"There were no similarities whatsoever," said the 6-foot-7, 300-pound right tackle. Pausing, he added, "Similar, in that we did the same stuff.
Different, in that we did more of it. A lot more of it ... and more of it ... and ran a lot more. It was pretty rough."
In previous years, K-State held its conditioning program at the regular practice time of 3:45 in the afternoon.
But after the 2004 4-7 season, change was in order. Snyder first penciled out a run, lift, stretch program that started at 6 ... in the morning. If someone was late, the session started at 5:55 the next day. If someone was late, the session started at 5:50 the next day.
"We ended up working our way down to 5:30 before finally buying into it, ,and we're better for it," said Clary. "Anything coach (Bill) Snyder wanted to dock us time for, he did. When he docked our time, we deserved it.
"He was playing strong-ball like he always does. Do it my way, or don't do it at all," Clary said. "We finally bought into it, and we're better for it."
While the physicalness of the workouts was muscle wearing, quarterback Allen Webb called the sessions "... mentally tougher, but everyone benefited from it."
As Webb said, "You wake up with a positive attitude to do some thing to make us better. When you're 4-7, you do whatever you have to do."
To fullback Victor Mann, they were days to learn "responsibility and accountability" along with getting stronger, faster, meaner. To Mann, they were days that "... felt like two-a-days."
While Clary, Webb and Mann were all on the field last year, even for those Wildcats who did not take many snaps, they, too, took responsibility for the dismal 2004 season.
"We're all Wildcats," said running back Thomas Clayton.
And it's that type of team camaraderie that Snyder wanted to build.
Problem areas continued to build as the losses mounted last fall.
"The intrinsics," as Snyder likes to call them. Further defined, it includes: a certain work ethic, a level of dedication and discipline, and degree of spirit and enthusiasm.
"I think we made headway in all of those areas," Snyder said. "We needed to be a football team where a significant number of young people would step up and provide leadership. We've made strides, but it doesn't mean we've arrived. We still have an awful lot of work ahead of us."
Snyder indicated that quarterback Dylan Meier's action would be "restricted quite a bit" and added, "I'm quite certain we will hold him from the spring game."
Being listed as co-first-teamers at running back are Carlos Alsup (6-1, 210, Sr) and Thomas Clayton (6-0, 210, Jr).
Alsup has missed the last two seasons due to knee surgeries on each knee. In 2002, he gained 70 yards on 21 rushing attempts. Clayton, a transfer two years ago from Florida State, gained 71 yards on 15 rushing attempts last year.
YOUTHFUL ON THE LINE
K-State's two-deep on the offensive line includes just one starter from last year in Jeromey Clary.
The starting five include Clary, a 6-7, 300-pound, senior at right tackle; Greg Wafford, a 6-2, 315, junior at right guard; Ryan Schmidt, a 6-5, 290, freshman at center; John Hafferty, a 6-3, 305, sophomore at left guard;and, Gerard Spexarth, a 6-7, 290, freshman at left tackle.
SPRING GAME TICKETS
Kansas State's annual Purple-White spring football game will be on April 30 starting at1:10 at KSU Stadium.
Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for K-State students and youth 18 and under.
Fans may then use their football tickets to attend the Kansas State.
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