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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


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Senior Kicker Anthony Cantele

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Senior Kicker Anthony Cantele
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Nov. 27, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On significance of Senior Night…
“I think it would be very meaningful to them. It is a lifelong memory, I am sure. I would like to think it would be for all of them or most of them. It is something they can take a great deal of pride in because they had such a major role having come through the program over a four-year period of time.”

On the impact this senior class has left…
“I think that is true for every senior class, regardless of what the outcomes happen to be. Over someone’s career here, to go through the program and the demands of the program as well as the demands of college football as it is today and do it with such a passion and caring attitude, is significant. I think that holds true for virtually every senior class that we have had.”

On having a chip on the team’s shoulder…
“If that attitude does persist, I would hope that it would be throughout our team and not exclusive to one particular group. I think we have won collectively and our loss is a collective loss. Our preparation needs to be a collective preparation. Our attitude needs to be exactly the same thing.”

On his reflection of the season…
“I have not reflected back on the season collectively, and I have not reflected forward. I have reflected on our most recent game, and our preparation for the one that is coming up. That is where my attention has been.”

On the differences between the 1998 and 2012 senior class…
“That is a good question. It would be hard to make the comparison having it been some time ago. I think, collectively, the general statement that I could make is that I think they all have a desire to succeed. They all had some of those intrinsic values or accepted those innate intrinsic values to try to improve their life. We have always talked to this group of players having the first groups that went through were recognized collectively, and that meant from the very beginning all the way through the entirety of our tenure here as they wrote that article about the greatest turnaround. I did address this team when I first came back that they were in position to totally replicate that to become maybe the second greatest turnaround. When you go back and look at them, if they were fifth-year seniors they won five, six, seven and then 10. They won 10, so it is not sudden, and that is exactly the way it happened the first time. It was not sudden. I have always said so many times, it was not like Las Vegas grew out of the sand. It just happened gradually over a period of time. I think that is what happened with these guys and it allows them to understand the value of daily, consistent, gradual, step-by-step improvement. My hope for all of them is that it plays over into their lives, and I know it has for the group that was here throughout those other years.”

On battling injuries in the Big 12…
“To play the kind of schedule that Texas, or anybody in our conference plays ourselves included, it is truly difficult. You look at a nine-game schedule within the conference as opposed to an eight-game schedule. Having 12 games now instead of 11, that is a real drain on young people, and to stay healthy during that period of time is by the grace of God that it happens. It is not an easy task. You look across the board whether it is us or someone else everybody goes through those things, and some may be a little bit more fortunate than others. As far as our preparation for the University of Texas with their two quarterbacks, we do not really find a significant amount of difference. I do not think Texas did either. It is just they had to put somebody on the field. I think they feel equally comfortable with both of them.”

On what it would mean to him to win the Big 12…
“I would be excited about it. I would be pleased about it, and pleased more for the people that are so actively involved, our fan base, for our players for our coaches, their families, and all the people that really care so much and, in so many cases, make so many sacrifices for they hope to achieve.”

On the difficulty of playing in a conference with 10 teams…
“I think it goes back to what we were talking about a minute ago. I think it is week after week, and you have to have good fortune to stay healthy. You are looking at a team that has 73, 74 scholarships. We are very limited in that respects. It creates a depth issue, and when you play those kinds of games, you do not have the good fortune of being able to play a lot of your younger guys to try and help in their development. So you suffer in terms of depth and you suffer with the added suffering that goes with injuries that diminishes your depth and the ability to bring young guys on. All of that fits in there and really makes it complex and difficult.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On the opportunity set for Saturday…
“It is huge obviously. You get to 11 wins. You would be the conference champion. There is definitely a lot on the line, but at the same time, we just have to get back on track and get clicking on the things that have brought us this far and the things that have made us successful. It is a daily process we are working on right now.”

On the offense being upset about its play at Baylor…
“We definitely need to get back on track. There is definitely that mentality. I do not know if I would call it anger. There definitely a lot of emotion and just build up of, ‘we just have to get back on track.’ Our last two performances have not been stellar. There is definitely a lot of motivation there. I do not know what you want to classify it as, but there is definitely some emotional motivation.”

On what he sees out of Texas…
“They are a good team. They have some very fine athletes. They can run around and run to the football. It is going to take some good effort.”

Senior Linebacker Arthur Brown
On what Senior Night will mean to him…
“I really recognize that I am blessed to be a part of this team. It means a lot to me now, and I definitely think that there will be a lot of emotion that comes out during that moment. Not only me, but a lot of us as well.”

On his growth as a person in college…
“It relates a lot to my on-field play as well. Basing it off my performance, I would say that I have grown and exceeded the levels that I could even imagine. I thank God for the opportunity that he gave me here. It really helped me being around a great group of guys, and a great leader such as Coach Snyder. That really transformed me and molded me into the person I am today.”

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On this being any other game…
“No, this is big, it is the Big 12 Championship on the line. It is a huge game.”

On issues getting over the Baylor loss…
“You have to move on. If you are still depressed about that, then you have a ways to go with maturity. We have to move on. We came out prepared that week and I guess they came out more prepared and they won.”

On what they have to play for…
“We have a lot to play for, and I think the guys understand that. That break was good. We needed to step back. I think the guys needed it to reflect on where we are at in the season and I think that it helps where it was during the season.”

Senior Kicker Anthony Cantele
On the perfect ending of the season…
“It could not be set up any more perfectly. To be able to play on senior night for at least a share of the Big 12 Championship was our goal coming in. We were picked sixth in the conference and with the chance of playing for the title, it could not be any more perfectly.”

On the mindset of the team during the bye week…
“At first, everyone was disappointed and then anger set in. Once we practiced again, it was more focused and people started to realize that it was the last time we get to play at home, especially our seniors. We all want to end this season the right way.”

On the leadership of Coach Snyder…
“There is no question. His record speaks for itself. The fact that we have increased our win total every year shows how good of a job how he is doing. He has installed a lot of leadership throughout this team from the bottom up. That has really helped us gradually improve throughout the seasons.”

Senior Punter Ryan Doerr
On Senior Night…
“I have been here for five years and I have suited for each year. I have seen players come and go as an underclassmen. You never realize what it is like until you get there. Everyone says you are going to miss it and to take advantage of everything. I have been trying to take advantage of my opportunities. It is definitely going to be a little hard taking the field for the last time, but it is a good memory to have.”

On the importance of this game…
“I guess the fact that we are playing for a Big 12 Championship and it being my last game at home, it could really be a heartbreak or just one of those things that you will never forget. It is kind of one of those implications for what can happen for our team in the future and it has a little bit of added pressure to it. No one wants to let anybody down, so we are going to go out and play our best.”

On being from Texas and playing Texas…
“We have a lot of guys from Texas, and it is always fun playing against those teams down there. I have friends that play on all the other Texas teams, so it is fun to play against them. It is fun to have a little playful banter back and forth.”