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K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


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Head Coach Bill Snyder

GO WILDCATS
Head Coach Bill Snyder
GO WILDCATS

Nov. 16, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the grades of quarterbacks Carson Coffman and Collin Klein…
“I think with passing grades, coaches sit down and assess all players individually – the good things that they do and the not so good things that they do. But then in front of that, we identify whether they get a plus or a minus. It is kind of like in the classroom; they get a grade. It is either a passing grade or a failing grade. They both graded out quite high, really. But that does not take away the fact that we made some dramatic mistakes that cost us dearly. So there is some balance there, I guess.”

On when he will name a starting quarterback…
“I do not have a time limit on when we are going to make a decision. But whenever it seems apparent to do what is best for us, we will make that decision.”

On the improvement of Collin Klein…
“You need to be on the field for an extended period of time for that kind of improvement to become apparent. I know the improvement is there. I have seen it in practice. Again, it is like taking the test – you can study great and have great study time, but you still have to take the test to find out if you knew what you thought you knew. He has made that kind of improvement, in both practice and in games.”

On Colorado’s performance last weekend against Iowa State…
“I think they were emotionally different. I was worried that they would be schematically different than they had been earlier in the year, but it does not appear that there were any dramatic changes schematically. I think it was just the emotional charge.”

On Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins…
“Cody is a very competitive young guy. He is a quality leader and is kind of a gym-rat type of guy. He’s been around it his entire life. He has the capacity to manage a ballgame quite well because of his knowledge of the system. He throws the ball well. He threw for nearly 300 yards against Iowa State. His numbers are going to put him as the leader passer in Colorado history. So he certainly has that capability. He’s a good scrambler. He can move around if you bounce him out of the pocket. He’s very elusive and can keep himself alive in order to get throws off, and he makes some big plays off his scrambling.”

On Cody Hawkins with the Colorado coaching change…
“I think it’s awfully difficult and I admire him for having the kind of performance under the circumstance. I’m sure it was hard for him, but I’m sure it provided a great deal of motivation for him as well.”

On Colorado’s run defense…
“I think they are pretty quick up front. They’ve given up a little bit of size to enhance their quickness. They do a lot of things with their front – a lot of twists and slants. They also do a lot of stuff with their linebackers where you see a multitude of looks. It takes time to work against those things. And they also have good support people in their secondary that do well against the run.”

Linebacker Jarett Wright
On his role on the team…
“I have been doing a lot of special teams, which is pretty much the role I figured I would be doing this season. I worked pretty hard at it. I guess with the ways things have worked out, I have been able to play more at linebacker, which has been a lot more fun.”

On the importance of being ready in case of an injury…
“It is very important. Coach always stresses that you are one play away from getting in there, so you always have to be ready and practice like you are going to be playing that week. That is one thing I have been able to do.”

Defensive End Josh Berard
On the Missouri game…
“We were very disappointed. We felt like we had a lot of missed opportunities but went back and watched tape and corrected a lot of the mistakes.”

On the energy level of the team…
“The energy level is high. Any team that loses has to change something. We either have to pick it up in practice or film study so we are policing each other so that we are completely focused when we go in there (Colorado).”