K-State Football Weekly Press Conference

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Manhattan, Kansas- After Loss to Texas Tech, Head Coach Bill Snyder and a few select players discuss the Game and what it will take for a Wildcat Victory over Texas ATM.

Head Coach Bill Snyder On recovering from the loss at Texas Tech...

"I have always had the belief that we need to be open and honest with our team after a loss. We need to understand the mistakes that we made so we can go into the next week with a focus on fixing what we did wrong and a focus on getting better. We have made some adjustments on the problems that arose against Texas Tech, and I think that we are gradually getting better prepared to play this weekend."

On if the team can start over against Texas A&M ...

"I don't think that you ever really start over. I would hate to dismiss the improvements that we have made over the first five games. I think that we have improved in a few different areas over that time frame. This last ballgame was a tremendously poor performance, but I would hate to extract all the progress that was made up to that point. I think that we need to have a fresh mental attitude going into this week, as well as the rest of the season."

On the defense...

"The teams that we played prior to Texas Tech were a little more confined with their offensive schemes. So now that we are getting into Big 12 play, we need to play better in space because that's how most teams in this conference are operating right now. We are going to see a lot of one-on-one matchups in the coming weeks. We need to work on the fundamentals of defense in order to contend with the offenses we are going to face. I think our effort is there, but we need to focus on getting our mistakes cleaned up.

"I think we are going to find out where we are at this weekend. Starting last Saturday, the level of competition changed dramatically. Texas A&M has an offense similar to a lot of the teams that we are going to be going up against the rest of the season. Saturday will show us if we are going to be able to work through the numerous problems that we encountered against Texas Tech."

On the development of Jeffrey Fitzgerald...

"He has really gotten himself better during the course of the season. He is probably one of the few guys that have gotten better week in and week out. I think that he has accepted a much-needed leadership role. He definitely leads by example and I think that earns him a lot of respect from his teammates. He is beginning to take on a more vocal leadership role which goes along with his play on the field. We need guys that will step up and take on that kind of role right now and I think he is one of those guys."

On the quarterbacks...

"I think that it is on a week-to-week basis right now. We have to look at the performance of both players during the week and determine what is best for our team. I wish that it wasn't this way. I have never been a fan of a two-quarterback system, but whoever practices well that week will be the starter. I don't think that is the best way to do it, but that is the situation that we are faced with right now."

On facing Texas A&M's Von Miller ...

"He is maybe even more amazing than I originally thought. He is an inside rusher against extra points and field goals and he almost blocked a field goal attempt by going between a blocker's legs. That's how low he gets. He is a very good player. He runs extremely well, he is very good with his hands and he gets up the field so quickly that he put a lot of pressure on offensive linemen. He is equally good against the run as he is against the pass."

On facing Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson...

"He presents a lot of challenges for us. He is putting up some very good numbers, both through the air and on the ground. He is a very dangerous player in both of those aspects. He has the capability to do a lot of positives things. He also has a lot of good players around him. So it will be a good test for our defense this Saturday."

Junior Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall On reaction to last week's loss...

"There was disappointment, but we have to get over it. You cannot be disappointed for too long, otherwise it will affect the team."

On forgetting the Texas Tech game...

"As of yesterday, the team let it go and that anger is setting in. We have to play with a chip on our shoulder."

Junior Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert On Texas A&M defensive end Von Miller...

"I think it would fun to go up against him, challenge him and see how good he is. I am confident in our tackles and I think they are going to do a really good job."

On knowing the starting quarterback...

"Right now we take reps with all of them and just let it see how it plays out. We block the same way no matter who the quarterback is and I snap the ball the same way. We just have to go out there and play football."

Senior Running Back Keithen Valentine On what team can take away from the Texas Tech game...

"We have to help the defense out. The offense has to move the ball and take time off the clock to help out our defense."

On the similarities between Texas Tech and Texas A&M...

"Both defenses get to the ball and on offense they have a quarterback who can run and throw the ball. If we can do everything that we can do, then we will be alright."

On returning home...

"I love coming home. The fans are so great and loyal. They are always out there each week and it gives us a big boost."

Senior Defensive Lineman Jeffrey Fitzgerald On the loss to Texas Tech...

"It was very tough. It was not a good game for us overall, but we have to focus on our next opponent and try to put that game behind us."

On Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson...

"He is similar to the quarterback from Iowa State, but I think he will be a little more athletic, so we have to focus on getting a better pass rush against him."

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