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K-State Holds Pre-Bowl Press Conference


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Head Coach Bill Snyder

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
GO WILDCATS

Dec. 20, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the team’s schedule…
“This past week we had final exams, so we tried to parcel workouts intermittently with that. We had four workouts last week, including Saturday, and we had Sunday off. We practiced yesterday, and we will practice and meet tomorrow and then we will practice Thursday morning and then be off for five days. We will come back next Wednesday and work three days here and depart for Dallas on December 31st and go back to work on January 1st.”

On focusing during bowl preparation…
“If you are not interested in winning, it is probably pretty easy to be lax. But if you really want to improve yourself and do well, then I think you would want be into it pretty heavily. When you get onto the practice field, that is the only thing that you have got going – you cannot do homework or anything else out there. We go through this from time to time. It is just a matter of getting everyone on the same page.”

On facing Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl…

“It is a tremendous challenge, obviously, when you are facing the No. 6 team in the country. Arkansas is a very excellent football team so it is a great format to improve.”

On what motivates his team…
“I am different than most, but I just want to get better. I think just the idea of how that last ballgame comes out because there is a long time between that one and the next one for the guys who are returning. The seniors want to go out on a very positive note. So I think there are a lot of things that serve as motivation.”

On using the extra practices to his team’s advantage…
“We have set aside quite a bit of time to work with the younger guys. Some segments of most of our practices up to this point in time have been dedicated to just that.”

On younger players that have stood out this season…
“I think that you look at young guys on the offensive line: Boston Stiverson, Cody Whitehair, Drew Liddle. I hate to do this because I always leave somebody off. There are a couple of tight ends: Zach Trujillo, Zach Nemechek. There are a couple young running backs that I really like in DeMarcus Robinson and Robert Rose, who I think have done well. The younger wide receivers have been out there, and you are well aware of that. Daniel Sams has the potential to be a very talented quarterback. Defensively, I think Laton Dowling has shown some capabilities for us up front. In the back end, Kip Daily has a chance to be a good player. Dorrian Roberts has a chance to do well in the back end as well. So there are quite a few.”

On what Arkansas does well as a team…
“Anything and everything you can think of. They have a good kicking game and the best punt returner in the country. They are sound in the things that they do. They run well. They are a fast and physical football team. Offensively, they can throw it around with the best of them. I think they average 308 yards per game throwing the ball. They have a very good quarterback who handles and manages the game well in addition to throwing the ball as well as he does. As much as they throw it, they are not at all afraid to run it. They seemingly want to be able to run the ball well. Defensively, they have been a good football team. They play in a variety of fronts with a lot of movement up front. We made the assessment that, defensively, they are a little bit like Miami and, offensively, they are a little bit like Texas A&M. That is mostly because of personnel. Everybody has some commonality in things that they do, but I think that personnel defines where they put their emphasis as much as anything.”

On his assistant coaches…
“I think they have done a wonderful job. That should be pretty obvious. They have done a nice job of bringing players along. From top to bottom, you see guys that have made very consistent improvement throughout the course of the season. They have gotten fundamentally better and that does not happen if our coaches are not doing a good job of working and teaching. They have been able to put schemes together that have done some very positive things. They have managed their youngsters well, on and off the field. We have had a lot of young guys that have received national and Big 12 recognition that probably were not projected at all and that lies in the capacity of their coaches to improve their play. There are quite a few offensive and defensive players of the week, there were four special teams players of the week. We had a number on all-conference teams and a couple guys that were on All-American teams and that comes because their coaches have helped them a great deal.”

On looking back on the highlights of the season…
“I am a little different in that respect. I probably pay attention to the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State games more than I do the others, as an aftermath, anyway. I just think about why we lost so substantially against Oklahoma in the second half and what we can do to become a better second-half team and what can we do to prevent what happened at Oklahoma State. Those are the things that stick out in my mind. There are a lot of moments and you can say something about every game that we played. We played well in a variety of different segments in different ballgames. I think that being able to come from behind as many times as we did was a positive thing. I think that the Miami game is the one that most people identify with and I understand that. Being able to say that maybe that was the one that jump-started the season and what did that was probably the play of our defense at the end of the ballgame with Tre Walker being in on four consecutive tackles on that particular goal line stand. Those are the things that you expect out of your youngsters, but there are other things that concern me more.”