Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder said that Monday's practice was spent "… correcting mistakes, watching film and running," and that the Wildcats will take a slow, but steady approach to the rest of the week, which will not include a game on Saturday.
"We want to be careful we don't get ready to play on Thursday when we don't have a game until the following Saturday," said Snyder. "We want to make an accurate assessment to what our issues are and what needs are to be corrected." Snyder said the team would hold normal sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then, "It depends on how we practice and what we still need to accomplish."
While ideally Snyder would like the off-week to be prior to opening Big 12 play in early-October, now he reasons, "Considering some of the issues we have, this might be a godsend." KLEIN'S GRADCARD: Collin Klein completed 13-of-21 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception, plus rushed for 78 yards on 25 carries.
On his quarterback's performance, Snyder said, "He passed the class, but he's not a 4.0 student yet. He has some growth to make, but I'm confident that he will grow."
He added that linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and safety Tysyn Hartman "… are going to be fine, but how quickly they return to full practices remains to be seen." Snyder did say that both were running in Monday's light workout.
Bad luck continues to follow linebacker Tate Snyder, as he underwent surgery on his left kneecap last week and will miss the season. Snyder also missed the 2010 season due to knee surgery.
MORE ON THE OFFENSE:
Snyder indicated that John Hubert would remain the No. 1 running back after his 91-yard performance in the opener.
Of the offensive line, Snyder said, "We have growth to make. We had younger guys on the field for the first time and it was an eye-opening experience for them … but I think they're capable. The mistakes they made are very correctable. There were inconsistencies in their foot work, which maybe came from being a little nervous and not staying focused on their mechanics play after play."
On his running back, Snyder said, "Bryce is getting into it a little bit more. He has the capabilities to do some very fine things. He runs well and has fine speed, and he's just getting invested. He missed the summer and has a lot of making up to do."
And of his linebacker, the Wildcat coach said, "Like the rest of the offense, he played extremely hard, hit well and played fast. Arthur's game mirrored the play of the whole defense. He didn't play perfectly, but he played well. He over-ran the ball a few times, which allowed the ball to be cut back on him a time or two."
SNYDER ON THE BIG 12:
Asked for his reaction on the host of rumors on the Big 12 Conference, Snyder said he was not privy to all that has taken place, but added, "I have faith in the Big 12 Conference and have faith in Kansas State and the people of Kansas State. Whatever happens, Kansas State will land on its feet because of its people. They are fighters and people with tremendous values, which allow them to get through hard times. We'll survive it."
As to the affect the constant chatter has on the Wildcat players, Snyder said, "What I have said to them is that you control what you can control and this is nothing that they have control over. The most important thing is to play the game, enjoy the game and see what happens. Fretting about it is a waste of energy."