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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


Sept. 24, 2013

K-State Athletics

Kansas State Football Weekly Press Conference
September 24, 2013

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the team’s unity…
“We just need to go back to the value system that we have tried to operate on for a long period of time, those goals so to speak. And just understanding the intrinsic values that are significant in being successful on and off the field.”

On if Daniel Sams will get the opportunity to lead the offense more…
“We have two quarterbacks that are playing well, and as I have said before, both of them deserve the opportunity to play and both of them will have the opportunity to play.”

On if it is nice having a bye week to regroup…
“That is probably not a bad assessment. I mean, we still do not like to have to sit on it, but by the same token there are a number of things that are going to take some time that we need to work with.”

On if the circumstances make the depth chart more competitive…
“It is competitive every day. Young guys go out and they understand the depth chart is fluid day in and day out, week in and week out so that is consistent. The guys that are doing the best are the guys that are on the top of the depth chart. It is that simple.”

On his evaluation of the quarterback play and coaches’ use of them against Texas…
“Well I think both of them played reasonably well. How we utilized them, I think – was not ineffective. Like I said, they both did some good things. I mean, there is always going to be some controversy when you have two at that position, but we have substituted tight ends the same way and nobody could care less. But, we have two guys, and I do not know if I can say it any differently, both of them have done some good things and deserve the opportunity to be on the field and we will continue to provide that. We will try to do it the best way we possibly can.”

On if he is happy with his team’s performance or if there are personnel issues…
“I think more than anything else it stems back to those values you have to possess, and it does not make them good guys or bad guys or anything else, but just some values to have success in things you do in life and in football. And those things carry over to what you do on the football field, and it is as simple as when you take one element of that, say discipline, as a significant value to carry on to a football field as well as success in life. Things that have taken place on the football field would probably tell you we do not have the quality of discipline that we need right now. Again, I am not making them bad guys, it is just that the discipline to do what you are supposed to be doing, doing it the right way, and doing it that way every single time is important in a football game as it is in so many other things. If you have turnovers, if have penalties, if you have missed assignments – those are by and large a product of what we were just talking about, the value system or the discipline in being able to stay focused so that you can execute those things the right way.”

On if he is satisfied with how those that play are competing…
“Well I think there is another one of those values, which is consistency. You have to do it consistently. I think I could answer ‘Yes’ to that question and I could answer ‘No’ to the question – pick the time of day. If we had consistency in that particular area and others then it would be unequivocally yes, but we are not consistent in that respect. Everywhere is one of those areas, good and not so good.”

On the defensive line against Texas…
“We got knocked off the line of scrimmage and played higher than we should be playing. The University of Texas has some experience and a very fine offensive line and they had something to do with it, so it was a collection of those things.”

On what kept Daniel Sams from throwing the ball against Texas and if he has the freedom to check into a pass play…
“Probably us more than anything else. And yes, but he is going to stay within the confines. You know they are two young guys, and you can carry this thing as far as you want, but there are two young guys that want to compete and want to win. Those two guys in the locker room were both in tears because they want to contribute, they want to do everything they can to try to help and they are trying and making the effort. They make mistakes but they also do some very fine things as well.”

Sophomore Defensive Lineman Travis Britz
On the mood of the locker room after losing to Texas…
“It was very disappointing knowing that we just did not execute like we should have.”

On what the team needs to work on during the bye week…
“We are a young team and we are sometimes inexperienced in some situations. Our unity is there, we just need to work on the fundamentals.”

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the team’s current level of leadership…
“Our leadership is good. We have some great leaders on the team. Everyone can step up, we can get leadership from a lot of people that have not necessarily stepped up yet and get leaders from younger guys and get that enthusiasm up.“

On what the team will work on during the bye week…
“We are doing what every team does when we have a bye week, just regrouping and looking at our own mistakes. We are looking at everything we need to do to improve and take advantage of the time that we have.”

Sophomore Kicker Jack Cantele
On the state of the locker room after the Texas game…
"We saw a lot of anger and just a lot of people generally upset, a different kind of upset for certain people. It is motivation, everyone is motivated, no one is throwing in the towel. It is four games into the season; it is not like we are sitting here at the 12th game of the season. We know that we can easily be 4-0. It helps us mentally to know that the games we lost are because of what we did, not because of what the other team did. “

On the feeling of currently being 2-2…
“You always want to be undefeated and expect to be undefeated, especially at Kansas State. It is not so much frustrating, it is the fact that it is our fault that we lost these games. It would have been more acceptable if we would have lost to a team that we should have lost to, but I do not think that there is any team that we should lose to, so that is the worst part.”

On getting the team in order during the bye week…
“Correcting a lot of the mistakes and preparing for a really good team and having an extra week to do that. It is what it is. There are guys that need to heal up and guys that need to correct mistakes. We all need to correct mistakes. There is not a single person on the team that is perfect or has been perfect. It is just an opportunity to let that fire build up and use that in our next game.”

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On the mindset of the team…
“I think right now we are just trying to figure some things out. I think that we did a lot of great things and a lot of bad things against Texas but I think we did enough to put ourselves in a position to win. I think that right now we are just trying to figure out where everybody’s head is at.”

On Coach Snyder’s mood towards the team…
“The things that Coach Snyder says are right. I think a lot of the things that he is talking about exist within our team. If we focus on the strengths that we have within us, then we will be able to capitalize on those things when we are in certain situations. When the coaches put us in certain situations where we can utilize our strengths, we have to have confidence to be able to believe that we can succeed.”

On playing within a two-quarterback system…
“Half of the time, I am not even paying attention to who is in the game. We already trust whoever is back there whether it is Daniel (Sams) or Jake (Waters). We know that whatever play is called we are going to have to be able to capitalize on that because the coaches call the plays but we are the ones who have to make the plays happen. Regardless of who is in, we know that they are going to take charge and try to lead us to victory.”

On the level of leadership on the team…
“I feel like sometimes instead of leading by your actions, you might have to start saying things little by little. You might not have to say something every single day, but whenever you have to establish yourself, like Ty Zimmerman, something that you say one day might make an impact on the whole team because they are not used to him talking as much. If you talk a lot and say the same thing over and over, it just gets mundane.”

On what the team needs to accomplish during the bye week…
“I think a lot of people needed this bye week to just get their heads together, relax and think about the future and what we are trying to accomplish this year. This year is not over with; we just lost to Texas. There are still eight games left in the Big 12, so we can still accomplish what we are trying to accomplish. It is just going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to get there.”

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