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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Oct. 29, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the challenges or advantages of having community-college quarterbacks...
"They are all different. It is not that they are community college guys, it is just that they are young guys and young guys are different regardless of where they come from. In reality, too, these are young guys that have been in a variety of different programs over a period of time. They have certain habits or certain things ingrained in their system and you do not always have enough time to redevelop some of the values we talk about all the time. And hopefully you bring young guys in that have those built in that have been in programs where those things become significant and important and they bring those with them, but that is not always the case."

On Fort Riley Day this Saturday against Iowa State...
"We have a lot of collaboration. They come over here and go through some of the things that we do. I have met with them and they enjoy it, I think, the time that we get to spend together. I know we have taken our players over there and gone through a variety of different things. I think the thing that we did most recently was went over and took all the youngsters through the simulators, which is really a very neat thing. I remember one time, it has been quite a while, but we took the players over to see kind of the "war games" and when the apache helicopter was really a hot item and to see some of the things it was capable of doing. That was kind of neat. But anyway, they interact well. I know one time when Ron (Prince) was here they went over and did a workout with the Fort Riley young people, but that is what we have done. What it means to me is what I think it means to all of us. We are grateful and thankful that we have people that in a day and age where you do not have to volunteer - because when I was growing up there was draft-ability and the draft no longer exists - so we are talking about an awful lot of young people that volunteer to serve their country and defend all of us even though we do not have one of those world wars in a effect, so to speak. They are always going to be or will at some point in time during their career going to have their lives in jeopardy and they understand that, and I do not know how many of us would step up and volunteer our services to do that. So you have to have a special appreciation for them. I do, and our players do as well."

On if he believes there is more depth developing on the defensive line...
"For the most part the answer is yes. I think we played four guys in there and sometimes we put our defensive ends in there as well, just in different packages we have. I feel reasonably comfortable that we have decent depth in there and enough to rest guys when we have to."

On what he sees from Jake Waters on the sidelines that lets him know he can bring him on at any time...
"I think like any young person at any position, if you do not stay in the game no matter where you are situated, whether it on the sidelines or whether you are on the field, or whether you are sitting up in the stands and somebody calls you down - if you do not stay in the game, then when you get in there it is a different experience. If you stay in it, play the game snap after snap no matter where you are located, then you have a much better chance to have some success when you step on the field. I think that for him and Daniel both, it is when they are not in that they really play every snap even from the sidelines. If they do that, then it is almost like taking an on the field rep."

On the progress of the defense's toughness...
"I think we have made strides. I think the degree of toughness with which they play has been enhanced, not over just the last game-and-a-half, but over the course of the season I think it has gradually moved in that direction. I think we still have the discipline, and when I say discipline I mean the self discipline of doing what you are assigned to do the right way every time. We still have some issues there. Some people refer to it as execution, but to me, they are all capable of it - it is just to do it snap after snap after snap. We have not consummated the deal in that regard. We still have some things loose ended in that respect. In other words, we are just not 100-percent consistent about being where we are supposed to be. Consequently, the end result is you give up big plays, and we still gave up big plays in both of those ball games."

On the issues so far rushing the opposing quarterback...
"That is kind of a double-edged sword. We only had one sack in the ballgame, but Ryan Mueller stripped the quarterback. The numbers can be somewhat deceiving. Was it enough? No. Did we get enough pressure? No we did not. But that did create a turnover and a turnover is big. I will take a turnover ahead of two or three sacks in a ballgame. I think you take some guys that will fight it and fight it and fight it and guys doing a good job up front that if you cannot get there, then get your hands up and maybe force a tip ball. We had two in the ballgame, and those are critical. They are not exactly a sack but are pretty close. It means they did not have a chance to complete a pass, which is part of the result of a sack as well. So I think they are a little deceiving but we still are not getting as much or as frequent of pressure on the quarterback as I would like us to. And I cannot tell you what the results will be on Saturday. There is always that thing where you look at people, look at numbers and statistics and ask, `They have given up a lot of sacks, so how vulnerable are they?' Well, what are they working on all day, every day? They know right now what the numbers are, so they are working more diligently not only in their pass protection but also how quickly they get the ball off and maybe pulling some backs in to help wherever they may be having trouble. People work on it and people get better at it. Good programs eliminate mistakes and Iowa State is an awful good program. It will not be the easy task that the numbers might indicate."

On the consistently competitive games against Iowa State...
"I do not know how much Paul (Rhoads) and I are alike. I think he is a better football coach than I am. He is an awful good person that works extremely hard. I think the similarities are somewhat like that. Their players are accustomed to a demanding program. They work extremely hard and they play hard. Our ballgames have been close for the last four years, and we have been fortunate to win each one, but we won by one, by six and by seven twice. It has always been a one-score ballgame. If they get you on your heels, you can be in trouble. If you take that (Baylor game) out of the mix and you look, they played an awfully good Iowa team. Iowa is playing awfully good football from what I understand and it is a six-point ballgame. They lost to Texas, a one point ballgame I think, and Texas Tech, which everyone is aware that they are a very good football team and that was a seven-point game. You just look at how they have played over the course of the year, there are some similarities there between us. We have not, in our own right, been good enough to win those ballgames that were there for the taking. They have had some struggles but had the opportunities to win those ballgames, too. They could be looking at a far better record than what they have now."

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