Bill Snyder Holds Press Conference

K-State Spring Football Press Conference

April 10, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On practices thus far…

“We have had three practices. The first two without pads and the third, Saturday, was our first padded practice. The practices have initially gone well and I am proud of the way they got started. I think our last practice was not as productive as I would like for it to be but basically they have a pretty good mindset about the things they want to accomplish. We got a lot of work in and we have implemented a lot of offense, defense and kicking game. For the new youngsters, it is rather difficult but I think they have done a nice job being able to pick things up. Particularly our returning players have done quite well in terms of retention. With that being said, like I said at last practice, it is not as positive as I would like it to be but overall up to this point and time it is reasonable. “

On John Hubert as running back this spring…
“Everybody goes in, unless you had some difficulties during the offseason program, where they came in at the end of the season. So John goes in as the No. 1 running back. Angelo [Pease] will have the opportunity throughout the spring practice to compete for the No. 1 spot but they are one and two for a reason. I think Robert Rose and DeMarcus Robinson -- all of them have proven themselves over the course of last year more than anything else that they are capable of being competitive as well. Is it John’s position to lose? Yes, you can say that. You could also say it’s the other three guys’ opportunity to win it. That would just mean that John is doing worse then what he has been. Hopefully, it stays competitive because we do better when it is competitive.”

On Tyler Lockett’s eagerness after last season…
“He has done quite well; I have really been impressed with Tyler. He is an extremely hard worker; very focused on what he is doing. He has made a substantial amount of improvement during the offseason program and I think Tyler is a better player today then he was when he finished his season this last year. I attribute the progress of his hard work to the fact that it is important to him, he works hard at it and yes, he has encouragement from his father and uncles.“

On replacing Ray Kibble on the defensive line…
“I think it becomes difficult right now. We have John Sua, Wesley Hollingshed, who is new to the program and Darryl Blackmon, along with a couple of young guys, who are not here presently, who will come in as transfer students out of that pool to replace Ray. I would like to think that we have a quality two deep, but you have to be proven but we will have to find out.”

On David Garrett and the candidates to replace him…
“He did a lot of things for us. He was a very productive player for us in a lot of ways. You do not replace him, but right now, Allen Chapman works at that position and I have seen him make progress in the course of this spring. He got off to a rocky start, but you know with him and Randall Evans and the youngster, Dorrian Roberts, it may be competitive.”

On replacing Tysyn Hartman at safety…
“Well, it will be between a variety of different guys. Thomas Ferguson, who has been with us for awhile, is at the spot and has remained there for all of our practices. I think Randall Evans also served some time there, and a youngster by the name Jarard Milo, whose name you guys haven’t heard very much about, he will have some opportunities there as well. Hopefully, again it becomes competitive, but Thomas has done a good job so far.”

Defensive Back Nigel Malone
On the success of last season…
“Personally, I am definitely hungry. For the team, I know that last year we had a decent season but we did not finish as well as we wanted to. I think the team has taken that as a challenge and will come out next year and finish even harder.”

On what he can improve on for next year…
“I think that I can be a better leader. I sometimes still feel new. I realize that I have been here and went through a full season. I think just being able to put more leadership out there and being a better overall corner. I could work on better cover skills and coming out and just playing better.”

On Tyler Lockett…
“I think his work ethic is something that does not go unnoticed, but I do not think that people realize how hard he works. It is hard to be a true freshman and do some of the things that he did. I think that it speaks praises about his work ethic and how bad he wants to do well.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On Justin Tuggle’s switch to linebacker …
“He is flying around and I think that our whole linebacker group is faster as a group with him, Arthur (Brown) and Tre (Walker). They are all playing hard and every one of them will pop you.”

On building off of last season…
“I think that is our mentality and what we are striving for. We have been perfect at it so far but we are still in the process of getting better. It is a journey and it is a growing process, but we are enjoying it and are having fun together. We are working hard so good things will happen.”

On momentum from last season into spring practice…
“Definitely a little momentum. Just the experience, maturity, knowing what it takes to be successful and how hard it is and also how small the margin is between success and failure. I am just making sure that we are on the right side of that. Everyone is doing that but we are working really hard.”

Offensive lineman BJ Finney
On starting spring practice…
“We come into the spring knowing that we have to improve and we need to help the young guys develop. That is the main thing that the veterans have been trying to do is get the young guys developed and get them ready for the season so they know what it is like. We are taking it one day at a time. Helping them improve and helping ourselves improve, just coming to work every day. My thoughts so far are we are working hard and we are doing well at what we are working at. I tip my hat to how hard those guys have been working.”


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