K-State Holds Weekly 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
November 1, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the team’s emotions after the loss to Oklahoma…
“Sometimes they are very difficult to read. I know the disappointment was there. The natural instinct is that it breeds anger, and how much of that was there, I would not know. I probably did not put them in the position where they would exhibit that. It does not do me any good to go around and ask them one-by-one ‘are you mad?’ But, I think yesterday and last night I did see a degree of focus on what they were attempting to do. I saw some young guys step up and really try to help and make things on the field a little bit more competitive, which benefits all of our guys to a certain degree. It is a process that you go through. Everybody does not go through the same process. I try to map out what a positive and natural progression might be. That does not mean that everyone is going to pay attention. I have always said sometimes you might be better served to lose by 40 instead of one. But, I do not think anybody likes the kind of point spread we had. A loss is a loss, and to me the worse it is the more repair you have to do.”

On the two teams’ energy before the Oklahoma game…
“Well, we said that we have had the conversation yesterday about how Oklahoma was impacted by their loss and how we may or may not be impacted by our loss. Where that goes, I cannot really tell you. I was proud of our youngsters because, as I shared with them prior to the ballgame, you realize you are going to get to their best shot right off the bat and certainly we did, but our players were able to withstand it and respond to it and eventually take a lead in the second quarter. They did not back down from it. I appreciate them for that.”

On Oklahoma State’s defense…
“I think they have grown into the capacity to create so many turnovers, being the No. 1 team in the nation in turnover margin. They have the most interceptions in the nation as well. They could be playing equally as well and not have those turnovers, but one fits the other extremely well if you can force turnovers. It is like watching the A&M ballgame. That was a reasonably tight ballgame. A&M had three consecutive turnovers and that was it. That is a big part of their game. They are No. 1 in the country. We are number eight in the country in turnover margin. It is a big part of our game for different reasons, and it is a big part of their game obviously.”

On Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon…
“They throw it to him, he catches it and runs it to the end zone. That is just what he does. Some of the best have lined up against him and tried to stop him and have had no success doing it. It is just a matter of, can you do it? He does it. Great receivers are reliant upon a great quarterback to be able to get them the ball. He is very poised. He has a great deal of experience and has been through it. A very cool, calm and collected quarterback. He throws a great ball, and he has great confidence, and they work together extremely well. Blackmon is a guy that just finds open areas. It is not a matter of what the routes are, it is a matter of where you are defensively and he gets someplace else. They work together so well that anytime there is an inkling that they are having a problem, they look and throw the ball out there, I think.”

On the addition of West Virginia to the Big 12…
“I think it makes sense to have the additional team in the conference, I certainly do. I think West Virginia is a good program. Sometimes you have to consider what your options are as well. Whatever the options are, you will have to travel. We are caught in that ‘nobody wants the additional travel, but we want the additional teams in our conference.’ I have been in West Virginia. It’s a beautiful state. I have not been at the university, I’ve just driven around in the hills.”

On what K-State has left to prove…
“I think what our team has to prove is what we expect of our team – to get better week in and week out and that did not happen last week. We have to prove to ourselves that we are able to do that. That is what we are working on right now.”

On possession time…
“I have not changed my mind. Time of possession is great to accomplish what you are trying to accomplish. You have to get the ball in the end zone. If you can hold on to it for a year and a half and not put points on the board, it is of no real value to you. You are playing against teams that score so quickly. They get a point a minute, so to speak. You are going to have possession time, whether you like it or not, you are probably going to have possession time against teams that move and score so quickly and are efficient with what they do.”

Defensive Back Nigel Malone
On being a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award…
“It is definitely a great honor. Coming into the season, that was pretty much the last thing that I was thinking about, but it feels good to just be thought of in that upper echelon group of corners. So it means a lot.”

On having more interceptions than some teams have…
“Like I said, it is just a great honor. I am always going to give testament to the coaches. We have a group of great guys that lead us out there every Saturday. They just put us in great position to make plays. Half of it is just luck and half of it is just being in the right place. So I give that to the coaches.”

On his confidence…
“I really feel the same. I have not really looked that much into it. I am still trying to get used to the fact that I am playing here on this stage, playing with this group of guys. At the end of the season I will let the rest of it come as it may.”

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On moving on from the Oklahoma game…
“We are definitely hurt. We are mad about it, and we are getting focused and getting right for the next game against Oklahoma State. It is good motivation for us.”

On looking at Oklahoma State film…
“It is early in the week and we have been looking at our own film from last week, correcting mistakes, and working on what our schemes are against them.”

On Justin Blackmon…
“Justin is a great receiver. He has strong hands, can catch the ball, can run real well and can jump. Obviously, their quarterback can get it to him and all of their other receivers just as well.”

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On the morale of the team…
“The morale is good. We are not too worried about what had happened on Saturday and it kind of stings thinking about it. We have to put it behind us and prepare for Oklahoma State.”

On teammates being relaxed for Oklahoma State…
“I would not say that. We are all taking it pretty heavily to come back and put out a good performance like we did not do on Saturday and just play well.”

On running the ball against Oklahoma State…
“That it always our game plan. The Oklahoma State defense is a good defense, and they are a really good football team, so we are going to have to come out and stick to what we do in order for us to win this game.”

On the confidence heading into the game…
“Our confidence has stayed the same. Nobody expected us to be 7-1 at this point. We are writing our own future and the guys are remembering that. We are just going to continue to do what we do and hopefully it pans out for us.”


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