Baldwin is out and Norwood is Back In
K-State head coach Ron Prince came to the podium during Tuesday's press conference and some good and some bad news for the media.
His opening statement said that cornerback Bryan Baldwin would be out for the season with an undisclosed injury and tight end Rashaad Norwood will return from his one-game suspension.
Prince on the status of Baldwin
"Bryan Baldwin will be out for the season with an injury that he suffered during the Louisville game. He obviously had a really good start to the season. He's been a very big part of how we've played on defense and has brought leadership to the secondary, developing a number of young players with his leadership. He'll continue to do those things – we will just lose his services on the field. We expect him to make a full recovery in time for the spring, but he will be lost for the remainder of this season.
He also made a statement regarding Norwood
"Rashaad Norwood will return to action this week. We'll see how the practices go. We have a pretty competitive situation right now at tight end, so we'll see how that goes as to who starts at tight end. Right now, if we were to go out in a two-tight end set, Rashaad Norwood would go out on the field to start the game."
Running back Thomas Clayton on importance of the Big 12 Conference opener...
"We have to respond and we have to respond big. Obviously we can play, we just went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country."
"Baylor is going to be an exciting unit from what I know, and they are going to be up for this game. There will be a lot of emotion on their side of the ball and at the same time, I don't think their record (1-3) reflects how good of a team they are. As long as we prepare like we are supposed to it doesn't matter who we are playing."
Defensive end Ian Campbell on Louisville being a measuring stick for where this team is at...
"They were a good measuring stick. They're a very talented team; in my eyes they're a top-five team. I feel like we showed we could play with anybody in the nation. Of course we wanted the win, but that's not what we got. I think were going to be able to go after that and it's a good step to get ready for the Big 12."
Safety Marcus Watts on playing Baylor's spread offense
"They make a lot of space. That's one thing that we have to do is close up that space on defense. There are a lot of open holes on the field. We'll have to be ball-aware. That's one thing that we've done well this year is be aware of where the ball is. The coaches have really stressed that on us."
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson on first road game of season
"I think we will be fine. A lot of people that are on the team now played with us on the road last year, we will have crowd noise this week in practice to help prepare. Besides that, that's all you can really do until you go play a game on the road, you have to experience it first. This will be the first one and Baylor will be good."