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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Sept. 10, 2013

K-State Athletics

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Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the importance of execution in a third non-conference game before opening Big 12 play...
"Continued improvement is vital to our program, hand-in-hand with discipline, and doing it the right way every time. After the first half of the ball game last week, I was pleased with the progress that we made and I think that there were stages in the second half, basically a six-and-a-half minute period in which I thought it all went out the window. What we don't have are those things on a consistent basis. You always talk about starting and finishing the game, but somewhere in between you need to play pretty well also. Just the consistent discipline is vital to the improvement that we have to make. Yes we made some improvement but at some inopportune times we took some steps back from that."

On Tyler Lockett's development as a wide receiver...
"Certainly he is a talented young guy who runs his routes extremely well. What I appreciate about him is the way he works at it, the way he genuinely cares. I will look out the window, in fact he is probably out there right now catching balls off of the jugs machine. Last night it was about 10 p.m. when our players finish with practice late in the evenings on Mondays and I'm looking out at about 9:45 p.m. and he is still out there catching passes off of that machine. He just diligently works at it because he cares and wants to be as good as he can be. If you have a whole bunch of guys like that things are going to be a lot easier."

On the relationship between Jake Waters and Daniel Sams...
"As a coach and as a person I have truly appreciated the fact that they root for each other and help each other out because that is what teammates are really all about. We have always talked about being a good teammate and they both treat each other with respect and are good guys and handle the situation as well as you possibly could."

On getting running back John Hubert back to last year's form...
"I just want him to get back to the rhythm that he was in last year and there are a lot of things that enter into that as well but I think we need to get John to run hard. You saw a couple of snaps last week where he was the old John Hubert. He turned it loose, stayed on his feet, broke some tackles; I think he needs to do that on a consistent basis."

On the certain things that Massachusetts does well as a team...
"They have had some very prominent players who have not been on the field yet. Their running back has been hurt and out for two ball games, and their tight end, who caught 46 passes last year, has been hurt and missed two ball games. They are a better football team with those players in the game. I think that they can spread you out and run the ball, and defensively I think that they fly around pretty well. I think they have an aggressive back seven that fly to the ball and up front defensively they can hold their own. I know Greg Burns, who works with their secondary now, was the coordinator at Colorado when we were in the Big 8 Conference and played the same coverage/style of defense that we did and was very effective with it, and it is kind of a tough defense to work with schematically. I think that they do a nice job and the other thing that exists is that I know they are upset but it sounds to me like they are all on the same page and they care, and will be a highly motivated football team because of it."

On building trust with a new kicker and punter...
"I like to see them get better all the time, but I thought it was good for Jack (Cantele) to hit a couple of field goals. He needs to continue to get better and improve and he understands that. I thought our punter Mark Krause hit the ball well in the ballgame. He averaged 47.5 yards per kick, net punting, which is extremely good. He hit the ball up in the air and got it out there and they did not have any returns, which is a very positive thing. Consistency is a key element and we just have to keep doing it."

On Jake Waters' four interceptions he has thrown this season...
"Well one of them bounced off the chest of a wide receiver so you certainly would not consider that his fault, but the other (last game) that he threw was completely ill-advised. He has got to understand how to handle that so much better. As I look at the turnovers there were two interceptions, two dropped passes, in combination with ill-advised penalties, which is 21 points in the ballgame. Those things were very, very costly. We have to be better."

Junior Tight End Zach Trujillo
On having a two-quarterback system...
"I think it's great. It really opens up our offense. Whoever coach thinks can get the job done on certain plays, they will put in there. Whoever is in, we are going to block for them and do what we can. It doesn't really matter who we have in. We are all teammates and I think everybody understands that."

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n the importance of playing well in the third week...
"It is very important. Just like Coach Snyder says, `You only get better every day.' Coming into week three with two weeks under our belt, as long as we keep getting better every day, it puts us in a good position to play well that third week."

On if there are differences in game management between Jake Waters and Daniel Sams...
"I wouldn't say there are really too many differences at all. Like Coach Snyder says, Jake (Waters) is the number one guy and Daniel (Sams) is number two, so it does not really change much. I would say there are really no differences. When Daniel is in, I feel about the same as when Jake is in. We just have to execute the plays for them to work, no matter who is in."

Junior Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On the importance of this week's game ahead of Texas...
"Obviously we have to improve every week, and there is no reason to stop now. We still have a long way to go to where we want to be, so every game is just kind of showing us where we are at and where we need to improve. It gives us a different look than going against ourselves like we have been, so it is crucial in that aspect."

On the offensive line's improvement in week two...
"I think we improved. We still were not where we need to be. We were not that same nasty, physical offensive line that we were at the end of last season, and that is something we are still trying to work to get back to. It is just every day a mentality thing to get nastier and being tougher."

On if it is enjoyable having two talented quarterbacks...
"It is kind of the same thing. It is the same routine in the huddle, the same getting up, getting set and getting blocks so they can get their calls if they want to check the play. They are both working hard, both doing a great job. It is just my job to protect and give them avenues to run."

Sophomore Place Kicker Jack Cantele
On replacing his brother as the starting kicker...
"Fortunately I got to be behind him for two years. I didn't have to be forced in there before I was ready. I am ready now, and I got to see in him what it takes to be successful and hopefully I can duplicate what he did."

On how much his brother helped him...
"He really has given me advice on staying under control and not trying to force anything. That has been the biggest asset for me."