Playing for the seniors, Sproles

The end of the season is approaching and with that comes the thoughts of what is to come next year and the changes that are surely to be made coming off of this season's losing campaign. And though reasons to play still exist for Kansas State Saturday against Iowa State, so do the reasons to support the playing of young returning talent to prepare them for the future. But K-State head coach Bill Snyder said he doesn't intend to change very much going into the final home game for the seniors.

The end of the season is approaching and with that comes the thoughts of what is to come next year and the changes that are surely to be made coming off of this season's losing campaign.

And though reasons to play still exist for Kansas State Saturday against Iowa State, so do the reasons to support the playing of young returning talent to prepare them for the future.

But K-State head coach Bill Snyder said he doesn't intend to change very much going into the final home game for the seniors.

"I think from day one you would like to get the younger players on the field and give them an opportunity to grow and develop and improve," he said Tuesday. "That just hasn't been the case this year and I wouldn't take away from anyone what they deserve. If a guy works his way up to be a number one and he is a senior, then that is appropriate. I certainly wouldn't cut back his playing time in the final game of the season if he's earned the right to be there. By the same token for the underclassmen that are here, I would be sensitive to cutting back on his playing time because you want to get more time for a senior.

"The fairest and most consistent way is to not change anything."

Snyder added that he doesn't think it is fair to the seniors to be looking too far ahead when there is still one game to be played.

"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 as to changes that could take place within the K-State program. "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."

Sophomore quarterback Allen Webb said that surely next season the ongoing issues and struggles of this year's Wildcats will be motivation.

"We're going to be motivated, because I don't think that anyone here is used to losing," he said. "This program is such a successful program that is based on winning. This is a major blow to us, but we're going to bounce back. That is what this team is all about, so we'll be fine."

Snyder said that no matter what happens, everyone on the team is playing Saturday's game for their owns reasons, whether it be that they are a senior and trying to end strong, or that they are underclassmen and trying to start early for next season. But leave no doubt, Snyder said; they have the, "mindset that they don't want something similar to happen again."

"I think they have a mindset that they want to prepare and play as well as they possibly can," he added. "They have a mindset that they want to win and that they want the seniors to have a positive finish to this."

 

 


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