K-State Holds First Weekly Football Press Conference

By: K-State Sports Information (posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: K-State Sports Information (posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

K-State Weekly Football Press Conference
October 16, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the players’ will to win…
“I think there is a positive mindset about our players. It has just grown year in and year out, and I think we all recognize that it certainly was a valuable asset a year ago. Up to this point in time, it has become so this year as well. I think it has been a steady improvement.”

On West Virginia…
“They have a very talented football team, and it is not just Geno Smith. They have extremely fine receivers. They have a very talented offense. They have good specialists. They have good return guys who also serve as wide receivers. I know their numbers have not been as good on defense, but they have been able to outscore people. They have been able to play well on defense when they have to.”

On how Texas Tech was able to slow down the West Virginia offense…
“Part of it is they are very good, and their quarterback is an extremely talented young guy as well. They threw the ball well. I think it was a matchup that tended to favor Texas Tech in the regards to the passing game. Tech has been playing very well on defense, and that was the key to the ball game. They played extremely well on defense, and the fact that their matchup on offense probably favored them a little bit because they can throw the ball as well as they do.”

On K-State’s offensive matchup against West Virginia…
“We have to view all of the ball games that they have played and find what it is in our system that would fit in our preparation for West Virginia or any other opponent that we play. It’s not a matter of taking things. It might be philosophic thoughts in regards to how you defend Geno Smith or how you function in special teams or offense. You might tend to say with our own schemes we can philosophically do something similar to what may have been done.”

On scouting West Virginia…
“We put a decent amount of time on them, but being the seventh game of the season, I’ve said this before, during the winter months, we do scout reports and watch video tape and scrutinize all of our opponents. Everybody does that and that is winter and spring, collectively, before we start spring ball, and then we do it again in the summer. The teams that get the vast amount of attention is obviously the earlier ball games. We still try to scrutinize West Virginia in all of those time frames that I talked about.”

On putting pressure on Geno Smith…
“It is difficult because they do a nice job up front. They pass protect well, and they run block well. They are big, physical and tall. I think I said last week, it was very similar to Iowa State in terms of having guys that are 6’6”, 6’5” across the board with, for the exception of their left tackle who is 336 (pounds), with the rest of them around 305 (pounds). They are big young guys, and then they put a small 5’9” running back in behind them. Sometimes it’s hard to see the running game, but they do a nice job of protection. That is part of the reason why they have had such success in the passing game. (Geno) Smith is extremely talented, but he has a lot of people around him that help. That just makes it harder for you to do whatever you want to do – cover him or rush him.”

On it being important to keep West Virginia’s offense off the field…
“Yes and no. If you keep them out of the endzone and off the field, that is a real positive thing, but if they are scoring a mile a minute – it is good in either account I guess. I do not want them scoring seven points a minute either, and they are very capable of doing it.”

On West Virginia’s offense looking like Texas Tech or Oklahoma State…
“I think the latter is correct. I mean, you see similarities in what he (Dana Holgorsen) and Mike (Leach) did at Texas Tech, and what they did at Oklahoma State. You see some new things added to it as you go. I think it is just a matter of tweaking the offense, and his tenure goes back even further, as far as the initiation of it, with Hal Mumme. He was with Hal for awhile as well. He has been on the ground floor of the development of that offense.”

On how pleased he is not giving up big plays this year…
“That is important to us. It is important to any football team, and it was important to Texas Tech against West Virginia. That is easier said than done. Am I pleased that we have for the most part? Yes, but as I have said this (West Virginia) is probably as talented of a group as I have seen. I have not really studied Texas Tech’s yet, but this is a very talented group of wide receivers. They can run. They have good quickness and change of direction. They attack the thrown ball. It is a really good group.”

On West Virginia’s offense being something that you have not seen…
“It is not things that we have not seen before and that other people do not replicate. It is just how they do it. That system has always been a heavy execution system. It is not tremendously broad-based. It is just about taking a few things and doing extremely well with them and do that. So they can adjust on the move after the snap of the ball. It is a hard offense to defend against.”

On the pride that the team has playing a physical style…
“I think they probably do. I guess if you get the ball into the endzone, then your offense can look pretty flashy no matter how you get it there. I have an appreciation of, as I have shared so many times, the value system and the intrinsic values of our young guys collectively, for the most part, and I think that is what Chris (Harper) was reflecting upon. You know a mindset of that it is not important of how it gets there, but that it is important that it does.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On being the underdog this Saturday…
“Well, it is going to be a battle. I know they were going to be in a little bit of a different spot going into this game, but again, we know that we are going to get their best shot regardless. It is just a matter of trying to prepare the best that we possibly can this week, and we will see what we can do.”

On him and John Hubert running the read option so well…
“We have practiced it quite a bit. We have taken a lot of reps last season, spring, summer and camp. When you do something as much as we have done it, then I hope that there are no mistakes. There is some human decision making involved. So we are not always perfect on where the ball should go. We do the best we can and keep playing. He runs extremely hard. It is just awesome to play with him, and we got to keep at it.”

On being patient and allowing running holes to open…
“I have probably become more patient as I have gotten older and run it more. I know that it is a balance because sometimes you have to wait and feel your way through it, and other times you have got to go. If you wait, then it will go from bad to worse. It is just a feel thing. I know I have probably improved just from understanding the blocking schemes better and knowing exactly who is accounted for, exactly how each one of them is going to be blocked and all those little things that maybe give you half a step. Maybe I might not be as quick as another guy, but I know exactly how it is going to fold out. It is a fun part of the game.”

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On not being the talked-about offense…
“I think it is good. Pressure is how you look at it. You cannot put any more pressure on us than we can ourselves. I have never seen any outside pressure. We put it on ourselves to go out there and put up points.”

On the wide receiver unit…
“When we throw the ball, we throw it efficiently. We have a lot of guys that can contribute in the passing game. Torell (Miller) has not had the ball thrown to him a lot. He is a guy that can contribute. We have other guys that can too. Zach McFall had a few catches a couple years ago. People do not remember he is still a member of this team. He could go out there – he knows the offense. We have a lot of guys that go out there and make plays.”

Senior Fullback Braden Wilson
On having long drives…
“We are going to have to control the clock, play defense with a good offense, which is kind of our game. We just have to make sure to go out and do what we do best.”

On scoring on long drives…
“We take a lot of pride in it – that is our style of ball. It shows what we were doing was working.”

On the amount of penalties at Iowa State…
“I honestly have no clue what it was to be honest with you. I watched myself running a little sloppy. I do not have an explanation for that it was just one of those times.”

Senior Defensive Back Jarard Milo
On how to stop their receivers…
“All three of them are great wide receivers. All of their wide receivers are great. We have been watching film on them and each and every one of them are great. Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are their main wide receivers, and they are good guys. It will be a big challenge for us. They come out and play the game just like us.”

On how the scout team is replicating West Virginia…
“It is difficult. We are not getting the speed that they have, but our scout team members are doing a good job replicating their routes and trying to live up to their speed. It is difficult. We can only tell when game time comes.”

Senior Punter Ryan Doerr
On situational punting…
“If I can keep them out of the endzone, it is good. I put one in the endzone last game, so that hurt a little bit, but keeping them deep should not hurt my average too bad if I keep them inside the 10.”

On West Virginia’s explosiveness…
“Every part of their game seems to have more and more speed to it. All their returners this year are great. We have watched a lot of film on them already. We do not want to have to give them the ball back, but if we do, then we have to be really cautious about giving them the edge, because they have a lot of speed.”

On his technique…
“I like to keep shorter steps, which makes me try to not over stride. I try not to pull my shoulders back a lot, because I do not want to get under it too much. Try to drive the ball down the field, but yet still get my leg up a little bit to get some hang time on it.”

Senior Place Kicker Anthony Cantele
On his kicking this year…
“If you look at the stats, I think it is kind of funny that before this last game I think my longest was a 25, but I think that also says a lot about our offense and that we are able to score. Coach Snyder actually said this the other day, he does not like those chip shot field goals because we want to get into the endzone. I have been able to convert so far, so I am thankful for that.”

On feeling pressure when he jogs onto the field…
“Not really. Once the game gets going, then you do not really think about that very much. After the fact, I will think back, and ‘ok, maybe that was important, but in the end it does not matter too much.”

On the importance of special teams Saturday…
“It is extremely important, especially considering the returners that they have with both Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin who are incredible returners. So that is going to make a huge difference if we can contain them and give Geno Smith more of a field to work with. That is going to be huge in the end.”


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