Ready to 'Mess with Texas'

This will be the last time the seniors of the Kansas State football team will get to step onto Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Some of those players will be looking to have a positive influence on the outcome of Saturday's matchup with No. 4-ranked Texas. It's Senior Day and it is not all Smiles. This will be the last Home game for some- the players have to say about playing the #4 Longhorns.

It's not all smiles for the seniors, however, as wide receiver Jermaine Moreira will have to watch his final game as a Wildcat from the sidelines.

Coach Ron Prince announced Tuesday that Moreira has sustained an undisclosed season-ending injury. Prince also said that safety Marcus Watts could possibly be ready for the bowl game, if the Wildcats get selected to play in one.

"Marcus made it clear he would be ready to go Saturday night," Prince said. "He was texting me, calling me and he even sent me e-mails on the trip from the bus ride to the plane after the Colorado game. He wanted to make sure I knew he could play, but of course we will have to make sure the doctors clear him to play."

The Colorado game is over and the Wildcats are bowl eligible, but the celebration of last week's win is over as they prepare to do battle with the defending national champions.

Coach Ron Prince on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy

"This quarterback may not have the same dimensions as Vince Young, but he is very comfortable and poised. He would be terrific in whatever offense he is in. I try not to make outlandish statements, but I see a lot of the same things in Tom Brady that I see in Colt McCoy. He is very calm and very patient. If you're in a zone defense, he can find the open receiver and put the ball in the exact location that it needs to be in against that zone defense. When you watch him operate in the pocket, you would think he was a fifth-year senior back there."

On playing a team as good as Texas

"You have to go in and know that a team like this will get yards. Field position will be gigantic. If we can keep them having to operate the long field with our kicking game, that will give us some options on how to defend this offense. I don't think that you can go into the game and take away one aspect of their offense because the other one could beat you."

Kicker Jeff Snodgrass on how the season's played out so far

"It's had its ups and downs, but in my eyes its been pretty fulfilling for me. I've had more fun playing football than I've ever had. The record doesn't really show how people feel. People are feeling really good about the direction that the program is headed. We (the senior class) are leaving the team in a better condition than some of the other senior classes have, and we are going to try and end the season 9-4.

Offensive lineman Logan Robinson on playing a nationally televised game

"It's always good to have a TV game. As far as a chance to play Texas, we are very excited about that. They're a really good team that has been playing extremely well all season long. It gives us a chance – just like Louisville – to come out and see how we stand up."

Quarterback Josh Freeman on his game against Colorado

"There's always stuff you can improve on. My completion percentage could have been higher if I would have done a couple more things right. It was enough to win the game, so I'm happy with that."

On gaining bowl eligibility

"We're bowl eligible, but we're not guaranteed a bowl. There are a bunch of teams that are going to be 6-6 or 6-5. It just depends on who is doing well. We have to win out to secure a bowl."

Wide receiver Yamon Figurs on the difference in Freeman's mentality recently

"He got a lot of confidence, he got that swagger. You can tell when he walks, he keeps his head up high now. Everything started to click for him at practice when he started telling everybody else what to do. When people line up, he knows everybody's job and he's got patience in the huddle.

Safety Kyle Williams on playing his last game in Manhattan

"It's probably going to be an emotional day for me. I don't really think it's hit me yet, but it will be special. We've got a good team coming in, so it will be fun."

On playing the Longhorns

"Any time you get a top-five team coming in, it's always a good challenge for you. This game will let us see where our team is."

Defensive lineman Quintin Echols on if they are intimidated by Texas

"You would think so, but it really pumps us up. We came to practice yesterday and we were like ‘we've got Texas – let's go.' I don't think anybody is intimidated at all. If you think you're a big-time player on this team, then it's time to step up, and this will be the perfect time to step up. I think we are a big-time team, and I think it's time for us to show that."


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