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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


GO WILDCATS
Head Coach Bill Snyder

GO WILDCATS
Head Coach Bill Snyder
GO WILDCATS

Oct. 30, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle…
“You name it and it is a challenge. (Joseph) Randle is an extremely talented running back. He runs hard, but he is a smart runner. He picks his lanes extremely well, and they (Oklahoma State) have good depth at that position. Now that they have guys healthy again, they can give him a break when he needs it, and it makes him that much stronger. He is a very fine player.”

On no longer being an underdog meaning trying to find another form of motivation…
“I do not subscribe to the underdog role. Maybe it has been utilized, as many teams use it as a motivational element. Again, if you look across this conference, there are no real underdogs. Everybody has a quality football team. Oklahoma State is as good as anybody. Somebody is betting money somewhere and establishing a point spread, and I guess they win a certain portion of the time and end up making money. They are wrong a lot of the time. The point is we see them (Oklahoma State) and we know what kind of football team they are. Everybody that plays them knows what kind of football team they are. Everybody we play, we know what kind of football team they are. The quality in this conference is absolutely amazing. There are no underdogs, in my estimation, of the conference. Again, it is not getting caught up in all that. It is being who you are, preparing the way you prepare and play the way you are supposed to play. That is all you have control over anyway. We do not have control over any of that other stuff. We are wasting our time, effort and thoughts getting involved in it.”

On Oklahoma State…
“I think it is kind of a collective improvement. I just look at being able to assess them, and our assessment is that they are a physical and rangy group up front. They have good quickness and lateral movement with their linebackers. They are an aggressive front seven and have tremendous experience and speed in the back end. They have been good against the run and pass. The thing about Oklahoma State is they are a tremendously balanced football team. They are up in the rankings in our conference in defense. Their specialists are as good as you can get. They rank high nationally in some facets of the kicking team. They rank high nationally in all aspects of offense. They have tremendous balance, and that has been brought upon, perhaps by, the improvement in each of those areas of their defense.”

On looking forward to a Big 12 Championship…
“Once again, it is my belief that if that is what we are thinking about, we are getting ahead of ourselves. I do not know how many times I have to say it, but we are thinking about our practice this afternoon. I say that with all sincerity. I try to take care of that in terms of our preparation for Oklahoma State, and if there is anything else on my mind or the coaches’ and players’ minds, we are setting ourselves up, and I certainly hope we do not do that.”

On Tre Walker’s leadership role on the team…
“I do not see any change in Tre. Tre will be Tre just like we want all of them to be who they are. He has been a very positive leader, and there is no reason why he would not continue to do so. He is a quality young person. He does things that he is supposed to do and works well in the classroom. He has been a very integral part of leadership in our program. He plays hard, practices hard. He does all the right things.”

On finishing games strong…
“Collectively, in the past, I think we have been better finishers and still not as good as we have liked. Nevertheless, I do not want to say we are late bloomers, but we have been a little more efficient as the game has progressed. Not that it is all in the second half of the games – it might start a little earlier than that. I guess the way I can put my arms around it is we have progressed as games have gone on, whether that is getting acclimated to the opponent and what they do schematically or how they play physically. It is probably a combination of both as much as anything.”

On Oklahoma State’s balanced offense…
“Yes, I think there is a slight difference in the approach depending on which quarterback is on the field. The downside to that is both are awfully good. Both of them have tremendous numbers to support that. It is not a matter of one of them having a great deal more experience than the other. It is just the idea that they are young, extremely quality quarterbacks. One of them is a little more dual-purpose than the other, but the other one can run as well if he has to, and I am sure he will. Any ball game you go into – and you play in a conference where everybody talks about spreading it out, throwing the ball around, etcetera – I do not think there is a football program in the country that does not realize that if you cannot be effective against the running game, then you give them the capacity to do both at that time, and it really is a threat to you. But their running game, as we have talked about it with (Joseph) Randle, is two or three deep in the running back position. They have an awful good auxiliary player or a fullback, who plays extremely well. They are good up front. They have three starting returning seniors that were good last year as well as this year. They are sound, solid up front. They have good schemes and run the ball well. If you allow it to happen, then sometimes it is a little hard to do something about. They can line up and run the ball all day. They have the capacity to say that they are an awfully good rushing football team. They have such great balance. They have tremendous balance in their offense, which makes it doubly hard.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On the offense’s improvements…
“I think last year we went into each game and, we as a team, did not have a lot of balance. One week it might be the defense carrying us, and the next week it might be the offense carrying us. This year, you are kind of seeing a balance across the board in all three facets of the game.”

On the team’s values…
“A conference title is very important to us, but obviously, in the Big 12 Conference, there is no easy game and we still have four huge tests. We are also worried about the meetings that start here at 2 p.m., and we also have practice today. We have to practice better before we can worry about anything. I think that is what is special about this team – we do not have a bunch of guys that are talking about that. You really do not hear that a whole lot in our locker room because we realize that we have a long way to go. We have four tough games left, starting with Oklahoma State this week. We cannot overlook anyone or else we will slip up and lose a game.”

Senior Fullback Braden Wilson
On last year’s Oklahoma State game…
“It was just another game that showed that we could play with those top teams last year, and even though it was a loss and that it really hurt, it boosted our confidence a little bit in that aspect.”

On Oklahoma State…
“Collin (Klein) said that no one on the team that is here right now has beat Oklahoma State. That is a big deal, especially after the heartbreaker last year. This is a game that we really want.”

On how good the offense is playing…
“We are clicking pretty well. We are a little more dynamic than we were last year, and we still like to ground it out quite a bit.”

Senior Kicker Anthony Cantele
On his performance so far…
“It has not been as important as last year. I feel like our offense has done a great job. I still feel like I am somewhat important for field position on kickoffs and helping our defense by pinning them inside the 25-yard line most of the time.”

On the wind affecting the kicking game against Texas Tech…
“The wind was very frustrating. It is usually windy out here, but it is usually in one direction and it kept flipping on us. So that was a little frustrating. I think it affected the distance a little bit.”

Senior Punter Ryan Doerr
On the experience on the special teams’ units…
“I think it has helped a lot. We have been here for a long time. We know what is going on and what is expected. I think we are pretty good role models for the younger guys coming up.”

On goals for his senior year…
“We set goals of what we wanted to do and what we want to accomplish. It is just kind of crazy because it is your last year. You do not expect it to really go by that fast, but this is my last season that I have here. I am just trying to make it count.”

On his confidence…
“I have no doubt that I can punt the ball where they want me to punt. I think it is fun to just sit back and watch our team develop and grow like they have been this year.”