, intrinsic values, that we always talk about with our players is that we like to see things come together a little bit better, and I think, as I mentioned last week, still are a work in progress for the entirety of our football team, and certainly with our defense as well.”

On being surprised of Blake Bell running last year…
“Well they had demonstrated that prior to when we played them. He is just a big, physical, young guy, and it is the old quarterback run game. They got a guy that can do it, so they do it.”

On the difficulty of preparing for two quarterbacks…
“The thing is that you have to be very careful of is that Blake (Bell) has the capacity to throw the football as well. His completion percentage is I think 75 percent. It was three of four in the last ballgame that he threw the ball just as the Wildcat guy as their quarterback. He has the capacity to do that, so you have to defend both run and pass at the same time. You know that the play action pass when it is a heavy run down is always what you have to be careful on, and when the quarterback runs the ball, they normally got enough people to block your people. That is the nature of the quarterback run game and always has been for the 20-some-odd years that we have utilized it. It is an advantage in regards to numbers. In other word, if you hand the ball off to your running back and the quarterback is not accounted, so you are really playing with 10 guys and they have 11, so they out-number you. If your quarterback can run the ball, then you add one to yourself, so you got enough to block their people and that is the advantage of it. When you take a guy like Blake or Collin (Klein) who is big, strong, and physical that is advantageous.”

On when he knew that Bob Stoops would be special…
“I knew that before Bob came. We had him as a player at the University of Iowa, and I loved his competitive nature. I knew his father well, and he was heavily invested as a high school football coach, one of the most successful in the state of Ohio. It was just a family venture. All the brothers are heavily involved in football across the country. It was easy. I knew that he would be a great addition to our staff, and he certainly was.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On what gives K-State the best chance to win at Oklahoma…
“I would say a collective effort. We cannot turn the ball over and cannot go three-and-out. That puts a lot of pressure on not only us in terms of field position, but it also puts a lot of pressure on our defense. We are going to need to execute, protect well and make some plays. I think it is going to be everything – we cannot do just one thing. It has to be everything.”

On his father coaching with Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops…
“I was pretty young. I was about three years old when my dad got out of coaching. They both coached together at Kent State for a year or a year and a half, I think. Then my dad got out of coaching and that is when Coach Stoops came here (K-State).”

On facing Oklahoma’s defense…
“We just have to prepare our tools with what we know, as best as we possibly can, and then be ready to possibly make some adjustments on the fly. They do a good job of putting things together and getting themselves ready to go. We have just got to make the best possible plan that we can. We are going to have to be ready to adjust for some things that they are preparing.”

On last year’s Oklahoma game…
“We just quit making plays. From a player’s perspective, that goes back to focusing on what you can control. That is how I see it, but we just did not get it done. We quit moving the football, they scored some quick points, and that put the pressure on us even more. Then it just kind of snowballed on all of us from that point on. Again, we just have to prepare the best we possibly can and give it the best shot that we have.”

Senior Defensive Back Jarard Milo
On the team’s defensive performance so far…
“Our pursuit and the way we play as a defense each game has been improving. Each week we go out and do the best we can and just keep improving. We just have to come out this week and execute.”

On the continual improvement of the defense…
“Our defensive line keeps improving every week. We do not know how many sacks we are going to get each week, but we just go out with the game plan. We try to go out and execute it the best we can. Meshak (Williams), Adam Davis and Vai (Lutui), they all do a good job on the defensive line.”

On the biggest challenge in facing Oklahoma’s passing game…
“Landry Jones is a great quarterback, probably one of the best in the Big 12. There is not really too much that you can do about it. We are just coming out with the best game plan that we can come out with. We just have to try and execute.”

On improvement from last year’s Oklahoma game…
“Last year is last year. All we can do is go back and look at the film. We are just going to come out with the best game plan that we can execute and just be ready for them.”