Snyder Stays With 16 "Commandments"

For the most part, Bill Snyder has not changed. His "16 Commandments" are still in place and the idea of building a program starts with off the field matters. There will be accountability, there are rules to follow and they are exact, including mental reps....

Bill Snyder has a list of "The 16 Wildcat Commandments."

To him, they are lessons of life that will make Wildcats better individuals on, and off the field.

While entrenched into the Kansas State-way a decade ago, the lessons are being re-addressed in this second go-round with Snyder at the Kansas State football helm.

In part, they have to do with correcting the inconsistencies that Snyder is seeing on the practice field.

To name a few: team unity, a degree of toughness, consistent effort, never give up, leadership, improvement every day, self-discipline, don't beat yourself, expecting more of yourself, responsibility, and ... that "C" word of consistency.

"If we do it the right way over and over again, we're developing positive habits," Snyder has said. "Those positive habits allow you to do things consistently right on Saturdays."

Whether it is off-season conditioning or spring drills, Snyder said, "Each morning we go through a player by player assessment of his previous day. Drills are assessed on leadership, effort, movement capacity, improvement ... all things that are significant on his development as an athlete and team member."

While getting better, that consistent improvement necessary to win on Saturday's is still not in place as Snyder calls his team "a vastly inconsistent football team," but one with isolated sparks and sparkles.

Snyder says his practices go nearly three hours - "2:47" to be exact.

During that time, he says, "Each player has a breaking point where they lose focus. That's human nature. For them, it's a matter where we want that breaking point to be exceeded in future practices and meetings. Eventually, they will sustain that kind of focus and mental toughness to do it for longer periods of times."

Defensive end Eric Childs says the length of drills shouldn't be used as an excuse.

"We just need to practice with more focus," said Childs, who is one of four players who was with Snyder in 2005. "We can't continue falling off at the end (of sessions)."

Reserve running back Dee Bell admits that the workouts are longer, and that Snyder is "more demanding" than Ron Prince.

Defensive back Tysyn Hartman compared the former coach to the current coach by saying fundamentals are stressed much more this year, and, "Things move a lot more quickly from drill to drill."

As for the focus of the team, Hartman said it's a matter of staying involved whether on the field, or the sidelines.

"If you're not playing, you need to be taking mental reps. That's what he stresses," Hartman said. "Mental reps are equally important to physical reps."

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