K-State Weekly Football Press Conference October 8, 2013

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K-State Weekly Football Press Conference
October 8, 2013

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Baylor’s opportunistic defense…
“I think they have just gotten better year in and year out and are getting acclimated to Phil’s (Bennett) defense, and he is a tremendously talented football coach. They are playing awfully well on defense and that is what goes unnoticed. They have been pretty decent, also, on special teams, but they have really been very talented on defense. You think in terms of turnovers and of their interceptions that have been returned for touchdowns. They have picked a fumble and returned it 92 yards or something like that for a touchdown. They have this massive number of long-yardage plays. I think there are like 55 plays that are 25 yards or more and five or six of them belong to the defense. They are opportunistic to say the least.”

On K-State’s recent turnover struggles…
“As I have said, I think we have to be a more disciplined football team and that encompasses the penalties and the turnovers. It is just a matter of doing things the appropriate way. There is a way to prevent most turnovers, maybe not all, but most. There is a way to prevent penalties, maybe not all as true in this ballgame, but for the most part there is a way to do that and it takes a great deal of focus. It is not that the youngsters are not trying, that is not the issue. It is just being able to, like all of us have to do – whatever it is that we have to do – we do it right or we do it wrong, it takes a great deal of discipline to do it right all the time. Discipline, focus, concentration, whatever the case may be, the right decision making that you have to make – all that goes into play. Certainly we are not, as I have said, not that they are not trying, but we are just not as disciplined right now as we need to be.”

On the importance of time of possession against Baylor…
“Well, I do not know. We had the ball for 21 minutes in the second half of the ballgame last week and turned the ball over five times, so those two numbers do not go together. You would like to say yes, you need to sit on the ball and have a major amount of possession time but other things enter into it as well. If we have the discipline not to have the turnovers and not to have the penalties, then that possession time would have won us the ballgame. This week, you know, a lot of teams have had possession time on (Baylor). It does not take them a long time to score. The point being, we have to play defense as well because every time we get it, they are going to get it regardless of how long we have it.”

On trying to stop Baylor’s potent offense…
“You just have to do the things that you do the best and try to figure out what they do the best, and what is the best way within our system to be able to slow it down or stop it, one of the two. I do not mean to make it sound easy. What are they getting, 1,000 yards a game or something like that? Obviously it is not easy no matter who you line up and play against.”

On seeing lesser-experienced wide receivers step up against Oklahoma State…
“They are good young guys. They are conscientious and they work extremely hard. There is a reason why the other two were starters. These young guys just have not had the experience and all of a sudden they are on the field. We had five receivers on the field at one time last week and I am not sure I knew all of them. We have just kind of been hitting down in the depth chart, but they are good young guys and they work hard and do things the right way.”

On how to compete against a Baylor team that puts up huge numbers…
“Score more points, but that is true no matter who you play. Some people talk about goals and a major goal that we have outside of our 16 goals is for our offense to score more points than the opponents’ offense and for our defense to hold the opponent to less points than our offense scores. I know that is rather simplistic, but at the end of the day that is the statistic on the board that makes a difference.”

On the time of possession helping the defense against Oklahoma State…
“Yes, I think it always does, particularly against teams like Oklahoma State or like Baylor that go so fast. There is either the need to be extremely well conditioned or have some rest time that comes along with it. I like to think that our young guys are well conditioned, but you can always use some time on the sideline talking about it, too.”

On if Daniel Sams’ errors against Oklahoma State can be corrected…
“I think they can. I was telling our players the other day you go back and you look, the turnovers were a major difference in the ballgame, including the penalties, but we made other mistakes well. We are not a totally polished football team aside from the penalties or the turnovers. I think as you look back on it, most every coach would say they are all correctable and we are trying to correct them, and I said it exactly that way to our players yesterday. It is just common-coaches jargon or coach speak, whatever it is that you call it, to address it that way. In reality, and they always know that I am going to be very forthright with them, the mistakes that we made, whether it was the turnovers or the penalties that we had in the ballgame, they are very manageable in terms of being able to correct them – to go to practice and make the corrections and sustain the corrections. That is the ultimate definition of being able to correct a mistake is that they stay corrected over a period of time. But, it all is very, very manageable, yes.”

On Baylor’s rushing attack…
“I think the balance that they have within their offense is really what allows them to do so many things so well. I say so many things, it is not that they have a plethora. They are somewhat basic. Their running backs – (Lache) Seastrunk, and there are two or three running backs that are pretty decent, but obviously Seastrunk is a very, very talented fellow. They run the option – or zone read is what most people call it – and they run that very well. They run a power play very well. The passing game – they have some very fine wide receivers. Their quarterback makes good decision. They have played four games, and they have had 55 plays that have gone for 25-plus yards. Now as I have said, five of those have been on the defensive side of the ball and one was in the kicking game, but there is a substantial number somewhere in the vicinity of 12 or so offensive plays each week that are 25 or more yards. They had 11 against West Virginia, and West Virginia is not that bad of a football team.”

Junior Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On what goes through his mind when he thinks of Baylor’s high-powered offense…
“We have to play as a family. We are going to have to come together. We are going to have to play better than we have been playing. We are going to have to do it together.”

On what the offensive line struggled with most against Baylor’s front seven last year…
“They ran a lot of blitzes, a lot of looks that we did not game plan for. They ran a little bit differently than we had prepared for. Obviously, that is good for their defense.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Kyle Klein
On being 0-2 in Big 12 play and not panicking…
“Panic has never entered his (Bill Snyder) vocabulary, which is a good thing. It is more just keep working, keep improving, minimizing our mistakes and improve on them. It is definitely not a time to panic. We just need to go back to work and get better every day. One of these days, if it is this week or next week, we are going to come out on top. Once we do, we will just keep doing what we have been doing.”

On the play calling without Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett…
“Honestly, that is more of a question for the coaches, but just from the experience we had against Oklahoma State, we did not call the game any differently. We ran the game plan we had prepared and that was it.”

On turnovers last year vs. this year…
“It is kind of crazy to think about. Considering we were 5-0 last year and now we are 2-3, it is not hard to see where the train left the tracks.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On if there is a fine line between keeping the plays in front of you and not getting beat deep…
“Yes, it is all about reading your keys and being patient. You always have to be disciplined playing defensive back because the moment you are not disciplined, the receivers are going to get behind you.”

On the numbers the Baylor offense is producing…
“They put up numbers like this every year. Baylor has always had a high-tempo offense like this every year.”

On how it feels to be back at home…
“It is always nice to be at home and play in front of your home crowd. It is always nice to have their support for the team.”

Sophomore Defensive Lineman Travis Britz
On what he remembers most about playing against Baylor in Waco last year…
“I remember that the energy was not there like it usually was. That is something that we are trying to emphasize with the younger guys. I have seen firsthand how not having energy does not help you at all. We really need to come into the game, really be energized and have the attitude that we will win.”

On Baylor’s running game…
“They are very big, physical and well-coached guys. We need to focus on the little things to really execute our job.”

Sophomore Defensive End Marquel Bryant
On the defense taking a step forward last week…
“At the end of the day, it is always what needs to be done. We just need to work on our steps. We need to go out there and play our best.”

On seeing the offense drive the field before turning it over…
“It hurts, but you know it is a team thing when we go out there. We have to be ready to go, and we are always ready. If something happens and there is a sudden change, we have to get out there and play it out, try to get a three and out, and give it back to the offense.”


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