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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


Nov. 5, 2013

K-State Athletics

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the uniqueness of having two quarterbacks among the Big 12's top rushers and passers...
"In all in sincerity, I guess it is unusual. I do not pay all that much attention to all of those numbers, but somebody has to get the yards. My response to it is that it is not enough yards. I do not care where they rank. We could use more yardage out of them."

O
n the difficulties of opposing teams that must prepare for two dual-threat quarterbacks...
"I do not know. Everybody sees it a little differently, and I would not want to project what I would do about it. That would not be very wise of me, but I would like to think it presents some issues, some concerns anyways to a certain degree.  But once again, there are a whole bunch of other guys and not just those two guys. There are a whole bunch of guys that are awfully good at what they do or whatever those numbers for (Sams and Waters) are not going to happen. We are not going to complete passes without pass protection or good receivers that are doing what they are supposed to be doing. We are not going to run the ball if we do not block people. It is that simple. I mean, that is not simple. It is a lot more complex than that."

On the challenges of defending Texas Tech's Jace Amaro...
"They tell me he is about a 4.6 guy, and that is pretty good for the kind of size that he has. If you never saw him and just looked at the numbers, you would realize there has got to be an issue there. What did he have, 15 catches last week and leads the conference in receptions? He is very physical after he catches the ball as well. He presents major problems to anybody, I think, and they are the obvious ones. They want to get the ball to him, not at the expense of disrupting their offense. They spread it around and get it to a lot of different people. When he can get a crease, they will get the ball to him, and he is physical enough that he can catch a ball in a crowd. Where he is really dangerous is when he is advancing the ball up field. He is a really big guy working against smaller secondary players, so if he makes those catches, he is pretty physical after the catch and can rack up yards after contact. He gets a lot of yardage that way, and I do not know what the numbers would be there. I have not seen him catch the ball and somebody come tackle him in his tracks. That just does not seem to happen."

On if there are challenges in facing a newer, younger coach in the league...
"I think so. You just do not have the familiarity with their system. You do not know what all is there because you have not seen it all over a period of time. Something new presents itself over every week and those will be ongoing, so we will see something that has not seen and we just do not know what it is. Now if somebody has been in the league for a long time or you have competed against them year in and year out, then you have a back log of those kind of things that you can rely on to give you a little bit better understanding of what their system is all about."

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n how he tries to relate to his players on a daily basis...
"I just try to be open and honest with them. I applaud them for the good things they do and address the things they need improvement upon and try to relate everything to things other than football. I think all of us really believe, the "old school guys," believe that it is relative to what takes place in the rest of their lives. You are probably better served to ask that question to the players that have been through the program, but in time I think they realize there is great value in the lessons learned in a football program, on a football field, in a practice environment, in a game environment and just in a belonging environment. I try to relate those things to our players. More of my dialogue with our players is probably when we are not involved during practices. So twice a year I sit down with each one of them and we address all of those issues. What is going on in their life? What their family life is about. What is going on academically? What are their goals in life and what do they want to accomplish? You have the opportunity to garner all of that information and they all get a form that they have to complete that defines what their priorities in life are outside of football, what goals they have established based on those priorities and how they plan to go about achieving them. Then we sit down to talk about those things as well. So I get a pretty good feel for what each of them is all about and what is important to them."

On watching Kliff Kingsbury grow from a quarterback to a head football coach...
"I cannot tell you that I ever thought about it along those lines. When he did get into coaching, he got in with Kevin (Sumlin), and Kevin spoke highly of him. I think he is just in that group of guys that have all been together and they all speak highly of him. I do not know Kliff well, just that we have met that first time he played here many, many years ago. He always seemed like a pleasant young guy and, as a quarterback I thought he was awfully bright. He managed their system extremely well, and I thought he was a good leader. If somebody said at the time that he would get into coaching, that would not have surprised me I do not think."

On the difficulties Texas Tech's offense presents and how their offense relates to Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Baylor...
"There are a lot of similarities in the offenses. He and Dana Holgorsen were together, so they all have some input in the structure of that kind of offensive package. I guess to answer the question, there are a great deal of similarities with all of them. They spread you out and try to find open areas. They have a multitude, just a plethora of offense and things that they can do. One of the big concerns is what we call gadgets or their trick plays, and those are just part of their offense. Some people make it unique and others just make it part of what they do, and for them it just part of what they do. Whether it is offense, defense or special teams, they are going to put something on the field that might considered trick plays by some but it is just part of their system. They can do a lot of different things because they have receivers and backs that can throw the ball, and they can utilize them in that respect. It is just a lot of that stuff that you have to prepare for."

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n the importance of limiting big plays against Texas Tech...
"Whether it is Tech or anybody else, it is important. For a team that is coming off of throwing the ball 70 times in a ballgame and taking 100-plus snaps every once and a while, then you know they are going to cast the ball down field. It is not always those deep throws. It can be those five yard throws that result in 80 yard plays, and they have the ability to do all of that. Yes, it is a major concern week in and week out. Probably with a team like Tech, it is probably as big a concern as any that you have."

Junior Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On the confidence level of the team...
"I would say that it has not wavered any. Everybody knows that it is not an overabundance. We are just busy working, trying to improve and make ourselves better each and every day."

On if there is any urgency to get a win out of state...
"I would not necessarily say because it is out of state. We still need to win to be bowl eligible and that is what we are working for. That is the sense of urgency that we have to have."

On the Texas Tech defense...
"Their defense has always played hard. They have always played physical. It is no different this year. There are guys up front that are very physical, very tough, big guys that are hard to move, and they are athletic, pretty quick. We are going to have to execute and finish our blocks."

Sophomore Kicker Jack Cantele
On how he feels he is kicking the ball...
"I am hitting it pretty well. I am not as consistent as I would like to be with my ball striking. I just need to be more consistent and practice that way."

On the two-game win streak...
"We have seen ourselves improve every week. It has been a long time coming for these wins. They are overdue, and we know we are capable of winning every game we play. It has been nice to see us improve every week, not take any steps back."

On the mindset of the team...
"It has always been, `Be 1-0 today.' We are not even worried about the game right now. We are worried about today's practice and today's lift."

Sophomore Defensive Back Dante
Barnett On trying to get revenge for losing their first two road games...
"I would say so for the defense since we have not had a road victory all season. We look at this as another challenge coming off a big victory last week to go on the road and get another win."

On what he has seen on film of Texas Tech...
"I have seen a little bit of both. They use the pass, though, a lot. They want to make big plays down field, but they are not scared to run the ball either."

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On some of the key points that the offense has to emphasize this week...
"Scoring whenever we get to the red zone. We cannot walk away with field goals. Tech has an explosive offense. We want to try and keep them off of the field as well. It is really just finishing drives inside the 20 and not walking away with field goals."

On what makes Texas Tech stand out from the other teams this season...
"I feel like they have the best all-around speed as a defense. I feel like if we play the way we have been playing and fix some small and minor mistakes that we have been making, I feel like we will have the same success that we have been having the past few weeks."

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On Texas Tech's defense...
"They are very fast. They are very physical as well. They are just a hard working team. I know that they are going to be tough playing against them, but we are going to have to go out there and work on not taking so many short steps and make steps that will help us to be exactly where we need to be."

On the team becoming more consistent...
"I think it just started with us just getting tired of losing and getting tired of things not going our way. Sooner or later, things are going to start turning around. I think that everyone is starting the see that the storm is finally passing and that we see everything that we are capable of doing. I think that everyone is starting to jump on the bandwagon and starting to figure out everything that we want to accomplish throughout these last four or five games. Just having confidence in the coaches, knowing that they are not going to give up on us, is really giving us that push to keep going."

On the wide receivers' play the last few weeks...
"One thing that Coach (Andre) Coleman always says is that, `You have to make the catches that are right there and even tough catches that people do not expect you to make if you want to be a great receiver.' He teaches us how to high point the ball, especially when it is a one on one situations where the defensive back has the chance to get it. So that is what we try to do. He tells us a little motto, `If we cannot get it, nobody can.' So just being able to have that in the back of your head and trying to fight for every single ball and try to make every single play that you can, because you never know when you are going to get another chance."

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On if there is any excitement to get back on the road...
"Yeah, there is definitely some excitement for us to get back on the road. I think that we are taking a lot of good steps in the right direction, and it is going to be a good challenge for us on the road."

On what makes Texas Tech's offense different than some of the other offenses in the Big 12...
"This offense is very talented and very dynamic. Like I said, this game is going to be a challenge and we are willing to step up and accept the challenge. It is going to be a good week."

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