Coach Snyder - Notes and Quotes

Posted Nov 11, 2009

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following a big Win over In-State Rival Kansas, Head Coach Bill Snyder and selecty Wildcat Players answered questions from the media at the Weekly Press Conference.

Head Coach Bill Snyder On quarterback Grant Gregory...

"Grant came into the program so late in the summer that his role as a leader was initiated by all of his teammates getting to know and trust him. He is a good young guy. He is very humble, he's a very hard-worker and he did all the things that allowed us to endear himself to his teammates. It took a little time to develop the trust that was needed. It's always harder when a guy is No. 2 on the depth chart to have complete command in a leadership role, so that took a little time as well. But all those things have taken place and he put himself in the position to become our starting quarterback. He has really endeared himself to the rest of the team because he is a tough-minded young guy and he is very competitive. I think that his leadership style is more by example more than anything else, but he is becoming more and more vocal, in a positive way, towards our players."

On the leadership roles of Emmanuel Lamur and Daniel Thomas...

"We have suggested that they needed to become more vocal, particularly once they proved that they could provide the appropriate example. As long as they are doing the things that you are asking them to do and doing those things as well and as hard as they can possibly do, then we encourage them to become more vocal with this team."

On the advantages of being a run-first team in the Big 12...

"Most of all, I think the spread offense has impacted recruiting immensely. On offense, you don't just have 11 players anymore. If you use a tight end or fullback in your offense, you have to think about getting a couple extra wide receivers. So basically you have to recruit 13 players on offense. Defensively, you have to have five defensive backs, three linebackers, and a number of defensive linemen. So you are looking at 12 or 13 players you are recruiting just on defense and if you are looking to recruit some specialists then you get beyond the limit of 25 incoming players. So it has impacted recruiting in such a way that there is a big transition.

"If you spread your offense out and are throwing the ball a lot, then you have to have different types of players playing at some of those positions. So that means you might have to have a few different guys playing the same position because they might have different skill sets. It's just a numbers thing. You can't make a quick transition and be successful most of the time. It takes some time to make the necessary adjustments. So I think what most coaches in this conference would say is that a different type of player is needed on defense to defend against the spread offense. A lot of teams use a guy that is more of a secondary-type player at linebacker. But if you tighten up your offense and run right at them, you would probably have a good advantage on a team like that. So much of what we do is going to be predicated on the skill sets of our players. We just have to pick certain aspects of our system and use them to our advantage and that is what we have done with our running game so far."

On the effort of Daniel Thomas...

"I think that he has been a very tough runner from the beginning of the season. I think he ran a little harder against KU, maybe because of the emotion of the game or maybe he is becoming a little more comfortable in our system. He was breaking two and three tackles on occasion during the course of the KU game, but I think that he has run that way throughout the season. He has shown some improvement, but I think his ability to break tackles has always been there."

On the impact of becoming bowl-eligible...

"It would certainly be a positive thing for us. If we are fortunate enough to do that, it would be a good thing for everybody involved with our program."

His thoughts on this year's senior class...

"I've talked with our seniors about the emotional aspect of playing their last game at home. I have always encouraged our players to cherish the moment and give thought to it during the early stages of the week so that the emotion doesn't hit them all at once on Saturday. So they have to be able to put it in the right perspective, use that emotion in a very positive way and not let the emotion have a negative impact on their performance. I think for me, I feel bad in this respect, not just because they are leaving, but the fact that I have not had the chance to spend very much time with them. There were a few that were here while I was previously coaching, but I still didn't have a great deal of time to spend with them. I feel bad that I am not going to have the opportunity to get to know them a little better."

On the impact of kicker Josh Cherry...

"I think that the better he kicks, the better we are as a football team. I'm very proud of Josh. He is a very hard worker and he puts forth great effort. He has gone through some rough times this year in terms of missing field goals, but I have seen him kick the ball in practice with some very good range. So I am pleased that he is kicking the ball a little better."

On Missouri...

"They are a dynamic team, especially in the first half. If you look at the tape, regardless of which half it is, you can tell that they are a pretty good team. They do some awfully good things on defense. Even when Blaine Gabbert was injured and couldn't move, their offense still put up pretty good numbers."

On this season as a whole...

"I really haven't gotten too excited about it. That doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the success that we have had recently. When we do well, I'm happy about it. I try to stay on an even keel. But I am very happy for our players and our fans. I think that we have a very loyal fan base, and to see that our success as a team makes our fans happy, then that gives me a good feeling about it."

Senior Quarterback Grant Gregory On playing his last home game as a senior...

"I've really enjoyed the five games we've had here at the home. The fans have been great and it's going to be an emotional day knowing it's my last home game ever."

Junior Placekicker Josh Cherry On making a field goal against Kansas...

"It felt really good. All the field goals I made earlier in the year were kind of chip shots, so to step back a little bit and make a longer one felt pretty good."

On which hash-mark he prefers kicking from...

"I'm a lot more comfortable from the right hash. I'm not sure why, but when I line up on the left hash I leave my leg hanging out there. Every time I've missed a kick it's been to the right. I don't know if I've missed a kick left all season."

Senior Offensive Lineman Nick Stringer On the possibility of going undefeated at home...

"We do have a chance to do something special. We just need to take advantage of the opportunity."

On wrapping up his senior year...

"We're getting down to the end. Opportunities are running out. We don't have a lot of practices left. If we want to keep playing, we've got to do well."

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