K-State Football Postseason Press Conference

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Head Coach Bill Snyder Addresses the Media at his Postseason Press Conference.

Head Coach Bill Snyder On junior RB Daniel Thomas and senior WR/KR Brandon Banks' postseason accolades...

"I think that it is a neat thing for Daniel. I think that he will handle it in a very humble way. He deserves it because he is a good young guy."

"Brandon is very deserving as well. Obviously, if you put as many in the endzone as he did, that's very unique and that makes him very deserving. The hard thing about making that kind of selection is there are so many players that get lost in it. I think of guys like Corey Adams, without taking any of the limelight from Brandon. But every successful program in the nation has a guy like Corey. They just go unnoticed. Nobody else in the conference knows Corey Adams' name. But there should be a snapper of the year award for a player that does the things that Corey does. But I am proud of Brandon; I think he is very deserving of that honor."

His thoughts on the 2009 season...

"There were a variety of ways you could describe it. There were some very good things that happened and there were some things that were not very good that happened. There were some disappointments. There was just a little bit of everything. But the bottom line for me is that is was a disappointing finish. I was pleased that we made progress during the course of the year. Like everyone else, I was disappointed with the way that we finished. But I guess it takes time to learn how to play in that kind of environment. But I think that we are ahead of where we were last year when I signed back up for this. I think we have made some improvements since last off-season."

On the players' level of disappointment after the loss to Nebraska...

"I think that they were very disappointed. I think our players have a far better understanding of what it takes, above and beyond the physical aspects of the game. I think they are beginning to understand the mental aspect of the game and the emotional and mental preparation that is significant in helping them achieve what they want to achieve. I think that they have a far better understanding of things than they did last January."

On the current plans for the team...
v"First and foremost, I think their focus needs to be in the classroom. Beginning today, they will have seven days of workouts, which will consist of their strength and conditioning maintenance. After final exams, they will have semester and Christmas break off and when they come back, we will start up again. They will have a program for when they go home that they will follow but who knows how that will go. But I would like to think more and more of these young guys are willing to accept the commitment that is necessary during that period of time. It is very important for them to have some maintenance work to do in order for them not to come back and have everything that they have done up to this point be thrown away. I think the vast majority will do what they need to do."

On what holes need to be filled heading into next season...

"We have put a little bit of emphasis on a few areas that might be immediately significant. But overall you try to fit every position that you can. Obviously, there are not enough scholarships when you include specialists. We are trying to meet our immediate and long-term needs. We have a few community college recruits that we think could come in and compete at a high level for us. An offensive lineman, a defensive lineman and perhaps a couple linebackers are areas that we are looking more in depth at."

On the quarterback situation going into spring ball...

"We would certainly take one (in recruiting) because it is such an important position. But I am not uncomfortable with what we have returning. We have got Carson Coffman, Sammuel Lemur, Collin Klein, and Chris Harper that will all compete for the job".

On the status of sophomore DE Brandon Harold...

"I think he is coming along very well. I think he will probably be more than ready to go once we get back from Christmas break and when we get into a good portion of our off-season workouts. He did not redshirt in his first year here so he will be able to get a redshirt for this season."

On the status of sophomore DB Tysyn Hartman...

"He is doing well right now; he is going to have some surgery. Hopefully we will have him back in time for the spring."


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