K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

By: Transcript Courtesy: Kansas State University
By: Transcript Courtesy: Kansas State University

Release: 09/24/2007

Courtesy: Kansas State University

Head Coach Ron Prince

Opening statement...
“We’re really pleased with the week we just completed. I think we got a number of things accomplished. I think we got our players rested than needed the rest and got them healed up. We worked on some things that were troublesome for us in the first three games, and we had an opportunity to try to polish up on some things that we think we’re going to need going forward.”

On Texas...
“We’re going on the road this week to play one of the most talented teams in the country. This opponent has tradition, great coaching and players who expect to win, even when it’s not easy. If you look at the resume of this team, they have been in a lot of very close games in the last couple of years and it’s very difficult to beat them when the game is very close. They have found a way to win. It’s a good opponent for us right now. It’s on the road, which is something we want to improve at doing (playing well on the road). We’re really excited about this opportunity and match-up that we have. We’ll need to play our best and we will need to play aggressively to have a chance to deal with the issues that this opponent is going to give us.

On the Texas offense...
“The Big 12 leading rusher, No. 25, is a pro in every sense of the word. He is a dynamic runner and has no problem with being able to catch the ball or blocking out of the backfield. Right now he is probably the most dynamic runner in the league and the kind of guy you can build an entire game plan around, so I’m very concerned about him. They have two dynamic wide receivers, who are not No. 4. That has me very concerned because No. 4 is one of the better wide receivers in our conference and in the country. They have two other players who have emerged when it come to receptions-per-game and yards.

On the Texas defense...
"They have the Big 12 leader in forced fumbles and the No. 2 player for passes defended. This makes it very challenging when they can defend passes as well as they can and also when they have a player forcing fumbles. They have a defense that is No. 2 in the league in opponent third-down conversions, and No. 3 in red-zone defense. We’re very concerned about that because third down and red zone is where we think you measure yourself on offense and defense.”

On Colt McCoy ...
“I think he’s more experienced and has the ability to get the ball to the guy who is most open. There are some plays where quite a few guys are open because they are difficult to defend. He can get the ball to his guy in a manner in which he can catch it and run. He is putting the ball precisely where it needs to go so the player catching it can get the most yards out of the situation and that is experience. You can see that he is very well coached and that he is very confident in what he is doing and who he is throwing it to.”

On playing at Texas...
“I think for our kids and our program, we have to always start out with saying that we are going play and try to win the game and play aggressively to take control of the game. A team like this has no thoughts about coming to the stadium and allowing us to just hang in there. So we have to do our part to try to play very aggressively and try to take momentum in the game. I think that is how we tried to put the team together – to play fast. In the kicking game, there is part of that and offensively and defensively everything has to be coordinated to try to do that. The crowd and all of the emotion of the game is one of those things that you can’t say doesn’t exist. I’m sure that we will be very warmly received and I’m sure our players will be very excited about that. It’s a lot of fun to go to these types of places and play against these types of players, but we’ll have to play very well and aggressively.”

On the defense...
“We really want to have a great defense. I can’t say that we have one until we can make a big stop at the end of the game. I’ve known (defensive coordinator) Tim (Tibesar) a long time. Everything he has put his mind to and his hands on, he has done very well with. It’s a collaborated effort. We understand exactly how we want to recruit, and how we want to play. Now it’s just a matter of going out and making it work for us, but I’m very pleased with him and everyone else. The turnover margins and penalties have my attention right now. I’d like to get more turnovers on defense, and stop committing those on offense.”

On individual improvements...
“We are a better team than we were this time last week because we have a few more players available at some critical positions. Being up to full strength on defense will help us. I saw a number of younger players start to make some strides in the kicking game. We hope that it starts to transfer over to offense and defense. Right now I’m just thinking of players like Lamark Brown and some other players who are really starting to do some nice things for us.”

On being the underdog...
“I think we’ll be the underdog in most games. At least that’s our mindset. We kind of feel like that is going to be the case for a while. We have a very young team in certain spots and a lot of inexperienced players. They might be juniors and seniors, but in some cases this is their first time really playing in these kinds of games. We’ll have to have some good leadership from coaches and veteran players who have played in these kinds of games before or in this type of atmosphere. I’m excited about it. I like playing against these types of teams. I like playing in these types of venues. This is why you come coach and play at this kind of level and it’s a lot of fun. Our kids are excited about it, so we’ll see if we can put together a good week of practice. If we can put together a good week of practice, then I’ll probably feel pretty confident that we will go down and play well.”


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