K-State Holds Spring Football Press Conference

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On spring practice…

“I see progress being made but I also see the inconsistency of making improvement one day in a certain area and then the next day it levels off or drops off a little bit. Part of that has to do with some young guys that just do not have the experience of being able to practice the way we practice or just being in the system over a period of time. I do see progress in a variety of different areas. I think it is early, we are only four practices in, but that is already 28-percent or so of our practices completed. That short 15-day window does not offer you a lot of time to have patience with inconsistencies that exist.”

On the players’ motivation this spring…

“I think that they were excited to get into spring practice. I thought that there was enthusiasm. I do not think that has wavered at all. The worse thing about this and the beginning of practice in the fall that you can always count on is the second day of non-padded practice. It just has a nature to go downhill. If you look at us on a chart, the first day we started off decently and the second day we fell off a little bit and then we began the climb back up. I think that the enthusiasm has been there. We are fortunate up to this point in time that they still have some excitement about what they are doing. We are going to have to maintain that type of enthusiasm for the opportunity to get better day in and day out in order for that to happen. I think the younger players are making the effort to try to learn as much about the system as much as they can. I have great appreciation for that. We have tried to establish a more positive direction in terms of leadership and we have some young guys who are making the effort to provide the kind of necessary leadership for our football team to progress.”

On what Arthur Brown brings…

“I think that we are more athletic at the linebacker position collectively across the board than we were a year ago. You can be more athletic and still have some issues and just the inexperience of being able to be on the field and play the position on a regular basis in a qualified system is still a work in progress. Arthur, Tre (Walker) and Emmanuel (Lamur) all are works in progress but they are making progress and are making headway. They bring more athleticism to the position so I am pleased with the direction they are heading right now.”

On replacing Daniel Thomas…

“The good thing is that we have pretty decent depth. John Hubert enters the picture and Robert Rose enters the picture (in addition to Bryce Brown and DeMarcus Robinson). They each have some capabilities that are significant. I think that there are three guys right now that are contesting for the position. That gives us good depth which is a plus. The negative side of that is there is no experience there to speak of so they are still in the learning process. All of them are doing a commendable job and I am happy with where we are there.”

On the difference between Daniel Thomas and Bryce Brown…

“Daniel is a little bit bigger running back and probably a little bit more fluid, but I am learning each day that Bryce has some of that capability as well. Aside from that I do not know if there is a lot different. Bryce is learning to be a multi-faceted running back. Daniel had some of those capabilities and had to learn some. He took it to heart that it was important to become a complete player. Bryce is in the process of learning that.”

Linebacker Arthur Brown

On his decision to transfer to K-State…

“For me, it was just more of a personal decision. It was just about being closer to home and allowing my family to really enjoy me being in college because they never really got a chance to visit me when I was in Miami. So now they can come watch me and enjoy the games and that is an enjoyment for me as well.”

On being a part of the team…

“I did a little bit of practicing last year but just to be a part of the team this year and at this time, I have really seen it all come together and that has been an enjoyment for me.”

On being on the same team as his brother, Bryce…

“We have played on the same team since the second grade, so to come together now that we are in college and still have the opportunity to play together is going to be great for me, my brother and my family. “

On what to expect from the defense…

“Right now we are preparing to be the best we can be by the time the season starts. I expect a lot of out myself and the fans can expect a lot as well.”

On his personal growth this spring…

“Right now I am preparing to better myself in every area, as far as studying and knowing my assignments, as well as the rest of the defensive unit’s assignments. We are working together as one to accomplish one goal.”

On sitting out last season…

“It started off dragging but as the season went on, it kind of picked up. I got into a routine. I felt like I was gradually making improvement. I felt like I was becoming a part of the team, so it kind of picked up for me after a while.”

Wide Receiver Chris Harper

On the progression of spring ball…

“It is feeling pretty good. We have a lot of guys out there who know what they doing now. We do not have too many new guys, so it is going a lot smoother than last year because back then we had a lot of guys who had not played very much in this system.”

On the depth at wide receiver…

“I think that a lot of guys are seeing that they can contribute to the team. At the end of last year, we had some guys come in that made a lot of plays. I think it is just motivation for a lot of our younger guys that had not gotten to play a lot earlier in the year. We have the opportunity to go four or five deep at receiver, so I think that just motivates the guys to play a little bit harder.”

On his development as a wide receiver…

“I feel pretty good. Like I said at the end of last year, it was just a matter of me getting comfortable at the wide receiver position. A lot of our routes here are a little bit different that what I ran before I came here, so it was just a matter of me learning how to play receiver instead of just being an athlete. So this year I feel a lot more comfortable running routes and running with coverages.”

Defensive Back David Garrett

On the first week of spring practice…

“I would say so far it is going really well. We have some new players and are just trying to get better.”

On linebacker Arthur Brown…

“He gets to the ball very well but I knew that from last year. He is making it really easy on the defensive backs because he cleans up stuff and he hits the right holes. I think that he will be a great asset to the team this year.”


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