K-State looks back, hopes to finish strong

It's that time of the year to start reflecting on what has happened or has not happened over the course of the football season. And for K-State, it's especially hard because after Saturday, the Wildcats' season is over. It's a game against Iowa State that head coach Bill Snyder already said will define how this team is remembered, whether they finish with a win or collapse like a box after the loss at Colorado. Are the Cats up the challenge?

It's that time of the year to start reflecting on what has happened or has not happened over the course of the football season.

And for Kansas State, it's especially hard because after Saturday, the Wildcats' season is over.

It's a game that K-State head coach Bill Snyder has already said will define how this team is remembered, whether they finish strong or collapse like a box after the loss at Colorado.

With that in mind, as Saturday's game against Iowa State nears, many in the Wildcat program are starting to question their own performances this season, the early high expectations, and for the seniors, what it'll be like to play their last game.

"I've been trying to think of how I'm going to react when I go down that ramp one last time, but when it happens, I don't know what I'm going to do," senior cornerback David Rose said. "Whatever happens, will happen."

Rose said he fully expected to end in Kansas City again this season to play in the Big 12 Championship game.

"Nobody expected that this was going to happen," he said. "We all thought that we were going to go back to Kansas City this season. Nobody ever could have or would have predicted that we were going to have this type of season. Everybody was optimistic coming into the season, and there were never any signs that we were going to have this type of season.

Senior tight end Brian Casey has taken Snyder's comments to heart as to how this team is remembered, and said that he has always and will always give 100 percent in every game.

"I'm not a quitter or anything like that," he said. And just because this game doesn't really mean anything to us, doesn't mean that our preparation is going to be any different. We're going to go out there and practice hard and make ourselves better and hopefully finish on a good note."

It's because of the seniors' final game that Snyder said he hasn't given a lot to thought to the changes that he said will take place when the season is over.

"We are working on it right now and I haven't really given a great deal of thought as to what we need to alter and change in terms of anything, personnel or otherwise, for the coming season," he said. "I will certainly do that immediately after the season is over.

"As for next year, I don't think that would be fair to our seniors to do that before the remaining ballgame that we have. We are still under the same mode that we have always been in. We are still trying to prepare as well as we can for this ballgame."


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