K-State Holds 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
September 25, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On using the bye week as motivation…
“Well, the motivation has to be to get better – to become a better football team and to become a better player. Maybe there are other motivational aspects for each individual, but you would have to ask them. You know, I’d like for it to be primarily the fact that they would like to be a better football team.”

On the Governor’s Cup trophy…
“I think it always means something to all of the young people in your program and particularly since we have so many youngsters that are from the state of Kansas, and we have quite a few, and so it’s a very meaningful ballgame to them.”

On the defensive line’s play at Oklahoma…
“I appreciate the fact that they met the challenge. They responded to probably a great deal of criticism in regards to how they had played against North Texas, and I think they were embarrassed and felt the needed to certainly play physically at a higher level and play with greater spirit, greater passion, and play harder and they did. I was pleased that they took that step forward.”

On the bye week being a positive…
“Well, I do not know if that will be a positive, whether it is a positive outcome to that or not. I think we will have to wait two weeks to see. Ask me two Tuesdays from now and I will have a better idea. As I said before, I would hope that the week will be spent trying to improve our capabilities and there will be some inspiration to do that. They will have a little time. It will not be the hustle-bustle of trying to get prepared for the next opponent right away, but the positive thing is we need time to continue the improvement. By the same token, sometimes when you come off of something very good, you like the momentum that you have. We respond in a variety of different ways to open weeks. I do not know. I cannot tell you whether we will or will not. I would like to think we would if we improve our practice habits, and we improve our capabilities during the week of practice, then we will have accomplished what we wanted to.”

On the schedule for the bye week…
“We use it in virtually all ways that you can imagine. The important thing is that you utilize the time wisely. It is so easy to say, ‘Well, you have a two-week window here.’ We do not have to do all of the physical work that the players do, and so players need a little bit of time. I could not have said this last week because I was not sure. It kind of depends on the outcome of the game. It is coming at a reasonably appropriate time. We met yesterday, but we did not practice yesterday, which we normally practice Monday. We will practice throughout the next three days, and then we will have meetings on Friday and have an AM practice on Saturday. Our coaches looked at a lot of different things, the major thing that they are looking at right now is what we can do to assist the players in becoming better players, better units, and, consequently, a better team.”

On the mental and physical strength of the team…
“I think everybody did a tremendous job of being able to make the trip in such a manner that gave our players the opportunity to mentally prepare well for the ball game. It was the first time traveling to an environment like the one that is in the stadium in Norman, not an easy task. For the first time – we have a lot of youngsters that made those types of trips before – but a lot of them have not, and there is always the potential for distractions. People like Sean (Snyder) and his assistant Inge (Jorgensen), and all of our support staff, trainers and managers, etcetera, did a wonderful job of making everything so smooth that it gave our players the opportunity to do what we talk about all the time, and that is stay focused and keep the game between the white lines when you get to the stadium on Saturday, and that is what gives you the opportunity to be successful and they did that. So there were a lot of people that were involved in making all of that take place and run as smoothly as it did. Once they got involved in the game, I thought their focus was excellent, and the discipline to keep the game between the white lines truly was there. I think they responded appropriately to the crowd noise. All of that was very positive and gave them the opportunity to succeed. Arthur (Brown) does not execute that assignment (pass breakup) without a great deal of focus, and communication was important after the snap. Chris (Harper) to have the focus and the concentration to go up and make the play that he did, which was a major play in the ball game, and I think that all came because a lot of people helped put them in a position to do it, and they had to do it and they certainly did. I was pleased with them.”

On Ty Zimmerman…
“He has made strides in all aspects of his game, certainly in his leadership role and certainly in his performance level. One that you would add to that is the tackle on third down around the 10 yard line down there really put them in a position to where they had to line up and go for the field goal on the next snap. I thought he played well even though he had the dropped interception, he would love to have that one back, which was a big play in the ball game, but still he played extremely well as so many of our youngsters did. I was pleased with the way he prepared and the way he played.”

On Ryan Doerr’s performance…
“Number one, Ryan is a good worker. He takes a lot of pride in his skill level and his contribution to our football team and special teams. The result of all of his kicks was positive, and some of them probably were not as good of kicks as he would like, but the fact is that he put them all inside the 20-yard line. He has become a pretty good pooch kicker, and Sean (Snyder) works diligently on that. We got some excellent field position. That certainly helps the entirety of your football team, but anybody on the defensive group that comes up here and visits with you will tell you how significant it is. When Oklahoma has to start on its own 10-yard line instead of its 30, it is a big difference, a major difference, and it has an impact on the outcome of the ball game. It is a field position ball game, and there are a lot of things that contributed to field position and certainly Ryan’s punting was one of them.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On how the team is performing…
“I think we have made some improvements in some areas, no question about it. In some areas, we have taken a step back looking over the last few years. There are a lot of people to thank for that and a lot of work and sacrifice that has been invested in this team, this program and in each other. A lot of seniors the last couple of years that are not on the team right now have contributed and laid a foundation that we are continuing to build here. We are moving in the right direction, but it is still just work and we are trying to get better.”

On the importance of a bye week…
“I think it is going to be what we make of it. I know that some teams would rather keep playing, keep the momentum going. Sometimes teams prefer a break. This bye week is something we have, and it is what we make of it. We are just trying to get a little rest and try to rejuvenate a little bit, and also, at the same time, get better. A lot of good things that have happened this year are a result of that mentality, and we just have to remember our mode of operation. What has got us to this point and just keep it up every single day. We take care of the days in between and we will be just fine.”

On how Coach Snyder relates to the players…
“I think just the common ground of the commitment that we all have made to be part of this team. We all want the same thing. Coach wants us to be the best we can possibly be individually, the best we can possibly be collectively as a team, and I think we all want that too.”

Senior Linebacker Arthur Brown
On Ryan Doerr’s performance…
“Obviously, every aspect of special teams plays a huge part in the outcome of any ball game, so we definitely took a lot from Ryan Doerr as well as he did. He gave the defense great field position.”

On the improvements from last year…
“I am very proud of our team. I look forward to keep improving each day throughout our week of preparation. This week is a prime opportunity to improve, with it being a bye week. So I am definitely looking forward to that.”

On the final time playing KU…
“It is a great deal of pride, not only for us as a team, but for the community. We take great pride in this game, and there is a lot that goes into it. Not only from our end, but the community’s end as well. I know there is going to be a lot of energy and a lot of passion during that time.”

Senior Punter Ryan Doerr
On his performance against Oklahoma…
“Well, the offense moved the ball really well and put me in the position to be able to put the punts inside the 20. I just wanted to get out there and help the team out as much as I could and hopefully pin them deep.”

On pride in his punting craft…
“I think all punters have pride in what we do. It is not really easy, and I do not think people really understand how hard it is. We go out there and practice it quite a bit.”

On art of the pooch kick…
“We practice it every day out on the field. It is not the easiest thing to do in the world, and it does take a lot of practice. I still think I could have punted the ball a little better and a little deeper on some of them. Our guys running down the field did a great job of getting in positions to down the ball too.”

Senior Linebacker Jarell Childs
On the pride of scoring non-offensive touchdowns…
“We take a lot of pride and our coaches told us before the game that if we want to win this game, we need to score on the defensive side of the ball because Oklahoma has a great defense. So we took it upon ourselves to get in to the end zone.”

On his progression at linebacker this season…
“My goals were to be a better linebacker. Two years ago I was a starter and then I tore my ACL. So I was just trying to get back to where I was – just learning and developing as a linebacker and trying to be the best linebacker that I can to help the team.”


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