WIBW.com Mobile Site >> Sports
Sports
K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference

Posted: 5:24 PM Nov 13, 2012
Reporter: K-State Sports Information (posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

K-State Weekly Football Press Conference
November 13, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On comparing the 1998 team to the 2012 team…
“I would have to sit and reflect on it and probably read some notes from way back then. To the best of my recollection, it was a good group of young guys that did reflect the values that we are talking about. We are good hard workers. We are competitive, a very competitive group of young guys. We have some good talented young players. I know you do not have an undefeated team without having quality leadership from within. I am certainly aware that we had good leadership. Leadership is not always the same year-in-and-year-out. When I say not the same, the quality of leadership can be manifested in a variety of ways, and as I reflect back on that team, I think Michael (Bishop) was a quality leader for that team in a far different way than Collin (Klein) is. Still, his teammates responded to him quite well in a positive way. People responded to him (Michael Bishop) because he made plays. He was extremely athletic and could do a variety of different things. He made mistakes, but the end result was positive, and that motivated other young players because they knew that Michael could make plays. There is that same feeling about Collin, but Collin’s leadership goes beyond that. They respond to him, not only by what he does, but also what he addresses them about in the areas other than just football, and Michael’s thing was just on the football. I think Collin has manifested a leadership style that encompasses far more than just football.”

On comparing West Virginia’s defense to Baylor’s defense…
“I do not see that comparison. I think having balance, regardless of who you have to play against, is extremely important for us. For others, it is perhaps philosophically having some different concepts. That might not be the case, but for us it is extremely important.”

On saving a travel spot for Tre Walker…
“Tre is a very positive leader in our program, and I think our players have responded to him well. I have wanted his leadership with us in the locker room and sidelines.”

On Thomas Ferguson…
“Thomas got on the field and played reasonably well. He has made some headway, and he has experience in the program. He is beneficial and has played a number of spots, which to me is a very positive thing because it gives you more of a global picture which, playing in the position he played in the other night, you really have to have that. He has become better.”

On his first impressions when meeting Collin Klein…
“The first time I met him was here at Kansas State. When you first meet him, he is the young guy that is very humble. He is very friendly and could engage in dialogue about a lot of different things, but I did not know him in the early part of his career here. I did not know him as well as I know him now. You just learn things about people, whether it is Collin or anybody else over a period of time, when you interact as closely with him as you do in a program like this. It has been such a gradual thing over a period of time, and I cannot say there has been one moment that all of the sudden you said, ‘Wow, this is really a special young guy.’”

On meeting the 16 goals up to this point…
“Up to this point is a critical term. I think it has been good and positive. I think, collectively, they embrace much of that in regards to understanding its value to them as a family, so to speak, or as a football team. I think they respect the values as they would apply to their own personal lives as well. I say that as a point of collectively. You have to ask them individually. I think, individually, everybody has different thoughts, which is quite understandable if there are a few that would say this is crazy stuff and it does not apply to me. You do not know. You have to ask them. To me, my take on all of it is they see these things as valuable to them, and that only makes sense if they are valuable to all of us.”

On Baylor looking like one of the best offensive teams in the country despite its record…
“I do not know of a team that has struggled in the win-loss standpoint that has been as effective and dynamic on offense as this football team. Are they different than others? To a certain degree. There are a lot of the same things that you see from teams that throw the football, but Baylor is starting to create balance in their offense and are running the ball effectively. Stats, to a certain degree, indicate that, but the more that you watch the more you realize that they do have some balance. If you were to take the first half of each ballgame throughout the course of conference play, I think that you would find that there is a tremendous balance between the run and the pass, and their offense is well executed. There is an awful lot of optional stuff in their offense, so they can either run it or throw it on the same snap. They have a variety of different option type things in regards to quarterback read plays, and their quarterback has the propensity to run the football, and they let him do it. There is a lot of balance there, and it is a very dynamic offense.”

On how he thinks the community is enjoying the team…
“There are people that are followers of our program, supporters of our program, that are very gracious. I think they feel good about the direction of the program and feel good about the young people in our program. I get an awful lot of mail and electronic stuff that comes in, and that is the indication that I get.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On having his brother on the team…
“It has truly been a blessing. I know when that when it worked out that he was going to come and play here that both of us were thrilled. Other than my wife, who is my best friend, he is second. He is right there. The times, we were able to share growing up in high school and then to expand that into both of our college careers has been invaluable and something that I do not think either one of us will trade for the world.”

On being named to the Allstate Good Works Team…
“It was a tremendous honor. I know it is pretty amazing and pretty cool what Allstate does with me and trying to recognize people that have served. I have been blessed to be given this perspective by my parents, through my faith and my coaches. When you do serve and try to help people out, it is never with any thought of being recognized or any of that. I know that they recognize that too, but again it is greatly appreciated and an honor to be recognized in that capacity.”

On being on the cover of Sports Illustrated…
“It is pretty cool. You always see that kind of stuff growing up. At the same time, I am just trying to take care of mine and our business here. Just trying to take one more step.”

On Baylor…
“They’ve got some great players. I think their record does not show the quality of team that they really are. They have some very good athletes and very strong kids. It’s just like any team – we’re just going to have to prepare well and then execute our plan.”

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On this week’s game…
“We just have to make sure that we are focused on this week. Like we have been saying all year, we have to go 1-0 every week to get where we need to be. You have to win every game. This game is huge because of what is at stake. The way we went out and practiced, I think everyone understands that.”

On Collin Klein being on the cover of Sports Illustrated…
“I thought that it was photoshopped. I have to get one of those. That is pretty big. He is the most humble guy you will ever meet. It is not going to get to his head.”

On being ranked No. 1 or No. 2…
“We are nothing. I do not look at the rankings. The only time being No. 1 matters is at the end of the season with the National Championship. Being No. 1 is not all about the rankings – It is about the lifestyle that you are still an underdog. Not being No. 1 means a lot more than No. 1 rankings. I think that is how we have to go out and play and practice.”

Senior Fullback Braden Wilson
On the season’s grind…
“It is a grind just like it has been all season. We are doing the same thing, just doing what we do here at Kansas State, just taking it one game at a time, one practice at a time, one play at a time, doing everything that we can to prepare ourselves to get better. Watching yourself as an individual on film, making corrections or even as far as games go, it is the same thing.”

On being 10-0…
“We try not to think about it. I would not say that it makes it easier, because that adds pressure to what we are doing.”

On the offensive struggles last game…
“It was a combination of several things. We are making the steps this week, to prepare ourselves to not let that happen again.”

Freshman Wide Receiver Kyle Klein
On Collin Klein being as grounded as he appears…
“He is the one that reminds everyone else that he is still on the ground. I do not know how he has done it with all the things that have been going on and all the success that he has had and the success that it has given him. He has done a fantastic job on and off the field, and I can honestly tell you that they guy that you see in front of media is the guy he really is.”

On Collin being a better person or quarterback…
“I do not know because he is good at both, but just because it means more to be a better person than a quarterback, I would put the emphasis on the person.”

On what impresses him the most about Collin…
“Honestly his faith, and that is something that I try to emulate. When I say his faith, it is unbelievable how much it means to him. It is the most important thing in his life, which is something I have tried to emulate throughout the years. To me, it is the most amazing part about him.”




Post a Comment
Send Story to a Friend
Send to Facebook
Share to Twitter

WIBW.com Mobile Site Home

Search:

Gray Television, Inc - Copyright 2002-2012 - Powered by Gray Interactive Media