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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Nov. 26, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the importance of being thankful and leading this team into an in-state rivalry game...
"It is not just this ballgame or this rivalry. There are a lot of things to be thankful for - the fact that I am still standing here is one of them. I am certainly thankful for family and hopefully having a positive impact of the lives of these young people and to be invested in this program and the Kansas State people that genuinely care about the program. We have been very blessed in that respect."

On how the players get self-motivated to play an in-state rivalry game...
"You get to play 12 games, and if you are fortunate enough, you get to play 13 games a year. The players invest so much - 340 days a year - it is just hard for me to fathom that the players wouldn't have great motivation every time that you have the opportunity to play because you have invested so much in it and only have those limited opportunities to do it. I think that you are in the wrong place if you are not motivated every time that you get to the field. I do not mean to downplay any game, but the next ballgame that you play is the most significant ballgame you will ever play, and that happens to be the case this weekend."

On how Kansas has improved from the beginning of the season...
"You can take any ballgame that they have played and at some point in the ballgame they are in the ballgame. It doesn't make any difference, whether it was TCU, Texas Tech, University of Texas, and the only exception might have been Iowa State. Some of those games ended up close, some of them did not, but you can go back and look at certain areas of the games - like being ahead of Oklahoma 13-0 - there are a number of different scenarios in which they really got off to a great start and played well and led or were tied with some very good football teams."

On this weekend's game being the last game of season for the Jayhawks...
"Any football team - coaches and players alike - would always refer inwardly. It is about you, it is about your preparation regardless of who you play. The significant thing for us is to go back and make sure that we can review and adequately address the mistakes that we made in the previous ballgame or any mistakes that have been lingering over a period of time. You have to correct those because if you don't, it doesn't make a difference who you play, you are going to end up on the short end. That being said, it is a matter of preparation for the upcoming opponent. Whether it is the last game of the season or not, it is the next game. Therefore, it becomes the most significant one that you participate in and the preparation needs to be directed that way."

On the team's attitude Monday compared to other Mondays following losses...
"I don't know that I can go back and make any significant comparisons, but I would say it was very matter-of-fact. I wasn't sure how they were going to start off, but we had one of our leaders step in and provide some distinct and positive words for his teammates. I thought practice was kind of business-like for a while, but as practice went on I thought the execution was good. There was a focus throughout the entirety of it. I saw some of that determination that perhaps comes after all the emotions that you go through after losing a ballgame like that. Eventually you land in that arena where you become determined and determined to become better than what you were. I saw that yesterday."

On what his message to his players was on Monday before playing Kansas...
"Let's make sure we do not get ahead of ourselves. Let's make sure that we identify - as painful as it might be to watch it - what our issues were against Oklahoma and make the corrections that are necessary. Then go to the practice field and the meetings all week to sustain those corrections. As far as the University of Kansas ballgame is concerned, even though it is a team that is 1-7 in the conference, they have the capacity to be an extremely fine football team."

On the level of pride in his players having won 16 of last 17 against Kansas...
"I certainly have a great deal of strong feelings in the young people that play, but I am proud of them for a lot of different reasons and I always have been. There are a lot of other things that they have done that allow you to have a very prideful feeling about them."

On the biggest reason K-State struggled to run the ball against Oklahoma...
"It was a combination of things. Some of it I wouldn't address and some of it just in regards to not being able to execute some of our assignments - not a great deal of assignment errors - but just not being able to finish plays and finish blocks. The fact that we felt that we could throw the football had a little bit of impact as well. But, by and large, it was the first explanation that I gave."

On the strengths of Kansas' running game...
"They have an extremely talented running back. I think they are very assignment sound as far as their offensive line is concerned. By and large, their schemes are rather consistent with their offensive line. The offensive line has a limited number of schemes and consequently the execution becomes better and better, and that is what you have seen over the course of the year."

On if Kansas changes their game plan based on who the quarterback is...
"When you look at the statistics there is a little bit of difference, but only a fool would spend too much time looking into reading statistics. Every week that you line up and play there has to be some expectations and you have to be able to ask yourselves `what would you do if?' and you have to be ready for all the `if's' and be able to address those as well. We would not hang our hat on any particular tendency that one quarterback might have over the other."

On how Jake Waters and Daniel Sams can put their egos aside and share the position...
"What I believe is the fact that they just cared about their team and their teammates and they wanted to be a good teammate. The only way to be a good teammate would be to help each other out, so that is the direction they have gone. You have two options - you can be upset about it or you can join your teammates and do everything that you can to continue to compete - which both of the quarterbacks do -  and at the same time do everything that you can do to be a good teammate. I just think they are good guys that want the best for their team."

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On preparing for a game with school not in session...
"It is a little different. You don't wake up and go to class all day. They are keeping us pretty busy with the practice schedule, so it is not too much different."

On his knowledge of the KU-K-State rivalry...
"I don't know too much about it, but I got a little taste of it with basketball and I have heard a lot about it. I can imagine what it is like from back home with Iowa and Iowa State. It is kind of like the same thing. I know that it is a big game and everyone is looking forward to it."

On the team's vibe this week...
"We know that we have to get this game and that they are going to come and throw everything at us. They are going to play their best game. We know that we have to be on our toes and be ready from the get go."

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On sticking to the team's game plan...
"We cannot get away from what we do, which is keeping the ball on the ground and controlling the clock. We have just got to concentrate on that and just take what the game gives us."

On what the offense needs to do to be successful against KU...
"I think we have to get our run game started and then when the opportunities open up through the air, that is when we need to take advantage."

On morning games...
"I don't think that it makes a difference. With Coach Snyder, we are ready for any type of game. It may play a factor with some guys but being around the team, I do not think it matters."

On his view of the in-state rivalry...
"It feels the same for me. I am not into it as much as the Kansas guys because they went to high school with some of those guys at KU, but just being a part of this team and working everyday with them, I am going to approach it the same way."

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On being open so many times last game...
"Coach was talking about it. He said that there was going to be a lot of one-on-one (matchups) out there. OU plays a lot of man-to-man. So that is one thing that we emphasized in practice was our route running and being able to have confidence in just our technique. Coach always says that when it is good against good, the person with the best technique is going to win. So that is one of the things that we try to work on throughout the whole practice because if you just try to do it with skill, it will not work especially playing against great corners."

On his eyes lighting up when he gets one-on-one coverage...
"You could say that, but once you see it you have to know how to run your route and you have got to win. That is the biggest thing because if you don't, then we will not be able to do anything on offense. We just had to make the best out of every opportunity, and I think we did."

On what he thought when he had the 90-yard touchdown...
"It was just thinking `Do not get caught,' because I saw Aaron Colvin chasing me down, and I was trying to hurry up and make it before he caught me. Like I said, it was just making the best out of the opportunity. The corner almost intercepted it and made a great play. It was a great throw by Jake (Waters), and it got us back into the game. I think it was 21-21 after that play happened."

Senior Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On this week being a big week...
"It is big for a lot of people on this team. A lot of people have guys that they played with in high school or they know, and definitely to people around this area it is always a big rivalry that I didn't even know about until I got here. It was always Oklahoma/Oklahoma State back where I am from. I just take that mindset that I had towards that game and apply it to this game for those people that are from around here, and I want to play my hardest for them."

On it being hard to get over the Oklahoma loss...
"We have already moved past it. We are just using the mistakes we made and learn from them and using it as fuel for our next game."

On any emotions going into his last regular-season game...
"I feel like the last game was probably the most emotional that I am going to get. It was the last time playing here in front of our fans. These last couple of games I am going to cherish because they will be the last time I am wearing purple and white."

Junior Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On the team's Thanksgiving Day plans...
"We have a morning schedule so that the guys who live close can get home. I think we are done at 1 p.m., on Thursday but most of the coaches have offered the guys who cannot get home a chance to come eat with them, and I think there might even be an optional team dinner on Thursday."

On the rivalry with Kansas...
"It is huge. Not that is it just KU, but where we are at in our season at 6-5 and coming off last week. We have to end the season strong, and obviously a rivalry game is huge. KU is a much-improved team and we know they are hungry because this is kind of their bowl game. This game is humongous."

On the added motivation for Saturday's game...
"If you cannot get up for a rivalry game, you have got problems. Especially in a game like this, nobody should need to fire you up. You should have plenty of self-motivation coming into this game. I know the in-state guys, and even the guys from out of state, share the same feeling that we do. Everybody will be up for this game and we will not need any added motivation."

On his out-of-state teammates' understanding of the rivalry...
"I think they understand, especially if they have been here for a couple years. They get the feeling just from being here and seeing the other sports interact, seeing the basketball rivalry and how the fans interact, I think they get the feeling. Talking with guys like Tramaine (Thompson) and Tyler (Lockett), coming off a game against Oklahoma, they know the feeling of playing against a team from their home state and they realize what it is like for all of us. They know it is an in-state rivalry, so it is even bigger than that, so I think everybody gets it. If you are here for long enough, you get the feeling of the rivalry pretty quickly."

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On stopping the KU running game...
"It is very important for us to stop the run, and it comes down to our preparation this week and performing well."

On stopping KU running back James Sims...
"We respect him, and we also understand that they have a good offensive line. We just have to prepare for their schemes and ultimately play well."

Sophomore Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On being frustrated with the Oklahoma loss...
"After a loss it is very frustrating, but we get one more chance in conference play to go out there and prove ourselves."

On expecting Kansas to replicate Oklahoma's running game plan...
"Any time you mess up on things, the following team is going to try the same thing to see if you worked things out."

On the mental status of the team...
"We are not happy with the record, but we came a long way since we started 2-4. We feel that we have made a lot of progress throughout the season. We just had a little bump in the road last week."

Senior Defensive Back Kip Daily
On team's attitude going into the KU game...
"We are just really ready to get back to work. We are focused on ending the regular season right. We are excited to finish with KU and then go into bowl prep focused."

On the mental difference between a 7-5 and 6-6 season...
"You just have to keep fighting. Our season has been up and down, so we just really have been grinding, trying to stay focused and staying positive. It has not been easy going up and down, but we were able to get a streak going and it gave us confidence, energy and we are ready to work."

On what a win would mean on Saturday...
"It would be a great feeling knowing that we overcame some adversity early in the season to get through it. We all came together. It was not the easiest, but we just continued to push through and stuck together. It would mean a lot."

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