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K-State Holds 2014 Football Media Day


Aug. 6, 2014

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Assistant Coach Quotes

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On his current thoughts of the team...
"Well, you know we got a long way to go. I am pleased with the effort of the 105 young guys that we have out there for the most part. We are in a work in progress. I think the retention level this week has been very good. We put in an awful lot. We do not put it in all in one day, but we implement our entire offense, defense, and all of our special teams stuff, which is quite a bit, throughout the first four or five days. There is an awful lot that goes in and they have done a nice job of retaining all of that. The execution on the field from an assigned standpoint has been good, from the fundamental standpoint has been good, not great but good. We are making headway. I think we had some lapses yesterday in practice No. 2 that had to do with something other than execution and effort, but I think we got those corrected today. I think the vast majority of our guys have kept themselves well-conditioned. The demands are pretty extensive and they have responded to it quite well. Most of the work we do is ones against ones and so on. It is hard for me to be happy all the time because one side is going to do better than the other side, so it tears me apart. Everybody has had their part in it. I think yesterday our defense had a better practice than our offense did when they went against each other. Today, I thought our offense came back and responded well and had a positive workout. It will go back and forth like that I think during the course of the two-a-day practices."

On the status of the community-college players joining the team...
"We have four young guys that are still not here yet. It is my understanding that they should be here and should qualify. They are finishing up academic issues. It is my understanding that all four of them have or will make it. They are not on campus yet. The expectation is that they will be here this week."

On former walk-ons becoming starters and leaders of the team...
"I think it takes a young person who has the value system that we are interested in to be able to do that. You are right, I try not to distinguish between where you came from and what your scholarship status is, etcetera. What you say is true, they have done quite well from a performance standpoint and from a leadership standpoint as well. It is just because they have a quality value system in place and that is a good thing. The more of those kind of guys that we have the better, whether they are scholarship guys or not."

On Collin Klein's responsibility and why it is important to bring former players back as coaches...
"I read someplace, I didn't know this, that on our coaching staff having ex-players as coaches in our program, we have more than anybody else in the country of their exes. I think it is important because I know them and I know what kind of value system they have. They know me, they know the program, they know what the tremendous demands are of the program and they have experienced it. Consequently, for them to accept the opportunity to come back tells me that they are on board with all of that, and they truly are. I enjoy having the coaches here that have been through the program as players. I think we have five. I am pleased and proud to have these guys here. Then we take our GA's and assistants like Collin. If indeed they want to get invested in the coaching profession, I have tried to encourage each one of them not to. In this day and age, I am not sure it is the best direction for a 22-year-old, but by the same token, they are passionate about it. If I can help them, I want to be able to help them. They are good people and they lend themselves to our program."

On the success of a second-year starting quarterback...
"I don't know what the numbers are in that respect. To me, I think it is probably common sense. It is easy to say you should be better the second time around than the first time around, but I don't believe that. I believe that you have got to make your way the second time. The opportunity to improve from one year to the next is certainly there, but you have to do the things that allow you to become better at that position. I think that most of the guys we have do that. They are invested, I believe, you can ask them that concept of daily improvement. If indeed they are, whether or not you were a starter or not last year, you probably should be better this year than you were last year."

On the passing game setting up the run game...
"That is not the philosophy that we labor under. That does not mean it could not happen, but really my interest is becoming as balanced as we possibly can. That has always been the situation. There have been times where either the run game or the pass game kind of outshined the other side of it, but the intent is to try and create that balance. We will try to do the same thing with the passing game overseeing the running game, but I hope that is not the case. It does not mean it will not happen, but I hope not. I hope that we can maintain the balance that I am talking about and spread the ball around in the passing game and running game as well. The more balance we can create, the more unpredictable we will become. There is a little bit of an advantage in becoming unpredictable, I think."

On Dalvin Warmack producing for the team...
"The opportunity exists for him and every young guy on in our program. My approach with him is the same as it is with every incoming freshman player. That is that I will not make a decision that you are going to redshirt your freshman year until we get close to the beginning of the season, so about a week out, and you go out and compete with the idea that you want to be No. 1. If you become a No. 1 and we get a week away from game time, if you are wanting to lay it all out there and wanting to play, that is fine and we will do it. If you are No. 2, you have to make that decision of redshirting or not. They have to make that decision, because it is a major decision of their life. I will council with them in regards to whether I think is the best idea or not. More often than not, I would ask if you are going to be better in your first year here or in your fifth year here. I think the answer is pretty obvious, but more often than not, my preference would be to redshirt virtually all of our freshmen. The youngster that you mentioned, I think he is doing well right now. He will have the opportunity to compete and make his way. We will address whether that becomes redshirt or not in about two to three weeks."

On Jonathan Truman's journey from walk-on to team captain...
"It goes back to what I was saying earlier, it is the quality of character and the value system that Jonathan possesses that is so valuable. He is a bright young guy. His journey has been one of hard work and doing things right. That is Jonathan. People look at those values that I keep coming back to. They are going to succeed somehow and some way. He has done it. In the meeting, one of the coaches said that is how it is done here and he just represents it so well. At the end of the day, I do not think about who is a walk-on or scholarship player, they are all Kansas State University football student-athletes. I know it is important to them whether they have a scholarship or not, and they earn it. We scholarship so many walk-ons in the program, but every one of them earns it. They understand there is no gifts, you have to earn it, and they do. Does he have some ability? Sure, they all do, you cannot survive without it. It is the other things that allow that ability to become more extensive and better. He is a good leader first and foremost because he sets the example. There is no player in our program that would not look at Jonathan and say, `Hey, he works hard, does everything right, and does it the way you ask him to do it.' Good young guy."

On the running back position...
"I think we will have three or four young guys that are presently invested in the competition. It will remain competitive. DeMarcus (Robinson) is the most experienced back that we have, and he has been very patient with us up to this time. He understands our offense. He can execute our offense. Fundamentally, he is very sound. He has skill-level that is appropriate. A couple other guys are going to make it competitive, so DeMarcus is going to have to continue to perform as well as he can and I am pretty confident that he will. I have not known him to approach it any differently than that. How quickly will we decide on who that will be is a question I cannot answer because it is not apparent to us right now. In time, it will be. There comes a time where we have to make that decision, and I do not know if it will be easier by then or more difficult, but we will find out. I am not unhappy with the direction any of them have gone in three practices."

On Curry Sexton...
"He is one of those guys we have been talking about. We have so many of them. He is a competitive young guy and a young guy that has developed from an early age a special value system. He believes in all the things we believe in, and he presents them on the field and off the field as well. He has established himself as a meaningful leader in our program. He is a guy you know is always going to be in the right spot at the right time. He knows how to get where he needs to go and he is athletic as well. He has that kind of football sense about him. Curry would be a great sandlot football player just because he understands where to be and where not to be."