Tuesday Spring Football Press Conference Quotes

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder addressed the media in Tuesday's spring football press conference.


Tuesday Spring Football Press Conference Quotes

KANSAS STATE HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER

On the QB position...

"Dylan (Meier) will start out as the No. 1 quarterback and Allan (Webb) will start out as the No. 2 quarterback. Our policies will remain the same where a player will go into spring practice exactly the way they came out in the fall. Dylan was higher on the depth chart than Allan was. That is the way we will go in, and hopefully it will be very competitive throughout the course of spring practice. We will see where it goes from there."

On Dylan Meier's analysis of the offense...

"I was very impressed with Dylan's bowl preparation. I think that he's got a great deal of confidence about himself and when he was put into that situation, he handled the extrinsic things about the position itself — the ability to make decisions, to be able to go to the line of scrimmage with confidence and to utilize the verbal system that goes along with it."

On Webb's position right now...

"He's not extremely close right now in regards to the capacity to grasp the entirety of our offense. But that is understood, because he hasn't had the opportunity to have the on-field aspects of it. He probably has a pretty good grasp of what we do and how we do it, but he hasn't had the opportunity to do that on the field, and Dylan has."

On the makeup of the team...

"I think it's just a new team and I've said that year-in and year-out. Regardless of how many people you turn over in the process, whether you have a lot of replacement to do, or very little, it's still going to be different. The makeup of young people and the environment year-in and year-out has it's own identity. They are different, and they have to make their own way, just like every other team has had to do."

On the off-season program...

"I thought it was a pretty good off-season. I thought the players were focused on what they had to do. They didn't make the attempt to bypass the out-of-season program to spring practice. They understood the value of taking it a step at a time. I thought we ran and lifted well. I thought our agility work was good. I think that we have made some headway through the course of the out-of-season program. And most importantly, I think this group of players has drawn themselves closer to seeing what it's all about."

On the size of the offensive line...

"The size of young people today is amazing. We had a group of high school underclassmen on campus this past Saturday. All the linemen that were here looked like college linemen. I remember that when I was in high school, the largest offensive lineman was 204 pounds. Right now, you say large and we have a number of 300-pound linemen. Across the country, a 300-pound guy is pretty average."

On Mike Johnson moving to center...

"I think Mike really enjoys the move from guard to center. He can be very productive at that, because he has worked a little bit at that position. He would have been the back-up for Nick (Leckey) this past season if it was necessary. It's a unique position to football. You have to be a pretty sharp guy and be able to direct the offensive line."

On Darren Sproles' off-season...

"He's stronger. He has enhanced his lifts, and therefore increased his strength. I think he's recognized that it's his time to step up to an even bigger leadership role. I've kind of seen that over this period of time. You can't take for granted that he's going to be every bit as good as he was last year, but you have to hope that he's there and can improve. Darren does everything you ask him to do, and more. He has really made strives to be a better football player, and I think it can happen."

SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER ANTOINE POLITE

On the quarterback situation...

"They both bring a lot of important qualities. They are both tremendous athletes. They are both good runners. Right now, we're trying to get our timing down, getting our receivers out on the routes in time and getting them (quarterbacks) to hit us right when we get out of our break. That's what were working on right now. We are trying to get them some experience and that's what spring ball is going to be about."

On what he likes most about Dylan Meier...

"I love his confidence and work ethic. He's worked hard all winter trying to get the playbook down. I'm really impressed with the way that he's pushed himself and tried to push the rest of us on offense, so we can all get on the same page."

On what he likes most about Allen Webb..
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"Webb's got a little learning to do, but he's a tremendous athlete. He's a great kid out of Colorado and we're looking at big things out of him this year. It's going to be a learning process for him getting into the swing of things."

On if there is a different feel to the team this year after winning the Big 12...

"It feels good. We have a lot to live up to now. We had pretty good year last year, and to live up to those expectations is something we have to do this upcoming season. It's what we are looking forward to."

JUNIOR LINEBACKER MATT BUTLER

On the leadership role Ted Sims and himself will have this season...

"It's important that we tie the front and back together as linebackers should. I don't think its going to be a problem because we have great chemistry on defense and if we work together we will be alright."

On the excitement of moving from middle linebacker to the outside...

"It's exciting to come in and play at a different position and be with the guys in my class that I came in with." On how hard last season was... "There were a lot of ups and downs. There was a lot of adversity and I learned a lot from it. When you go down, get hurt and have a cast on your arm, there's not a whole lot you can do."

On the difference of this year's linebackers...

"This year's group might be a little bit more vocal. This year we'll be a lot bigger in size and we're some hard headed linebackers."

JUNIOR FULLBACK VICTOR MANN

On taking over at the fullback position..
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"I'm at fullback, and I'll probably play a little tight end also, so I'm doing the same thing, whatever the team needs. My main focus right now is to try to earn a starting spot at fullback. It's going to be really competitive between Ayo Saba and myself so we're both going to be right at it. Coach is going to play the best one at the position, so I'm just going to prepare myself to do whatever the team needs."

On taking over the position after Travis Wilson...

"Those are big shoes to fill. Travis has been the number one fullback for the past two seasons, and he played very well. I wish him luck at the next level and he'll be good. I'm looking forward to getting it (the spring season) kicked off and doing the best I can."

On playing fullback during the MU game last season...

"It's always a joy to block for a person like Darren Sproles. He's one of the better running backs in the nation by far. It's easy to block for him, because you only have to block for him a little bit and give him a seam, and he's off to the races. There was not a whole lot of pressure on me, I was just trying to do my job and I was happy to be in there doing it."

On going into the spring season without the starting quarterback position solidified...

"We have total confidence in Dylan Meier and Allen Webb, and I feel whoever steps in there will be the guy and he will be ready by the time that we play the first game of the season."


On how his role will evolve this year...
"I feel that I am going to have to be more of leader this year than I was last year. I want to take on the role of being out there for every single play when my team needs me and doing everything it takes to help my team be successful."

JUNIOR FULLBACK AYO SABA

On what qualities Dylan Meier brings to the team...

"Dylan brings a lot. He's a real smart guy in the classroom, as well as on the football field. He's young, but he's well above his years. He's smart and he knows what's going on. If any of us have questions, we can look at him and ask a question about anything, and he'll blurt it out like it's nothing. He's young, but he gets a lot of respect from a lot of the guys. Some people may doubt him, but they shouldn't do that, because he's really good. He is audible, and likes to run a variety of plays, and he likes to experiment with certain things and try new things. He has earned respect from a lot of people."

SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER TONY MADISON

On the past two years...

"It's been real hard, and I was used to playing at JuCo and starting for two years, but I've been taking this time to get ready and I think I'm very prepared to step out on the field."

On what has kept him off the field...

"Really, I think it was that I wasn't fully ready to play. I needed to learn the offense and everything, and I've just been taking time to learn all of that. In JUCO the offense was a lot easier, and the play calls were easier. When I came up here to play it was way more difficult to learn the system."

On what got him over the hump in the learning process...

"I got more help from my teammates, and the coaches helped me out. I just took the time to run the plays over and over and it really helped me learn. James Terry was my roommate, so he helped me all the time."

On his strengths as a wide receiver...

"I think that I'm more of a big-time receiver, more of a big player. I'm not as quick as some of the other guys, but I'm more powerful. I think that I am a good deep ball threat."

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