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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


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Oct. 19, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On last week's game at Kansas...
"I thought we played well, both offensively and defensively. I thought we were consistent. Our execution was good and without major errors. We made some big plays. We did not hurt ourselves with turnovers or penalties. That, coupled with the fact that KU could not come up with any big plays and they gave up some big plays and they were penalized quite a bit, was beneficial to us. I think the ball bounced our way on numerous occasions. If you play well, you are more apt to come up with some of those breaks, and I think that is what happened versus Kansas. They are a better team than the scoreboard showed, they just had some things not go their way."

On Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III...
"I do not know if there is one specific challenge, they are many challenges. He can run. He can throw. He can lead and motivate his team. He is a complete player. He is fast, quick and he can change directions fluidly."

On defensive back David Garrett's success...
"I think it was just a matter of experience and his development over time. He is a feisty little guy, and he is physically tough. I think that it has always been there with him. He just fits the mold of some of the things that we look for. We have been so blessed over the years with guys that are like David, guys that were not highly recruited and that were walk-ons. We have been through that so many times. I just think back on so many of them. David is just one of those guys. He has a tenacity about him, and he has the capacity to play hard and play with spirit and emotion and the toughness that goes along with it. He is a good young person. All of those things just kind of fits us, so he is just one of those guys who came in here without a lot of notoriety."

On linebacker Alex Hrebec...
"He is very steady and consistent. He always plays hard and is always into the game. He is one of those guys that if you put him on the field for 70 snaps, he is going to play them all the same way."

On the Baylor offense...
"This is, collectively, the best Baylor team that I have ever seen during their time in the Big 12 Conference. Offensively, there is probably not a lot that they cannot do. If they wanted to, they could probably just line up and run the ball right at you. They have a 295-pound fullback that could probably assist that. We know they have a fine quarterback and running back that have the ability to run the ball, whether it be with the option-game or the quarterback run-game. They have receivers that can run extremely well and they have good hands. They have good blockers who are big. Their offensive line averages around 313 pounds and they can block very well. Collectively, they are probably as good of an offensive line as I have seen up to this point in time. There is not much that they are lacking."

On the Baylor defense...
"They have apparently made vast improvements from the previous years. They have taken secondary players and moved them to up to the linebacker position to give them a great deal of speed on their second and third levels. Their front four is big and very physical. They are long and can get their hands up, and they can redirect how you throw the football and how you sit in the pocket. They are big on the inside against the run. There is 670 pounds between the two defensive tackles. Their talent is well distributed throughout their defense."

On the possibility of becoming bowl-eligible...
"I think everybody would enjoy the opportunity to do that. In my experience, when we have gone to bowl games, the fans have been excited about it. We have always had such great attendance at bowl games. But, if you do not get there, you are not making any progress. But if you do get there, it is always my feeling that the additional time that you are afforded in order to help develop younger players is dramatic for your program. The few extra weeks of practice and meetings that you would not have otherwise goes a long way in the development of your younger players."

On the connection between bowl-eligibility and program success...
"That has to be part of the process and part of direction. If you did not get there, it would signify that you are not capable of winning very many ballgames. I think it is part of the progression."

On the importance of offensive balance...
"I think it is always significant. We have not won very many ballgames when we have not had balance, and that carries over for the defense as well. It is very significant and it does make a difference. Any football team is hard to defend when it has the ability to do both consistently, so it is very important."

Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert
On the feeling of coming off a good offensive performance at KU...
"It feels really good. It is a big confidence booster for all of us and a momentum builder. It feels good to be able to put together a performance where the passing game and running game are working. We have to figure out what we did well against KU and try to duplicate the same thing against Baylor this week."

On if practice has tightened up since the Nebraska game...
"I think any time a game like the Nebraska one happens, you get the feeling that you have to tighten things up in practice a little more. I do not think that the practices leading up to the Nebraska game were sloppy, but I can tell things have tightened up since then. Any time you go on TV like that and get embarrassed, you try to finds ways to make sure that does not happen again."

On the feeling of almost becoming bowl eligible this early in the season...
"We do not talk about it that much. We just concentrate on going 1-0 each week. I think that is what has made it possible for us to have this opportunity at this point in the season. Hopefully we can go 1-0 and not have to worry about becoming eligible the last couple games of the season."

Quarterback Carson Coffman
On Baylor's defensive speed...
"They look really fast on film, but we have not seen a whole lot - only two days worth. The film we have seen definitely shows that they have some quickness."

On bowl eligibility...
"I think we are just letting it come when it comes. At the beginning of the season, I thought that we would become bowl eligible, so this is just another game that will help us accomplish that. It is huge for the program, especially for recruiting."

Fullback Braden Wilson
On what he has seen on film of Baylor...
"Baylor looks big and really fast. We are going to have to be extra prepared to play this game to make sure their speed does not beat us."

On bowl eligibility...
"To us, it means a lot because there are only a hand full of guys that have been to a bowl game in this program. So it is a big deal and means a lot to us."

On what Carson Coffman's reaction was to last week's game...
"Carson was Carson. He was pretty humble about it. He handles success well, and I expect him to keep doing the same thing as the season progresses."