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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


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Head Coach Bill Snyder

On this year’s KU team vs. last year’s KU team...

“I think they were a good defensive football team last year and I think I’ve seen improvement. They’ve gotten themselves better in that phase. I think their special teams are improved. I think their punter does a nice job, their coverage units do a nice job, and their kickoff guy can get the ball where it needs to go. Those phases are improved, are better. Offensively I think they are struggling a little bit, but I think they run the ball pretty well and I think they are awfully close in terms of the passing game they just haven’t hit on all cylinders yet. Collectively as a football team I think they are better than they were a year ago.”

 

On the level of concern with special teams...

“It’s probably about as high as you can get I would guess. Yes, some good things have happened but we can’t perform like that and expect to be successful or win. It’s not just Jermaine, we’ve put the ball on the ground every ball game. We did some other things. We had a punt block and had the mystery snap. There was a reward if anybody in the stands caught it we would have given them a free trip back to Manhattan. Yes there is concern. A lot of things that happened were out of character with our special teams so its not as though were going to run around and change a bunch of personnel. Nevertheless, we have to line up and play smarter than what we did. It’s true on special teams but also true on some other areas of our offense and defense as well.”

 

On KU’s defensive improvement...

“I like the continuity of their defense. They don’t try to do more than they should, having a lot of experienced players particularly in their front seven but also in the secondary, has benefited them a great deal. A lot of guys have spent a lot of time working together doing the same things over and over again and that is very beneficial to them. It’s not so much a matter of them having to teach their defense to new players as much as it is that they can now get into a sequence of being able to perform day in and day out against the opponent and not have to relearn what they are doing defensively. That’s what comes with experience, I believe.”

 

On the KU vs. K-State rivalry...

“The game has probably taken on far more significance in the last couple years than it has in the past perhaps for both programs. I think the loss last year certainly accelerates the enthusiasm for this football game. It’s obviously very meaningful to the young people from the state of Kansas. I think that has always been the case. I don’t think the youngsters on either side of the fence have taken the game lightly. I think the fan base is always into it considerably, both sides. It’s significant.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Allan Evridge

On his progress towards starting...

“That’s really up to Coach Snyder and the staff.  Right now, I’m just taking every rep and trying to improve.  I have a lot of catching up to do as far as reps go.  I’m just trying to take advantage of every situation I get.”

 

On if he feels he is improving...

“Yes, I feel that I am improving.  The name of the game is reps, especially at the quarterback position and in the offense that we run.  With every rep, the game slows down and it becomes more and more second nature.  So I definitely feel like I am beginning to improve and get things going in the right direction.”

 

On if the game experience gives him more confidence...

“I always feel like I have confidence in myself, and you have to, if you are playing a position like the quarterback position.  It’s nice to get out there and actually experience it, as far as confidence goes.  I really just try to take it like an assignment mentality, where you try to do everything right that play.  It was a fun experience.”

 

Junior Running Back Thomas Clayton

On his performance against Oklahoma...

“I feel like I let the team down.  I feel like, as a playmaker, I should make plays.  Though there were times where I was hit in the backfield and there wasn’t really anything I could do, there were opportunities that I did have that I didn’t make the best of.”

 

On how K-State will counter blitzing like Oklahoma’s...

“We went through our corrections yesterday.  When you watch film and do corrections, things seem a lot easier than they did in the ballgame.  But I think we are making progress and taking steps forward, so we’ll be fine for Saturdays’ ballgame.”

 

On the rivalry against KU...

“It’s an emotional ballgame.  They are our in-state rivals.  It’s a very emotional ballgame and I’m sure all of our guys will be excited to play them.  I’ve already talked to a lot of students, and they are excited and just as pumped as the guys on the team are.  So it will be a big one and a very emotional one for both the fans and the players.”

 

Sophomore Free Safety Marcus Watts

On the KU game meaning more than others...

“It means a lot to me.  The coaches keep trying to tell us what kind of game it is and what happened last year.  They don’t need to tell us, because we know.  I was looking forward to this game since the last season ended.  It’s a game that I’ve had marked on my calendar and I’m ready to play.  It’s going to be a good game.  Two great teams, it’s probably going to come down to the fourth quarter.  I’m ready, we’re ready.”

 

Senior Offensive Lineman Jeromey Clary

On the rhythm of the offensive line...

“I wouldn’t blame it on the fact that we had new guys in there. We went through practice all week with rhythm. We just weren’t able to put it on the field on October 1. That’s what it comes down to; we weren’t the best team last Saturday.”

 

On what the team gained on Saturday...

“What went right is that we got some experience on the road against 80,000-plus fans. We didn’t handle it well, so that’s the negative of it, but we got that experience under the young kids’ belts. Now they had something to base what Texas Tech is going to be like. So it gives them a good experience of what a good big crowd is like on the road.”

 

On how he is helping out the younger players...

“I just keep telling them that games aren’t won on Saturdays, Games are played on Saturdays, but games are won Monday through Thursday. They have to pick it up during practice in order to execute on Saturdays.”

 

Junior Linebacker Maurice Mack

On what this weekend’s game means to him...

“It means a lot, it’s just one of those games where you just want to go out there and play. It’s just makes it better that it’s KU and K-State. State-wide it’s a big, big game for a lot of people. Hopefully we won’t have the same thing that happened last year. Emotions are going to be flying; everyone’s going to be pumped and ready to go. It’s going to be a good game Saturday.”

 

On how the team is recovering from the OU loss...

“We were in a position where we could do things to come back and they just kept on capitalizing on our mistakes. Credit Oklahoma, they’re the type of team that can do that to you. I just feel that if we do the thing we are supposed to do and not make mistakes, then we don’t have to come back like we did on Saturday.”