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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


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Travis Tannahill

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Travis Tannahill
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Nov. 6, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Collin Klein playing against TCU…
“I would certainly hope so. Let’s cut to the chase more than anything else. I understand your (media) position. I truly do understand you have work to do and a job to carry out. So do I. I understand your role. My interest in our players is beyond football, and I always want to do the right thing for young people in our program. I think any coach in the country would feel exactly the same way. I don’t want to put any young person in any undo jeopardy whatsoever. That is why I don’t address injuries. I have tried not to. I have probably said more than I should on some occasions, but I try to accommodate you. My first and foremost interest is in the young people in our program. Technically, it’s against the law to talk about someone’s health without their approval. Collin will not be here this afternoon. He would have been here. He is perfectly comfortable with coming and visiting. I just did not want to put him through that because I know the bombardment that he would have to endure, and he was perfectly willing to do so. He is that kind of a young guy. He is a wonderful young man. Would I expect him to play? I certainly hope that’s the case, and I would expect that to take place.”

On outscoring opponents off of turnovers, 111-0…
“I did hear about that one. Someone brought it to my attention, and I shared it with our players as well, but I have never heard of a statistic like that because I do not think anybody has ever kept a statistic like that. Whoever came up with it has done some amazing research.”

On the mental side of coming out strong in the second half…
“I think, and I cannot tell you what is in the mind of all the young people, but you would think that there would be a motivational aspect to it from both standpoints. Number one, you took advantage of an opportunity that presented itself. I think sometime when turnovers are created that if an offense, particularly when you gain such good field position, and if you cannot convert that, then, with some individuals, it could probably be somewhat of a letdown. I would like to think that our players, if indeed that were the case, would not be a letdown for them, and just keep on rowing the boat. I think our guys do. However, the statistic that you put forth a moment ago would indicate that they have virtually always been successful, but it does not really indicate that every time. I guess that the short answer is, yes, it would create some motivation on both sides of the ball, but at the same time our young guys have the confidence that they would respond appropriately regardless of what the outcome was.”

On being so effective on converting third down…
“It is a vital statistic in my eyes. There are times when it does not happen the way that you want it to happen and you may still have success. I do not think there is a No. 1 statistic that collectively makes a difference. There are all the other things that we talk about. Turnovers would probably take a higher ranking in my vantage point, but I think 50 percent is a substantial number in this day and age. By the same token, this last ball game we did not have that. I think 38 percent was our conversion rate on third down. That is not nearly as good as we have been, but fortunately we came out ahead.”

On knowing of a team that has never had a turnover in Big 12 play…
“Well I cannot remember only because I have not made it a priority to look back and see. It goes back to not trying to compare us with anything or anyone. It is just about us, and in that particular instant try to be safe and protective of the football as we possibly can. It is a mindset I think with our players, and there is diligent work done in practice to try to reach that goal in the end.”

On this season making an impact on recruiting…
“We get a certain degree of young people that do contact us, but it would make sense if more doors would open up. It does not really change how we approach it in that regard. Any door that might open up would be somebody that we had an interest in for our program, and maybe they are a little more open to our advances, so to speak. The answer is yes. It probably does, but it does not alter the way our approach is.”

On how they practice protecting the ball…
“There are certain individual drills that players at a variety of different positions do that try to simulate. You have to try and make it game like conditions and simulate some of the positions that you can get into with the ball and some of the things that you would do. During the team phase of our practices, it is important for the scout squad groups when we are working against scouts with our offense, or when we are going good on good that whoever sits on a defensive role that they make a bona fide effort to disrupt the offense in terms of trying to strip the ball and all the things that defenses can do. So it is an ongoing thing, and that it is a matter of doing the things that an opponent would do in order to make you have an awareness of continually protecting the ball without being tentative in your play.”

On Collin Klein not throwing interceptions…
“Well there are a number of different things, and it is how your protection is formulated in and how you protect people that get their hands up. So your offensive line has a significant role in that. Your receivers have a significant role in how they separate and attack the football. In other words, you see a lot of guys that will sit and wait for the ball to be thrown while someone else is pursuing it. So you have to always attack the ball, so to speak. It is a terminology that we use, not to get your feet set, but to come and get it. Certainly your quarterback has a variety of people that he needs to see on each throw, and it is not just me throwing the ball and you and just looking at you. I have got to see in front, behind, etcetera.”

Senior Tight End Travis Tannahill
On the physicality of the Oklahoma State game…
“They (Oklahoma State) were definitely coming down and laying some shots on us – me, Collin (Klein), (Angelo) Pease and John (Hubert). They were a physical team, but it is kind of what you expect with a Big 12 opponent.”

On Angelo Pease in the Wildcat formation…
“Having Angelo back there to run the Wildcat, they were putting an extra defender in the box. So when you have the quarterback run game, you have an extra blocker with that other running back.”

Senior Running Back Angelo Pease
On running the Wildcat…
“I enjoy it. I take advantage of every opportunity that I get. So when I get in there, I try to make the most of it.”

On taking control of the offense…
“I would not say it was different because I have played quarterback before, so I was pretty used to doing that.”

On his performance in the Oklahoma State game…
“I think that because of the situation of the game and the way the offense was running, they put the offense on me to try to end the game. I have to give it to my offensive line. Without them, I would never have been able to do what I did at the end of the game.”