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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Oct. 15, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On where the team is halfway through the season...
"We are trying to get ourselves better, and in some cases we have. In terms of our last ballgame, we have improved play with our offensive line. I think that was evident to most people. I thought out quarterback play - even though we had some problems, as did our offensive line - was improved collectively. I thought the play of our front seven with the exception of the last drive was improved greatly. I think our effort collectively has improved. Although it wasn't 100 percent, it was better. I think that we are beginning to practice better, which is most significant with me, and I think the result of the areas that I talked about where there was improvement was a result of their practice effort during the course of the week."

On the improved quarterback play...
"I think the result is practice time - focusing on what is significant and improve in areas that certainly need improvement. I thought Jake (Waters) ran the ball well in the ballgame - and we are trying to bring along his ability to do that - but I thought he had some difficulty throwing the ball. We had less turnovers, but the one at the end was a critical turnover in the ballgame. So we still haven't mastered everything, but we are knocking on the door."

On how the coaches understand the quarterbacks' style of play...
"I think we understand how they play. I don't think we ever had any doubt. In fact, we have understood from the beginning. It is just a matter of getting them to understand the system - trying to get them to do the things we are doing without making mistakes."

On Daniel Sams' playmaking ability against Baylor...
"He allowed us to move the football and be more effective with our offense, but we still had some correctable miscues. The ballgame boiled down to us giving up four big plays on defense and two critical penalties on defense that equated to 21 points. That had a major impact on the outcome of the ballgame. Offensively, we scored three touchdowns on six trips into the red zone. That was 18 points left off the scoreboard because we only got a field goal out of it. If it pays, there is about 39 points we should have had. Those are the mistakes that you have to overcome and get corrected. It is really that simple. There are certainly some other issues that we need to address, but you take those segments out of the ballgame and you certainly put yourself in a position to win the game. From an offensive standpoint, the fact that we did not do a good job of managing our timeouts - we wasted our timeouts in the third quarter - and at the end of the game when we desperately needed them, we didn't have them."

On the 2-4 start to the season...
"Being 2-4 is never easy and neither is the response to it. How you respond to it and how you feel about it is difficult for the players, coaches and the people that are invested in this program. The important thing for us is not what could have been, but what are we going to do. That is the way that we have to approach it with the determination that says - what I say every single week - we have to eliminate the costly mistakes. We have to practice with the focus of doing exactly that, improve our practice time and therefore our performance level on game day will improve."

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n Daniel Sams' increase in carries having an impact on his season stamina...
"I am always concerned. I am concerned about our offensive linemen that take 70 snaps a ballgame or a defensive lineman or anyone else. They all get hit. It is a physical game, as is evidenced. We have a bunch of players that have been out for a period of time and it has taken a toll on their health as well. It is the nature of the game for everyone else as well, not just us."

On John Hubert's improvement against Baylor...
"I think that John has been practicing better, and consequently it has helped improve his play. He still has a ways to go to get back to what his capabilities are, but I was pleased with the progress that he made."

Junior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the speech he gave after the game to get the team fired up...
"The message was just to pay attention to details. How good of a player do you want to be in this program? I have had some great role models since I have been here, some great teammates like Collin Klein, Arthur Brown, both of which had so much attention on them constantly. Whether that be media or outside influences just trying to get their attention and how they were able to cope with that and eliminate distractions. I think that is such a key if you want to be a great player in the program - to eliminate distractions and focus on the team, take coaching and apply everything that your coaches said. Every rep you do and anything you do in practice, just being coachable, because those are the little things that carry over to the games."

On Coach Snyder's compliment about how no one practices harder than him...
"It is obviously a tremendous compliment from the legendary coach. It means no plays off for me from here on out. I just have to keep trying to push my teammates to hopefully get the same compliment. I would rather have coach say, `I have never had a team practice like the one that I am coaching right now.' That would be a bigger compliment to me, personally."

On his forced fumble against Baylor and if it was the best play he has ever made...
"It was a good play. It got a lot of attention, but I would not have been able to make the play if it was not for the secondary behind me giving me enough time to get to the quarterback. Any play, it is never a one-person play, it is a team defense and everyone helped me make that play."

Sophomore Wide Receiver Kyle Klein
On the offense this year as opposed to last year...
"Just like rebuilding an engine, we had to replace a couple parts from last year. It's taking us a little while to get things rolling, but we have definitely been making progress. Lack of turnovers certainly helped us against Baylor."

On having to win four of the next six games to be in the postseason...
"It has been on the team's mind because we do have to win four of the next six games to see a bowl game. That is something that we obviously all want to do. I think the rally cry is just getting better. Every week we have gotten a little bit better and made improvements, so I think as a team we are really close to getting traction and moving forward. Hopefully after the bye week we will be able to start back strong against West Virginia and gain momentum for the second half of the season."

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On how he would rate the offense at the midway point in the season...
"We are progressing, slowly but surely. We have given up a lot of points in the red zone. I have not been finishing as far as the interceptions late in the game. We've shown some bright areas, but we still are not where we need to be."

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n if the offense has more of an identity now...
"Yeah, I would say that. I mean, we still are not where we need to be. As far as me finishing at the end of the game, interceptions is something that we cannot have. We still have areas that we need to improve, but I feel like we will get there."

Sophomore Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On where the defense has made the most strides during the season...
"I think that we have made a lot of strides, especially coming from the Oklahoma State game to the Baylor game. We have made a lot of strides, and I have seen a lot of improvement in every aspect on the defense. We are playing more consistent. Over the last two games, we have played more consistent, although mistakes have hurt us in the end."

On Baylor's big plays...
"The four big plays were like the four big counter punches that they hit us on, in boxing terms. We were going blow for blow with them. I feel that we won a couple of rounds, as you would say in boxing, but then at the end we made mistakes and let our guard down."

On what had happened on Baylor's big plays...
"There was miscommunication and not reading your keys. These things that hurt us cost us big touchdowns at the end of the game."

Sophomore Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore
On the defense's improvement over the last few weeks...
"We know that we can stop the run and eliminate big plays like Coach Snyder talks about."

On the restriction of Lache Seastrunk throughout the Baylor game...
"We practice hard all of the time, and we knew they were going to try and run the ball. Coach (Hayes) put us in the right spot, and we did what we were supposed to do."

On moving forward after the Baylor game...
"We just have to know that we have to eliminate big plays and we will be just fine."