Players on KSU Spring Game

Players on KSU Spring Game

Kansas State players talk about a defensive battle in the spring game, where the Purple squad held off the White for a 23-13 win.

Senior Quarterback Jake Waters
On his thoughts of the offense…
“You have to give credit to the white team’s defense, but we did not come out prepared enough to play and to play well. We can use that as motivation to get better going into the summer.”

On his play today…
“I made some decent throws, but not up where I want to be at. That gives me more motivation to go and get better, but for the most part, I was not really pleased.”

On the play in the third quarter…
“We got it going for a couple of drives and then we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. When we got it going it felt really well, but we just hurt ourselves on too many drives today.”

Senior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On team coming together…
“We have come together great since spring ball has started and have really come together as a team goal. Before every practice we want to get better that day. I am sure you guys hear it all the time, but that is something that we take very seriously. We just try and get better every single day; in the film room, on the practice field, in the classroom and whatever we are doing we are trying to get better.”

On the purple team’s defense…
“We made a few three-and-outs, but we could have done better. We had a lot of guys coming in and getting reps. Give credit to the white offense. We have a lot of depth on our team so it just proves that we have a lot of competitive guys that are ready to play.”

On who can step up as a leader…
“There are a lot of potential guys that are on our defense that can be great leaders. They are great players and great guys on and off the field. Some names that come to mind are (Ryan) Mueller, Dante (Barnett) and Randall Evans. I could name almost anybody that has a great attitude and invest themselves in the team.”

Senior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On today’s scrimmage…
“I appreciate everybody that showed up. The defense is coming together. It was very vanilla today. The coaches do not draw up any blitzes or run any schemes so it is harder to look good when it is just line up and play. It was fun to get out there and be in front of the fans and run around.”

On halftime adjustments…
“There were not many adjustments. Just reviewed what it is like during a regular season game and kind of simulating some things about what is going on out there and getting guys to visualize since Coach (Bill) Snyder is real big on visualizing being out there on a Saturday.”

On not flipping the score at halftime…
“It is not really a big deal to me. Just lining up and running to the ball is the big thing. Coach Snyder harps on being a disciplined football team and eliminating penalties. The purple offense had a couple of penalties, and I am pretty sure that the purple defense was flawless with no penalties and that was definitely a goal for us.”

Senior Offensive Lineman Cody Whitehair
On switching from guard to tackle…
“It is a tough transition for me. Coach (Charlie) Dickey asked me to do it and I have to do it.”

On pushing himself at his new position…
“I am really not too worried about that. Hopefully some guys will come in and play the tackle position and gain better depth at that position so that I can be fortunate enough to go back and play guard.”

Senior Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On Daniel Sams transition to wide receiver…
“I think he has handled everything well. His redshirt freshman year he was the back-up and saw some time in certain situations like the Wildcat formation. Last year, he dealt with the back and forth thing with Jake (Waters). This spring and winter he switched over to receiver and I think that he has done a really good job. He is such a dynamic athlete, and I think he is capable of doing whatever he sets his mind to. I think it was a struggle for him fundamentally just because playing quarterback his whole life and then playing receiver is tough. We saw it towards the end of spring that he can really do some good things and come into his own as a receiver.

On having a set quarterback…
“Getting chemistry with one guy on offense is so much easier. Jake is to the point now where he knows what every single one of us is going to do in certain situations, and we can communicate with him and tell him what to look for.”

Sophomore Fullback Glenn Gronkowski
On his touchdown run…
“It was kind of funny because I do not think Jake knew that I was the running back. I think he called that for Charles (Jones). It felt good obviously, and the line created a huge hole and I think anyone would have scored on that.”

On being more involved in the offense…
“We have been working on that. I have been getting some running back reps, and I think that is going to be a possibility.”



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