Snyder Holds Spring Football News Conference

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

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the competition of positions discussed last Thursday…
“If my memory is accurate I think that when we talked a week ago, on the defensive side we maybe had seven positions that were in very realistic competition with two or three young guys, and that hasn’t changed a bit. When I say that we’ve been inconsistent and haven’t gotten any better, I mean that nobody has put themselves in a position to take command of any of those seven positions on the defensive side. The offensive side I believe I mentioned four positions and they have remained exactly the same. Nobody has really stepped up and put themselves as a clear cut leader in those four categories.”

On Dante Barnett’s spring and the impact of his playing time last season…
“I think it was certainly an advantage for him, but of course he got thrown into the mix at a very bad time. They were throwing the ball all over the place and his head was swimming during that period of time. I think at the end of the day it helped him become a better player, but what I think really helped him was the fact that he gained an understanding that this game is about a lot more than what he thought it was about. So I think it heightened his understanding that he needed to understand more about how the game is played at the position that he plays. In that respect it was beneficial to him, to have all those balls flying over your head and not being able to know which way to go probably shook his confidence a little bit. But he has come back from that, and he is gaining more and more as we go. I think he is one that has become a little more consistent and consistency is something we are lacking right now across the board.”

On the development of the punt and kick return units…
“Work in progress, as most people commonly say. As I said before, the dynamics are different every year. I’m glad you mentioned the other 10 guys, because the other 10 guys make what happens to the one guy, happen; or make it not happen, one of the two. Right now, I don’t think we are where we were a year ago, but I think we are beginning to grow together, so to speak, with each return unit. Still inconsistent, but I think we’ve made some headway day in and day out in that area for the most part.”

On Ty Zimmerman returning with 36 starts …
“Well it can be a terrific advantage as long as that individual, in this case Ty, takes advantage of that. If you take anything for granted on the football field, because things happen just like that, you can become too relaxed, I guess. It’s really important for him to continue to try and improve, and understand that he’s still going to face situations that he hasn’t seen before. I don’t care if you’ve had a million starts, you’re going to line up and something is going to happen that you haven’t seen before and you have to be able to react to it.”

On being a more balanced offense…
“The potential to be more balanced is certainly there, but that is always our intent. In practice, if we throw it once, we’re going to run it once. If we throw it 20 times, we’re going to run it 20 times. We are going to prepare as a balanced football team on offense. The game itself dictates exactly what is going to take place. Balance gives us the opportunity to have a more complete package so that we don’t have to totally rely just on the running game or just on the passing game. As I’ve said so many times, if you want to line up and take away somebody’s run game, you can do it. Anybody can. If you want to take away the passing game, you can probably do that as well. If you always have the capacity to do both, then defensively it’s quite obvious that you have more to defend against.

On players not on campus yet making an impact…
“There’s always that possibility. But I learned a long time ago that putting all your marbles in a basket that you don’t have any control over might cause some problems for you. So I don’t count on that until it happens. Once they’re here we will see how they fit into the program, how they acclimate to the program, how they acclimate to college life and Manhattan and the demands placed on them. Once that takes place then we can see where they might fit in. But as far as trying to project and say, here’s where we are now but we’ve got so and so coming, that can be a disaster if you put your marbles in those kinds of baskets.”

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams

On where he needs to develop to become the starting quarterback…

“It would be my leadership. Being ‘that guy’ on and off the field, because Coach Snyder stresses that it is hard to be a leader if you do not do the right things off the field.”

On working on his passing mechanics…
“I have been working hard on my skills. As far as getting the timing down with Tramaine (Thompson) and (Tyler) Lockett, I wasn’t really throwing to those guys a lot last year because they were Collin’s (Klein) receivers. So we are just focusing on getting the timing down and the chemistry right.”

On Collin Klein helping him out…

“Collin was there for the first spring scrimmage, and he was in my ear as I was on the sideline, telling me what was good, and what wasn’t good, so he is still that coach.”

On the quarterback competition…

“I love it. I can never take a day off, and with Collin it was the same way. We really have just been helping each other out, taking snaps with the first team, so it is not really a dog-eat-dog competition. We are just trying to get better as a team.”

On where he can improve on the field…

“It would probably be recognizing blitzes. Ty (Zimmerman) and those defensive guys disguise it real well in practice, so I try to look at down linemen and see what the linebackers are doing so I can recognize the blitz.”

Senior Linebacker Tre Walker

On developing chemistry in the spring…
“You can always develop chemistry throughout the season. Right now we are in the introductory phase, just trying to get to know them and their schedule, so they know how things are really going to flow for them here at K-State. The biggest part though will be the summer when everyone is calmed down, and moved in; that is when we will really start to grow together.

On spring practices being a grind…
“We come in on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and practice for three hours, and on the days we don’t have practice we are watching film and going through things. Also, with the spring a lot of the guys take on a more of a load in the classroom, so that is hard trying to learn more plays with that schedule. It can be very demanding, and Coach (Snyder) can be very demanding but we wouldn’t want it to be any other way.”


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