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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


GO WILDCATS Head Coach Bill Snyder
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Head Coach Bill Snyder
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Oct. 2, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On what the game against Kansas means to the players…
“Every game means everything to all of them. This is significant because you have got a lot of youngsters that are from the state and they talk about bragging rights. You have to go home over the summertime and be there with the same youngsters that played for the University of Kansas. It is true for both sides, I mean, they are all highly motivated. Whether you play at KU, you are highly motivated. If you play here, you are highly motivated. You get 12 games a season, you know, maybe a 13th. That is 12 times for a competitive young guy to really be competitive. That is 12 out of 365, last count, that is what it was, and that is it. There is not any more, so how could you pass up the opportunity to do what you love to do and be as competitive as you love to be in any game that you play. I think they all feel that. That is my guess anyway.”

On if Coach Snyder can relate to Charlie Weis…
“Surely. I think Charlie is a very, very fine coach. He has got a very fine staff. He has got good administration. (KU Athletics Director) Sheahon (Zenger) is in a very positive leadership role. I think they are working diligently to do so, and I see progress. They have played at a lot of venues and a lot of different areas, so I understand what the process is and Charlie does too.”

On having previous encounters with Charlie Weis…
“I met Charlie at the conference meetings and visited briefly with him there. As a coach, I think his history precedes him. He is awfully good. It is hard to prepare your defense against him. You are not all together certain of what you are going to get. I think they do a nice job. A lot cannot change up schematically a great deal and be able to execute effectively, and I think that is something that they do that I admire. They are able to go from a variety of offensive schemes and still the execution is good, which tells me that the position coaches are coaching quite well.”

On the energy level of the team going into this week…
“Well, I think that the bye week went reasonably well for the most part. They practiced with a fair degree of intensity. I was not too pleased with practice last (Monday) night, but they had a little bit of break time in there. It was not a lack of trying to be into it. It was just a variety of different circumstances that caused that, but again, it is hard for me to imagine that any young person anywhere in the country that enjoys the competitive nature of intercollegiate football would not understand the value of being highly motivated and want to carry that motivation to the practice field to improve themselves. It is what we try to instill.”

On K-State’s defense playing statistically well against KU in the past…
“Well I cannot tell you that I have an answer to that. I would like to think that it was not if we played well defensively, it was not just against the University of Kansas that we were playing reasonably well against most opponents that we lined up against. I cannot relate to the statistic, and I cannot isolate the University of Kansas from the rest of our schedule. We try to play as well as we can against all of them.”

On the Jayhawks’ 13 forced turnovers on defense…
“I think they play hard. They play aggressively. Coaches put them in good positions too. In the secondary, they do a good job of breaking on the ball. Obviously, they are disciplined to play well with their eyes to make sure that they do not get caught out of position, and as I said, they play hard and aggressively. So they make aggressive tackles, and you can turn the ball over. They work diligently to try and strip the ball. You have seen an awful lot of that during the course of their games that there is an attempt. If they get somebody to the tackle then they have the follow-up guys that are trying to strip the ball. So, they just coach it well.”

On Charlie Weis putting renewed emphasis on the rivalry…
“I do not ever remember that it was not a viable game for the University of Kansas, but I am not as close to it as Charlie is. I am sure that he has done some research on that regard. I always thought that it meant a great deal to them, but I do not know the nature of that. I am pretty isolated here. I do not know about the outside world, and I do not know about the KU/MU (Missouri) competition and how that relates to Kansas State.”

On Kansas’ running backs…
“(They are) more similar than not. I think there are some differences, but as soon as I say one guy is a little bit more of an inside runner and the other guy is more of an outside runner, surely they would turn it around and do it the other way around. I think that is probably why all three of them are on the field. They are all good running backs. I think they have some explosiveness to them. All of them seem to have good lower body ability, meaning that they can stay on their feet and carry tackle and still have some illusiveness to them. You know there is a little bit of a speed difference. I do not see a bit difference between them. They can all get involved in the passing game.”

On Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist…
“Everyone is a concern. They have good running backs. That is a concern. His completion percentage is a little bit lower, but he is throwing the ball downfield more. I like the way the receivers run. They run good, hard, crisp routes and get separation from secondary players. I have seen him (Crist) stand on one hash mark and throw the ball 15 yards deep to the far boundary. That is an NFL throw. Those are hard to come by. They are not an easy task, but he is able to do it. I think the receivers and quarterback work well together and that is an issue. As I said before, you do not know what you are going to get. We might spend two weeks practicing against something that we will never see, and on Saturday see something that we have not had a chance to practice. Of course you face that every week, but with Charlie (Weis), during the course of the season, you see different things appear from game to game.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On KU week…
“I think we have been a pretty consistent group. We are just trying to prepare the best we can for this opponent. It is obviously KU, and it is a big game with a lot on the line for all of us that have come to realize the importance of the in-state rival. At the same time, we are trying to, and I think we have, developed a consistent mentality of trying to prepare just like any other game.”

On how Kansas kids explain the rivalry…
“There is definitely a level of importance, and I have been around here long enough too that I feel like I understand it and you do not have to explain it to me anymore. It is really special. Being from Colorado, it is a little different than here. There are a lot of mixed loyalties in Colorado. There are just a lot more teams and a lot of stuff going on in that front-range area with professional teams and things like that. Here in Kansas, it is a little different – you are either a K-State fan or a KU fan and everybody likes the Chiefs, so it is really one or the other. It is pretty special to be a part of.”

On playing KU in Manhattan for the first time since 2009…
“I guess it is just the way it (the schedule) worked out. We have played there two years in a row, and it will be good to be playing back at home.”

On the importance of kickoff returns…
“It is a huge difference. All of our special teams have done a great job of keeping us in good field position and out of bad field position and getting some big plays for us that create some momentum. Not only is the starting position different but just the momentum gained by a big return and the energy going onto the field. It is something we want to be very solid at.”

On Coach Snyder’s emphasis on KU week…
“It is an important game. You have to live with it for a whole year. You either have a Governor’s Cup in your trophy case for a year or you do not. It is good to have it.”

On the readiness of playing after a bye week…
“We are very excited. It will be good. I feel like we have had a good week so far, and we just have to finish the week of preparation the best we possibly can. It is always good to get out there and prove it on Saturday.”