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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Oct. 1, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On defending Oklahoma State in the run game...
"There are a lot of different ways you can approach the running game and they have done so by formations as well as personnel. Their quarterback is actively involved in the run game more than they have been in the past, so it makes it more varied, more diverse. They have some very strong and physical fullback-type players that lead block extremely well for their running backs. They involve their wide receivers in their running game as well - their speed stuff - that creates a great deal of variety and problems because you can only prepare for so much."

On the improvement of the team following a bye week...
"We have been trying to address as coaches the necessary things we need to improve on. We have to have that honest self assessment in regards to players and as coaches alike. We have to be able to define what the issues are that we need improvement with. Once we can honestly do that, then it's a matter of defining and correcting mistakes, putting a plan in place to correct those mistakes. That is kind of where we are now and it is an ongoing process. New issues pop up from one week to the next. It is an ongoing challenge, and I believe it is for all programs. By in large, most everybody deals with that. I think from the standpoint of what those things are centered around, it is a multitude of things. Part of it is the fundamentals of the game, the execution of the game, assignments and recalls of assignments, the emotion and focus of which you compete with - all the intrinsic things that we talk about so frequently. When you lose a couple of ballgames, those things tend to grow a little bit, and it is important to thoroughly investigate those things each week, win, lose or draw."

On the similarities of having three members of the Lockett family play in the program...
"They all come from a great family background. They are all very valued young people in terms of a value system that is strong and in place. I think that they are young people that genuinely care. They are great teammates and are very diversified. They are talented in many areas other than football. They have all been competitive on the field and have worked hard and done all the things that we have asked them to do. I could go on and on. It is all centered around character as much as anything else. On the field, their similarities are they all played wide receiver and they all caught the ball extremely well. Kevin, I believe, was a much more natural receiver but the others have worked extremely hard in order to develop the capabilities and have become equally as successful at catching the ball as Kevin was. Kevin probably didn't have the sheer speed as the other two, but he was a little taller than the other two. There are a lot more similarities between the three than differences."

On Oklahoma State's offensive tempo compared to Texas'...
"They will be faster. This will be the fastest team that we have faced so far this season. The following week, it will get a bit faster than that, but it will be more of a challenge than it was at the Texas game."

On Jake Waters not letting turnovers affect his play...
"Well, I do not know what is in his head. Jake knows what his thoughts are and what he is thinking. I think he is a competitor and, at the same time, I think he is one of those young guys that does not let it affect him. He is one of those guys that is ready to move on to the next snap, ready to move on to the next practice and ready to move on to the next game. It hurts him when it happens, but he understands that you have to play to the next snap. You have to get over it and get on with whatever it is that you are doing, and I think he understands how to do that."

On Oklahoma State being more motivated because of the loss...
"They will be angry. They certainly will continue to be very competitive. I think it is that emotion when you lose a ballgame - the real competitive people get very upset about it and anger can be channeled in the right direction to help perform. I guess it could work both ways. I understand that as well, but each individual is a little bit different in how he deals with that emotion. You can see it being a benefit."

On the team learning anything by being on the road at Texas...
"It is like anything else in life. You experience something on a given occasion and you have a much greater awareness of what that environment is all about when you repeat the action. Even our guys who have been in the program, played and traveled numerous times, it has been quite some time since we have traveled. That takes some acclamation on their part getting readjusted to it. Then you have a number of young guys that have not traveled with you before and really have no clue. Now, having done it at least one time, that certainly enhances their awareness of what it is all about, what the problems were and maybe having the awareness to not have that be a problem. It is beneficial. It is like practicing something. When you practice it well, it is beneficial, or if you make a mistake and you get it corrected because you got more repetition at it, then that benefits your ability to play the game or execute whatever you are doing. I assume that is the same for when you travel."

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On Saturday's game at Oklahoma State...
"I am looking forward to it. The last time we went to Oklahoma State we ended up losing, and this is my last time playing at Oklahoma State. When you look back at it, you do not want the same thing to happen again. I think it really starts on the practice field, but I think a lot of players are really getting ready for this game on Saturday."

On what he needs to improve on...
"I think one of the things I said was I just needed to work on my passion and being able to talk more and be a leader. I think that one of the things I was talking about earlier was just being able to find ways to encourage people without saying things to shut them down. I think being able to speak to your teammates is a huge thing because you will be able to uplift them instead of bring them down."

On his friendship with Dante Barnett...
"When I first played with Dante, he was a tight end and a running back at the same time, but he was basically just an athlete. He played whatever position that we needed him to play in fifth grade. Being able to see him go from when I first met him to now, he has done a lot of good things. In high school he had 13 or 14 interceptions in one season. I know his ball skills are great. I know that he can tackle. Being able to see him on a huge stage like this and being able to continue to do what he is doing and progress day in and day out I think says a lot."

Junior Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On the bye week getting the team more motivated...
"It was not really that guys were not into it. It was a reality check to make sure that they were. Some guys think that they were, but there is always more to give. It was one of those things that they have so much more to give, and they have to sacrifice for the better of the team."

On each player standing up in front of the team and saying what need to improve...
"It was good. It means that guys thought about it because Coach (Snyder) told us the day before, `I want you guys to focus on some things that you need to get better and help this team get better.' To hear guys stand up and say little things that really would help this team get better, it kind of put everything in perspective that everybody has something to work on."

On not having to prepare for a team last week...
"We are always working on somebody else, do not be fooled. We were correcting mistakes from Texas. We were prepping for Oklahoma State. We are always working on somebody. Earlier in the week it was fixing the mistakes that we had against Texas so that they would not happen again, and then it was just focusing and getting a better start on Oklahoma State. So we are always prepping and working on somebody. We are working on the end goal that we want."

Sophomore Defensive End Marquel Bryant
On last week's practice...
"This week we have been working hard on the fundamentals. We are trying to build our team up to the team we had last year. We have a lot of young guys, and we are trying to get guys to make a bigger impact on the field. That is what has been the big work."

On the importance of the pass rush this week...
"It is a big deal coming from the defensive end's point of view. Lately these last few games, we have not been giving too much. I feel like we can give so much more. They are more of a passing team, so it is a big deal for us to get back there. The coaches have been on us during practice and drills about our handwork to get to the quarterback."

On having a week to clear their heads after the Texas game...
"It is beneficial. It can get your mind off of things and can help you focus on the things that you have to work on. After a loss you have heartache and you feel low but you have your teammates to pick you up. As you practice on and continue in the off week, it helps us get level headed and focus on what we need to do."

Sophomore Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On the biggest challenge of facing Oklahoma State's offense...
"I would say their tempo just because they are faster than any team that we have faced this year, but every team in the Big 12 has a fast tempo and a spread offense. So I feel like we have been preparing all year for this."

On practice changing over the past week...
"It has not changed much. We make our scout team go a little faster than what they usually do in the past, but nothing to spectacular."

Sophomore Defensive Lineman Travis Britz
On last week's practice...
"I think we really got focused for what we need to improve on. I feel that we have done that. We really worked hard at it."

On watching West Virginia and Oklahoma State last week...
"I saw bits and pieces of the game. It was our off weekend, so I was trying to get away from football and just relax."

On what he remembers from last year's Oklahoma State team...
"They are a big, physical, tough team that had great tempo. They really throw the ball well. They run the ball well also. It is just like every opponent in the Big 12 that has high tempo, so we just have to prepare for that."

Sophomore Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore
On the excitement of facing Oklahoma State's offense...
"It gives us the opportunity to prove that we have improved over the week. It gives us a chance to show that we are a defense to be reckoned with."

On what stands out about Oklahoma State...
"Their tempo. Their quarterback is a talented player, as well as their running back and offensive line. If we do what the coaches tell us to do and read our keys, we will be ok."

Sophomore Kicker Jack Cantele
On facing Oklahoma State coming off of a loss...
"We are angry after a loss, so I would assume that they are angry after a loss and motivated like we are. I expect a good game, and we expect them to be the team that everyone thinks that they are. It is going to be a good challenge for us."

On his knowledge of Oklahoma State...
"I know they have a physical defense and that they like to pass the ball. I know that they want to run the ball better than they have and that they are capable of running it better than they have. I know they are a sound and well-coached team."

On playing back-to-back conference games on the road...
"It is tough to say because I have never been in that situation before. My teammates that have been here for a couple of years might know a little better. It would be more ideal to play at home, obviously, but we have a lot of home games ahead of us, and we just need to get passed this one."

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