K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Following the loss this past week, Head Coach Bill Snyder and his players addressed the media in his weekly Press Conference. Below are quotes from the Press Conference.

Head Coach Bill Snyder On correcting the issues of the team...

"They are an awful lot of things that are manageable and that we have to and can improve upon. Offensively, five out of the first six possessions that we had were three-and-out. There are a lot of different reasons why that can happen. Execution is one of those reasons and the situations that we got into could be a part of it. I think those things are both manageable and correctable. In the second half, we had two consecutive drives of 11 plays and a third drive of 14 plays and we scored on two of those drives.

"We had five opportunities in the first half where we were in scoring range. The defense got two turnovers, two three-and-outs, and scored two points on the safety. The two turnovers that we got on defense put the offense in scoring position. Both turnovers gave us very positive field position with opportunities to score. We had a touchdown called back because of a penalty. We had fourth-and-one on the two-yard line with an opportunity to at least get 1st and Goal inside the one-yard line and we had a penalty that sets us back. We also had a first down on the 17-yard line going in to score and we get a penalty that sets us back to 3rd and 21. So there are five opportunities that are all manageable situations.

"We need to have the discipline to not get penalized, to take advantage of opportunities when you have them, which I think is a big thing. And, finally, eliminate the two turnovers, one of which was caused by a lack of discipline and mechanics. This is teachable. So if you add all of those things together, that's seven opportunities in the first half to put points on the board.

"Also we need to think about the fact that we did not do very well kicking field goals. But that part of it is correctable. I have great faith in Josh Cherry and so does the rest of the team. I've seen him kick the ball well in practice and I believe that if he has done it in the past, he can do it again in the future. All of these issues are manageable things that we should be able to correct and improve upon. Our goal is just to become better every day at what we are trying to accomplish. We just need to have the mental discipline and mental toughness to correct our mistakes and try to make ourselves a little bit better and I think we can do that."

On the status of injured sophomore defensive end Brandon Harold...

"He is still a ways away from returning. I can't tell you exactly when he will be back but I believe we are looking at least another three weeks."

On the rotation of the defensive line...

"Hanson (Sekona) is a player that has moved from linebacker to defensive line. He was undersized at that position so we decided to move him to defensive end. He plays hard, has a great attitude and you just like his spirit. That is the kind of player that we want on the field. Defensive end suits him a little better in terms of his physical capabilities, purely in terms of size. (Jeffrey) Fitzgerald has always been a defensive end and we had (Daniel) Calvin out for a while but when we got him back, that gave us an opportunity to get bigger guys inside and still keep Jeffrey (Fitzgerald) on the field."

On the performance of the quarterbacks...

"I have seen both of them perform much better, so I know what they are capable of. Now it comes down to having the consistency it takes to be successful. Again, I have seen them play much better than they did against Louisiana-Lafayette. With that in mind, Carson (Coffman) was a part of the success that we had in the second half."

On the challenges of playing back-to-back roads games...

"I cannot fault the scheduling for the fact they we did not play well enough to win this past Saturday. But it is certainly not something that I am a proponent of. My preference is to play home games in our non-conference schedule. One of the main reasons is the impact that home games have on the economy of the Manhattan community and its business owners. When 50,000 or so people come to this town to watch a ballgame, it benefits the entire community. I am not saying that the scheduling is right or wrong, it is just not something that I would have done."

On the impact of junior running back Daniel Thomas...

"He has only had two major college ballgames in his career, but I think he has done well. He does have a lot of versatility. He made some very athletic plays in the first two games and he is coming along nicely."

On the performance of the defense against the Ragin' Cajuns...

"We played well, but gave up two scoring drives to end the first half and to end the game. I do not know whether that is conditioning or if that is a lack of focus. I think our defense is in relatively good condition. But I think the drive to end the game had a lot more to do with our coverage on the kickoff. We knew what the kicker's range was and if we could have backed them up five yards he would have had a hard time with that kick. So if we do a better job on kickoff coverage then it makes the field goal a little more difficult."

On the team's spirit after the loss Saturday...

"I saw some guys that had not displayed that kind of emotion or spirit prior to that point in time. I thought that there were a number of young guys that went beyond where they had previously been with that kind of emotion and that is something that this football team needs."

Senior Offensive Lineman Nick Stringer On offensive production...

"We hope to play a lot better than we did last Saturday. I mean we go three and out pretty much the entire first half. That makes it hard for us to get what we want to get done."

On the issues on the offense...

"We were not making the plays that we are capable of making and I know that we are going to work on that this week."

On team morale...

"We are working hard right now and we are looking forward to this next week. We are working to get better and looking forward to getting better."

Senior Defensive Lineman Daniel Calvin On the defensive play...

"Honestly, I believe that we can get a better pass rush going and make a lot of plays in the middle. We stopped a lot of runs but I think that once we get our pass rush going we will be a lot better."

On returning to California...

"I have a lot of friends and family showing up. I am fired up and cannot wait to go back home. Sunny skies in California; cannot wait to go back there."

Senior Quarterback Grant Gregory On the play of the offense...

"It was extremely frustrating to get put into the game and do nothing with it."

On the offense's confidence...

"It is not as good as it would be if we went out there and scored 40 points. That is why it is such a crazy game. I mean, one game you might score six points and then the next you might score 50. We just have to practice better and we have to prepare for the best defense that we have played so far."

Senior Linebacker Ulla Pomele On returning to the starting lineup...

"It is a privilege. Every day is a challenging day. I take it day by day and you just have to be coachable."

On working his way back up...

"Just continue to work hard and stay humble and continue to be encouraged. I really appreciate Alex Hrebec. He is such an encouraging guy. We play the same position but he continues to help me out at the same time. I truly appreciate that."


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