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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


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Sept. 14, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On K-State’s defensive effort against UCLA and Missouri State…
“I thought, in the UCLA ballgame, we played aggressively. I thought we played aggressively in the first segment of the first half in the second ballgame. Against Missouri State, I thought we played extremely well in the first 28 minutes but we did not play very well after that.”

On what needs to be improved defensively before the start of Big 12 play…
“The consistency, not just on defense but on both sides of the ball. Being able to play effectively throughout the course of the ballgame, without the ups and downs and the highs and lows. There are a plethora of things that you could talk about in regards to where we need to make improvement, but that is true every week.”

On playing in Kansas City…
“I do not mind playing in Kansas City. I think Arrowhead Stadium is a wonderful venue. I have a great appreciation for the Hunt family. I always have. They are some great friends, and I genuinely care about the Chiefs organization. I appreciate being able to play a little closer to home to the 23,000-plus that we have in Kansas City.”

On the improvement of wide receiver Aubrey Quarles…
“He is a very conscientious young man, and he works very diligently at everything. I think, considering the fact that he was so limited on what he could do on the practice field last year, that for him to engage in the out of season program, spring practice and summer workouts and do it so diligently, you would anticipate that he would become more effective, a better performer and improved and he has done all of that. I think so much of it is because he is conscientious about it.”

On the play of Iowa State…
“Last week, it was a tough loss for them against Iowa. That is a meaningful ballgame for both schools. I think the score was a little bit deceiving. I think they are a very good football team. They play extremely hard. They play with passion on both sides of the ball. I think they have some good athletes on offense. Their quarterback (Austen Arnaud) has about 6,500 total yards of offense in his career, so that is pretty good. He can throw it and run it. Their running back (Alexander Robinson) had around 1,200 yards last year, and he is talented in a lot of different ways. They like to get the ball to him, and I would too if we had him. He can do a lot of very, very positive things. They have some very talented athletes that can create yardage for them. They are a lunch-pale offensive line that really works hard to get on blocks and stay on blocks. They are big. They are somewhat similar to UCLA in that they go about 313-314 pounds across the offensive front. They are big, physical, and they have some people who can move the ball for them.

“Defensively, I think that they are a tremendously talented pursuit team. They have obviously coached them extremely hard. They run to the football, and they will hit you. You will always find, when you watch them on tape, nine or 10 guys around the ball, no matter where it is. They do not lack in effort whatsoever.”

On the focus of the defense going into Saturday’s game…
“They better be (focused). They want to be focused. I do not have any doubt about that. But ‘want to’ and ‘doing’ is two different things. I think they are probably still in the learning stage of learning how to do exactly that, and that is going to take some time.”

On the advancement of Daniel Thomas as a running back…
“I think he has grown a great deal. He understands the position more, and he has the experience of doing it, which is monumental. I think he gains a little more knowledge with every game. His vision becomes better. His reaction time becomes a little better. We know that he has the physical skills, it is just being able to find the right creases, and the more games he plays in, the better he does that.”

Senior Running Back Daniel Thomas
On his performance this season…
“I think I have done a pretty good job so far, and the offensive line has been doing a good job. I think there is a lot of room for improvement, and I think this upcoming week we will put it all together.”

On playing running back…
“It is a ton easier. Last year was my first year playing running back, and my thing was to go out and watch film, pick out my game and look at my strengths and weaknesses. I feel a lot more comfortable back there.”

On the hardest part of playing running back…
“I would say the blocking schemes and just knowing which linebacker to block. Picking up the blitzes is the most difficult part.”

On the importance of the first conference game…
“It is going to be a great game with it being a north division game. We just have to go out there and start strong and build off our last game.”

Senior Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall
On the conference opener…
“It is very important. It is what we have been working for. Conference play is big time for us. It is where it all starts and begins. We really need to have a good week because last week was not good enough.”

On playing at Arrowhead Stadium…
“I am from the Kansas City area, so I grew up as a Chiefs fan. It is fun getting to play in the stadium where I grew up getting to tailgate with my dad. It is fun and exciting.”

Junior Defensive Back David Garrett
On the second-half performance against Missouri State…
“It was a disappointment. That was not us. They had a 99-yard drive against us. That is never good. Then they had 11 minutes of possession time, which is a whole quarter for their team basically. For us to win the game, we have to keep them out of the end zone and keep our offense on the field. So that was a letdown for our defense and as a team.”

On proving a point in conference play…
“Our defense pretty much had a letdown even though we won. We want to come out and prove something and they (Iowa State) had a tough loss against a great team in Iowa, so I know that they will come out hungry. It is going to be a great game.”