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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


Oct. 22, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On how he thinks the team responded from this past bye week…
“I think in a favorable way. Again, for each and every individual it is a little bit different. You would have to ask them. I think that once they got away from the loss, tried to get focused on correcting the issues that we have, and get focused on West Virginia, I think they were in the moment, which is important to not let it linger with you and work diligently in your preparation and improvement. I think they have attempted to do that.”

On if Daniel Sams can handle rushing the ball 20 times per game…
“Well he did it so I would like to think that he is capable of it. I have never thought otherwise, never believed that he could not.”

On relieving the team of its practice duties this past weekend…
“Well it was kind of an indication that it is a long season, and they have been going virtually every day for whatever that period of time is, two and a half months since the first of August. The last time we had the off week, we gave them a day off early in the week and a day off late in the week. I just thought maybe to give them the entirety of the weekend. We have a ballgame over the Thanksgiving weekend that they do not have the opportunity to get home with so this gave them a chance to. We practiced on Friday, gave them the opportunity to, those that were close enough by, go home Friday evening and not return until treatments on Sunday. It just gave them a little more time to go home, hopefully to spend with their families. Not all of them could do that quite obviously.”

On the differences of this year’s West Virginia team compared to last year…
“I do not see a substantial amount of differences. They do not have the (Tavon) Austin youngster quite obviously, or Geno Smith, but the other young guys play well. I do not think they are aborting their system because of personnel. I think they have good schemes on both sides of the ball, and I just think they are trying to get new guys and young guys that have not worked together to fit into the system. So, I do not see a great deal of change. There is a little bit more emphasis placed on some things than there may have been last year. We played them reasonably early last year, so we have seen all of the ballgames since then, but not totally familiar with the tendencies so to speak, what they are doing the most of. And all teams are that way. You are going to repeat the things that you do well. They certainly have found a few niches that they like, and are having success with, and we will certainly see those.”

On if the team is close to becoming more balanced offensively…
“First of all, the answer to the question is no, we are not, collectively. In some areas, I think we have the balance. In other areas we do not. In some of the tendencies that people keep track of, perhaps not, but overall probably a little closer. Again, it is truly defined by how somebody lines up and plays on defense. As I have said so many times, if they line up and take certain things away then if you have some balance, in other words the capacity to do a number of different things, then you can move on to whatever seems to fit the moment so to speak. I think we have been able to do that to a certain degree, not totally successfully because we have lost four ballgames. That enters into it as well.”

On the sold-out atmosphere and support from the fans this season…
“Well, my feelings are not different than they have been for a couple of decades. I think we have amazing people that are invested in caring about Kansas State, its football program, the young people involved in it, and the program in general. They demonstrate that in so many ways, certainly filling up the stands and the kind of vocal support during the course of the ballgame. In so many other ways as well, my feelings have never changed.”

On the challenges from West Virginia’s defense this season…
“I think they are trying to latch on to who they really are, as much as anything. They have good players. Their players are seemingly motivated to play hard. They run well and are a good pursuit team. They will get nine, 10, 11 guys around the ball. Every snap they do an awful lot of things. There is a lot of movement and a lot of change-up in their coverages, etc. Statistically, they do not rank real high in our conference, and I cannot tell you exactly why that is the case. Perhaps, sometimes you do try to do a little too much trying to find the answers. I do not know if that is necessarily the case, possibly it could be. I also see, and I said this yesterday, I see them kind of starting to settle into some things which probably will make them a little bit more confident and secure about the things that they are capable of doing. I think that is just part of what they are going through in trying to find what they do best, and maybe that is what we are going through as well.”

On if the two quarterback system is any more scripted or still by feel…
“Watch any football team and you will see somebody on the sideline, if they call the game off the sideline, there is somebody there with a card. They are kind of pretty fancy. They color them up, and they have all the fancy colors on them, but yes, there is something. There is a down and distance script. There is a goal line script. There is a going in script, a coming off the goal line script. I mean, everybody has that. How well do people stick to it? My guess is it is kind of a toss-up, 50/50.  Maybe more often than not you find things that you hit on, that you have success with it and other things on your script that you do not have success with, and you tend to gravitate to things you are doing a little bit better or move around a little bit more. If you find something you do not like, you are probably not going to spend a great deal of time on it, regardless of how you have it scripted. That is my guess.”

On if mentioning the 2001 team’s turnaround helps this team know that something similar is possible…
“It is not a device, it is just that I am not going to say anything to young people that is not factual. It is not a day and age where you play with their minds, I do not think. In my way of thinking that never works anyway. I think you just have to be open and honest. They do have opportunities that lie ahead of them that you could define a lot of different ways, certainly the way you just did, and it is not that we do not have that.”