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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


GO WILDCATS
Head Coach Bill Snyder

GO WILDCATS
Head Coach Bill Snyder
GO WILDCATS

Nov. 29, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the four-day break…
“I know it was a needed rest, there is no doubt about that, but what the impact will be remains to be seen. I was not disappointed with their initial workout after the break.”

On which bowl game provides the best memories…
“I think the players have probably enjoyed each and every one of them. There might be some losses that have kind of a hangover effect on them. I do not know that there is one in particular. It would depend upon the player. Some young guys played extremely well in some bowl games and that game or those games would remain their favorite. Some did not play so well, so that game goes to the bottom of the list. For me, not really – bowl games are hard. I cannot tell you that there is one. The ones that we have won – put them in a category. I could not select one bowl over the other.”

On if the players understand the conference title and bowl game possibilities…
“If the question is ‘do our players understand that, and is it significant to them,’ then I believe that is the case. I would be hard pressed to think that it was not. You do not know each young person – they are each a little different. They understand the implications of this ballgame. They understand all the things that you just mentioned. I think they deem those things important to them collectively. I believe they are working towards the most favorable end that is available to them.”

On Iowa State…
“They play extremely hard. They play very sound football. They had some turnovers in that (Oklahoma) ballgame, but normally they are a pretty secure football team. They do not give up defensively an awful lot. They do not put themselves in jeopardy on offense. They are very sound, secure in the kicking game. I think fundamentally, they are a good football team. They finish ballgames. At no particular point of time in the course of a ballgame, regardless of what has taken place, do they not play as hard as they can.”

On if defeating Texas teams this season helps recruiting…
“It can have an impact. Once again, we are talking about decisions made by young people who are 17, 18 years old. They are all different. Just like everybody in this room, they are all different. They make decisions for different reasons. Some might find that appealing. Others, it does not mean a thing. It depends on who it is. I go at it that way. I would rather not have been 0-4 down there.”

On the team winning a handful of games by seven points or less…
“It represents the fact that they have a belief, that they have confidence in each other, that they are competitive, that they have a mental toughness about them that allows them not to give in at trying times – a perseverance type thing.”

On if Collin Klein will practice this week and what impact not practicing has had on him…
“Yes, he will. I think it had a little bit of an impact, not as much as people would like to think, but I think it certainly does. Anyone would be hard pressed to go a substantial amount of time without practicing, particularly at that position. He handles it much better than you could anticipate.”

On how he is working to improve the offense after the Texas game…
“We just go back to work. They understand. That is the thing you appreciate about them. There are no excuses. You understand what the issues were and how they were created, and they have gone to work to try and rectify that. That is the way it is supposed to be. It tells you that they have that mental toughness and the perseverance to overcome adversity when it takes place and they are attempting to do it.”

Defensive End Jordan Voelker
On his last home game…
“Hopefully I can just leave a good impression on the fans. They have treated me so well and have been here to support us this whole year, so I just want to give them a good showing for them by playing the best I can.”

On the senior class improving in wins every year…
“With me coming in halfway through their tenure here, it was nice that they accepted me. We really have been able to keep putting the parts together that is needed to win and get better each year.”

On looking back on the season so far…
“It has definitely been an awesome ride. Hopefully we are not finished yet. It has just been a good experience to have the relationships that we have with the guys and being so close with all of them. I think this season, just with us always having to be in a fight has made us even more together and let us bond together so much better.”

On the need to not let up this week…
“Our whole goal this season was to take one team at a time and not over look anybody, and I think that we have done that fairly well. Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, they played Oklahoma tough. So they are a good team, they have proven that, and we have seen it on film. There really is not anything to overlook because they are a good team.”

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On the focus going into the game to win for the seniors…
“Our focus has been there so far this week. We have only had one practice. I felt like it was a fairly good practice. Everybody seems rested up and ready to get after the Iowa State game this Saturday.”

On one word defining the senior class…
“I would say family. They are all one tight group. They are all after a good season this year, and they all have kept us together by reminding us that no matter what the challenge is, we have to stick together and we will get through it. They are just a great bunch of guys.”

On the possibility of a 10-win season and a share of the Big 12 Championship…
“Those things we cannot really focus on. We want a 10-win season, so that is what our goal is to get that 10th win. As far as the share of the title, we cannot really focus on that. We just have to go out and play our ballgame.”

On responding after a bye week…
“The team has actually responded quite well. I think that we had a pretty good practice yesterday. A lot of the guys are rested and have more energy about them, so hopefully it turns into a good week of practice.”