Kansas State Participates in Annual Football Media

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Members of the Kansas State football team met with media members from across the region at its annual media day on Saturday at KSU Stadium. Click here for quotes by head coach Bill Snyder and selected players.<


MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Members of the Kansas State football team met with media members from across the region at its annual media day on Saturday at KSU Stadium. Click here for quotes by head coach Bill Snyder and selected players.

HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER

On their focus this season after winning the Big 12 Championship last season...

"Last year was last year, and this is this year. I've said to our players if you try to live off of that, you might get a cup of coffee, but that would be about it. It was a great thing to happen for all of the young people involved in it, but it's over. If we spend too much time and try to decipher the impact it will have or how it will affect this coming year, then we're looking in the wrong direction. It's time for this football team to cut loose from the past and look to the future and that's what we hope we can do."

On winning the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma...

"It's been a significant part of Kansas State football and it has its place and positive meaning. But as I've said so many times, I would hate to think that the entirety of Kansas State football in the last 15 years is defined by one football game. It is a result of a lot of things that have happened over the years. Yes, it is a conference championship, and it is an 11-4-football team. I don't downplay it. But I don't think it is the culminating factor of our program. Give me a hundred choices of things I'd like to have, and that would certainly be at the top of the list, but there are a lot of other things that we take pride in here. I can go back and look at our 1997 football team that no body anticipated would show up, and they finished 11-1. And if my numbers are right that is a better winning percentage. So maybe it's all relative to a certain degree."

On solidifying players' starting jobs...

"I think the chemistry of an offense, just like the chemistry of a football team, is important. So when you solidify the role of all the people that are involved, and exactly how they are going to interact with each other, I think that is important. But that doesn't mean that you're saying that you have to have five starters in place in our offensive line, that might not be the case. We might be able to say that we have eight guys that are all going to play a specific role on a rotation basis, so you are able to develop the continuity with that as well. So you don't have to completely identify your starters."

On the expectations Dylan Meier faces as starting quarterback...

"Most everybody looks at the quarterback as the guy that performs at a very high level. I am not at the point right now where we would say that we expect any less of him than any other quarterback that we've had nor would we ask any less of him nor would we alter the things that we do more than we would for anyone else. I don't project that I will."

On former Kansas State quarterbacks...

"A guy like Ell Roberson was a playmaker kind of guy, but Ell would be the first to tell you that frost and foremost in his armory of weapons was trying not to create mistakes. So that's just part of the agenda for everybody that has played that position, regardless of what their flair for the game was or what their capabilities were. If they are not willing to trade off a big play for a mistake, then that's just not in our thinking. The same is true for any of the others. You go back to Michael Bishop, and he was a guy who could create things in his own way. But we didn't want to do it at the expense of making mistakes. Jonathon Beasley could also do some positive things, and he made as many big plays as anybody who has been here. But Jonathan decided that even though he could make those big plays, he was able to avoid a substantial number of mistakes."

On the quarterbacks' off season conditioning...

"They have been here and have been diligent and I think they have worked well in the weight room and have done everything that we have asked. They have done 7-on-7 and some other drills with the receivers, and also by themselves, and I'm pretty confident that they have done all that they could in that respect."

On the recent NCAA ruling in regards to recruiting...

"I haven't read all of it yet, but I'm a little concerned about the airplane transportation. My concern may be a little different than some others. We're not going to fly to Gainesville, Florida, and put a young guy on the jet and feed him steak and lobster and give him a reclining bed on the way over; we're just not going to do it. We never have and never will. But we bring them from Kansas City to Manhattan by university aircraft. It's self-defeating to have a recruit sitting in an airport for 6 1/2 hours, and it just doesn't work very well. So it means that either you have to sit them in the airport for a period of time, or you have to take the ground transportation that exists, and that's probably another three hours of sitting in the van. That would be detrimental to the process. I understand the idea of the NCAA ruling. We want youngsters to know what it's all about. I like happy youngsters. I think they perform better, they're better adjusted, and they perform better in the classroom. I think that if you provide all of this fluff, then a year later when they arrive on the campus and the fluff no longer exists, then you have disenchanted people and rightfully so. And that doesn't do service to your football program. So my concern would be just because of the logistics of it. But I'm glad that the NCAA did it, because maybe it brings a lot of people back to where we are."

SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK DYLAN MEIER

On the starting quarterback competition...

"You're going to become better through competition and that's what we are striving for. The more and more reps you get through that competition, you are going to become better quarterbacks."

On his expectations for the season...v
"Bottom line, to become the best quarterback that I can be."

SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK ALLEN WEBB

On challenging Dylan Meier for the starting position...

"I don't really think there is a difference. I still have a lot to learn but it's coming along really well. I think I can run well and throw the ball in the run, and I think I'm a very good passer also. I like to run the ball a lot. I know my opportunity will come and I know when it comes, I'm just going to go with it. He's No. 1 in the depth charts, so that's what it is."

On becoming a better player through the challenge...

"It makes me study more and try to do everything a little bit better. I'm going to try to keep him on his toes and he's definitely keeping me on my toes. It's making me a better person and a better player. Dylan is a great guy and we are good friends. I'm glad to have a good relationship with him. He's a terrific guy."

SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER ANTOINE POLITE

On teammate Cedrick Williams...

"As far as talent, he's got more talent than anyone else here, except for maybe Terence Newman. He's really a shutdown corner and someone who you can put on your best player and he'll perform for you."

On his expectations for this year..
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"My expectations are to help this team win and be more productive than last year. And, to get as many catches, as many yards and as many touchdowns as I can."

SENIOR TIGHT END BRIAN CASEY

On the quarterbacks...

"Allen (Webb), as you saw in the spring game, can scramble really well when he is under pressure. I think they will both (Webb and Meier) be good. They both throw good balls and it is pretty easy to catch them. I think they are both pretty even right now. Allen is a little hesitant when he comes up to make calls at the line and we are working that out and he's getting a lot better. So, I am not worried about that at all."

On being thrust into a starting position this year...

"I'm a lot more comfortable. I know the offense a lot better and I know mainly all the plays. I help everybody on all of the calls and in that sense, I am a lot more comfortable. I am working the same as I did last year, working hard everyday and trying to improve myself to make me better."

On preseason recognition...

"I did not think I was going to make it through last year, after my first three years not playing at all. Everybody likes the recognition, but now I have to go out on the field and prove myself to everybody that I deserve that recognition."

SENIOR KICKER JOE RHEEM

On preparing for the season...
"Consistently, I think it's (his consistency as a kicker) there now. I don't think that will be a big problem."

On breaking long distance records this year...
"Yes, I would like to get in some long field goals, but we will see what happens."

JUNIOR DEFENSIVE END SCOTT EDMONDS

On his outlook of the offensive line...

"I wouldn't say I have any concerns, but I would like to see what our offensive line is going to look like. Dylan (Meier) has a huge role here and I have all the confidence in the world in him. Everyone else on the team does too. I think he's going to have a great sophomore year and I think the offensive line is going to do well too. It's definitely what everyone wants to see."

JUNIOR DEFENSIVE BACK JESSE TETUAN

On transfer players fitting into the program...

"There are a bunch of JuCo guys coming in that are going to make things even better, because they are good players. A lot of times it takes a lot of those JuCo guys to transfer in and kind of get adapted, and these guys jumped right in and they are doing real well. We really haven't done a whole lot yet. It's hard to tell; it's your athletic ability and who's able to play. Like Kyle Williams is going in; he's awesome on the blocks. He has a lot to develop, so it's going to be good to see what he can do. Being able to run with our receivers, there's nobody he can't run with; he's able to cover everybody."

SENIOR CORNERBACK CEDRICK WILLIAMS

On his final season as a Wildcat...

"It's my last year of playing college football and I kind of want to go out with a bang."

On his workouts in preparation for the season...

"We have not run the 40 since the spring, but I think I have gotten faster and stronger. My bench went back up from 320-357. Everything is going really well and I am happy at where I am at right now."

On the defensive backfield...

"It looks real good and there are a bunch of athletes right now. Last year, we did not have a guy to go out deep, but right now there's a big opportunity to do so. We have so much talent across the board and our D-line is great and they really worked hard this summer."

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