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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


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HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER

On what he saw in Mark Mangino as an assistant at K-State that would make him a head coach someday...
"He's just very conscience about his assignments and responsibilities. He did things professionally and he was a hard worker at it and intelligent about what he did. I think those are head coaching characteristics."

On getting the receivers more into the game against Texas A&M...
"Jermaine (Moreira) played well in the ballgame, and we've known all along that Jermaine has the capabilities that would allow him to do some of those things. His inconsistency is probably what has held him back more than anything else. He put himself in the position to have the opportunity, and consequently it was fruitful. Yamon (Figurs), we've seen through the course of the past couple of months that he has those capabilities. It's a combination of things. It's not a matter of trying to get the ball to certain people, it's a matter of where they will allow you to place the ball and protection is always a factor in your quarterback being able to get the ball where it needs to go. There is a lot that enters into it besides the fact that you've got some guys that can do some things with the football."

On the offensive line play...
"I don't think that we played poorly. Obviously, like everything else, we made some mistakes. What I'm most pleased about is the fact that there were 90 snaps in the ball game, and they took every one of them. When you're carrying around 300 pounds, that's not always an easy task to do. And to do it and still have enough left at the end of the ballgame to make a stand in the fourth quarter, I was pleased with that."

On the similarity of how K-State lost and how Kansas lost to Nebraska...
"They had control of the ballgame at the end of the ballgame and we had control of the ballgame at the end of the ballgame. It was ours to win or lose, it was theirs to win or lose. We were moving the football and two penalties popped up. We were moving the football and a fumble pops up and a sack pops up. We had five drives and 50 snaps coming in five of the first six possessions, and you get points out of three of those, but then there are 20 snaps where you used up a lot of clock, but didn't get any points with. Some of the same things happened with the University of Kansas."

On Dylan Meier's performance during the last couple of drives...
"I think Dylan matured a great deal and made some positive choices and decisions during that particular point in time. Up front, when we were in a position to run the ball, I think we ran the ball relatively effectively. Our receivers made a couple of plays that escaped some tackles and were able to get the ball into the endzone. Of course, it's not the redzone, but we've got the ball at the 38-yard line with ample time to get it in and we make a couple of bad decisions in that series of downs and we can't do it."

On if he will take some of the responsibility away from Darren Sproles...
"The answer presently is no. My decision is not to. My decision is based on what Darren has done in the past and what we believe his capabilities are. And a lot to do with my belief in him. It was unfortunate and nobody feels more badly about it than Darren does. Darren is the type of young guy that I feel confident that when there is anything that would hurt our football team, Darren would be the first one to instigate or promote a change to assist this football team because that is all he's interested in. He feels confident that he can do what he is doing now and do it better. If he has confidence, then I have faith in him, so we'll give him those opportunities and we'll see where it takes us. I think he will be better in that aspect of the game."

SENIOR TIGHT END BRIAN CASEY

On the importance of beating KU...
"It's real important to beat your in-state rival whenever you can. Coach Snyder said last night that he's getting a bunch of letters from K-State fans who said that this is the most important game throughout the year if they had to pick one. There are people all around the state who are either KU or K-State fans so this is a big game for us and a lot of K-State alumni."

On the small spread for the game...
"It's exciting because they are coming in with a lot of confidence because they've played well this season. We have dominated over the past 11 years, so it angers us a little bit that people aren't giving us as much credit as I think that we deserve. We are going to take it like any other game, and plan for them, practice hard, and go into the game like we always do."

On the success of the passing game vs. Texas A&M...
"I wasn't surprised at all. I knew he (Dylan Meier) could do it, he just hadn't had the opportunity to do it because we hadn't thrown that many passes in the games before that. In practice he does it all the time. He had a couple of wrong checks, but he'll make those corrections and do better this week."

SENIOR CENTER MIKE JOHNSON

On the importance to the KU game...
"It's definitely a huge deal. I'm not from the state of Kansas, but I can sense the school pride and I know the game is very important to our people. Coach Snyder has said that he has been getting letters like crazy from people that have been K-State fans for years and have enjoyed the winning streak we've had. It's definitely a very big game."

On his mindset during conference play...
"It's just more motivation to work harder and do things better in practice. It will help to prepare us as well as possible."

On the small spread for the game...
"They are a good team, but we have to try to get to the quarterback. That's our main focus. We will be going after him the whole game."

On the offense...
"We definitely took a big step forward, especially in the passing game. We've been using our running game a little more in the earlier games, so the passing really came through last week."

JUNIOR LINEBACKER TED SIMS

On the game against KU...
"I think the enthusiasm will be great this week. That will turn over to this weekend, and the rest of the games throughout the season."

On playing through his injury...
"It's just a matter of pain and tolerence. The pain is still there, I just have to be able to play with it. It's just up to me whether I want to play or not, but I have to be able to play with pain."

On his injury...
"I'd say it's about the same. It just got a little aggravated during the game. I felt really good when I was out there, but during the third play it just felt like it stretched a little more. Other than that, I just have to play with pain. That's the bottom line."

On defensive halftime adjustments...
"There weren't any adjustments. It was just correcting the mistakes we had, either somebody not in the right gap or somebody missing tackles. We game out second half and played well."

SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK DYLAN MEIER

On the play of the offense against Texas A&M...
"I think we took a step in the right direction. It wasn't great because we didn’t get the win, and that's the most important thing right now. We were pleased with the offensive production for the most part, but it wasn't good enough to get the win, and that's the most important thing."

On distributing the ball...
"I just try to get the ball to whoever is open and let them make plays. If I get the ball to only one receiver and we win, I'm happy. Distributing the ball around is nice, but getting the win is most important and we didn’t accomplish that."

On the final offensive play against Texas A&M...
"We had a choke and go route called and I looked for Jermaine (Moreira). He had a hot hand and was really catching some balls. He wanted the ball and I was looking at him, but his guy covered him pretty well. I went on to my next read, but by then I started getting pressure. I felt I needed to get rid of the ball just to make some kind of play. I saw Darren (Sproles) and flipped it to him, but unfortunately we didn’t get the first down."

On playing at Kyle Field...
"I learned a lot during the game. He (Coach Snyder) asked me if I had learned anything, and I told him I learned a lot. Going down there and playing in the kind of atmosphere is great for any player, let alone being my first start on the road. That's something I can build on and in the end it will help me out."

FRESHMAN TIGHT END RASHAAD NORWORD

On his play and the play of the team...
"So far I’ve been happy with the way I’ve played, but we have to play a little better as a team. We’re just trying to accomplish that one step at a time."

On committing to K-State over KU...
"Actually, I committed to KU, and my high school football coach told Matt Miller to keep recruiting me and that I might change my mind. So when I came up here on my recruiting trip, I liked that they went to bowl games and they won a lot more than KU so that’s what really made me change my mind. Towards the end the decision became easy because when I looked at both, who won and who didn’t win, and the academics, both schools kind of had what I was looking for and I just said, I’m going to go with K-State and win a bowl game."

On this week's game against KU...
"I think we take every game seriously. For me personally, this more of a rivalry for me since I’m from Kansas. I think most of us from Kansas take it more seriously than others."

SENIOR DEFENSIVE TACKLE JERMAIN BERRY

On the significance of the upcoming game in Lawrence against KU...
"I think we take every game seriously. For me personally, this more of a rivalry since I’m from Kansas. I think most of us from Kansas take it more seriously than others. It’s important from a recruiting standpoint, it was important to me in 2000 when I was coming out, so it’s important when people are choosing between K-State and KU."

On whether KU has improved compared to a year ago ...
"Yeah, they look better. They’re a good team, they’re a lot better than they were when we played them last year. We want to keep the winning streak going against them, so that’s something that we take very seriously."

On playing in Lawrence this weekend...
"To me, it won’t be that much of a difference. It’s like playing in any other stadium. Fans are fans and you’re going to have some going against you."

JUNIOR DEFENSIVE END SCOTT EDMONDS

On playing KU this weekend in Lawrence...
"We’ve been watching all of their games, we just saw the one this past week against Nebraska. I’ve never seen Nebraska struggle with KU before, and that shows me that they’re an improved team. They have a good tailback and a good quarterback, and they have some receivers that are going to pose a threat for us. They’re a much improved team and we’re going to have to put up a good performance in order to shut them down."

On the importance of the game against KU...
"This game is always important, if we’re 0-4, 4-0, 2-2, it doesn’t matter. This is the Sunflower battle, and we’re looking to make it 12 games in a row. It’s a big game for both of us. It will put KU on the map if they beat us. They wouldn’t care if they lost all of their games after this one if they just beat us. So it’s a huge game for them, and it’s definitely a big game for us, since it’s the first game in the North."

On out-of-state players understanding the in-state rivalry between K-State and KU...
"Yeah, that was one of the first things Coach Snyder talked about on Monday night. He knows that with the guys from Kansas, we understand how important it is for all of us. And when we go down to Texas, all of the Texas guys want to beat Texas or A&M really bad and we know how important it is for them, so they know how important it is for us"