Coach Snyder - Notes and Quotes

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following a tough loss this past Saturday at home, Head Coach Bill Snyder answered questions from the Media at his Weekly Press Conference.

Head Coach Bill Snyder On being involved in a game with so much on the line...

"I have never been involved in a ballgame in which bowl eligibility and a division championship were on the line at the same time."

On the Nebraska defense...

"They are very, very well-coached. They have very talented players. They have an All-American defensive tackle. They run well. They are aggressive. They are very skilled and their coaches get them in the right positions to make plays. They are one of the best defenses in the country right now."

On Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh...
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We have had some very, very fine players. Some of them had similar notoriety. But I don't think that we have had someone with the physical traits that he has, meaning is height, weight and his ability to move. Most of the guys that we have had have been smaller than he is."

On the challenges of playing in Nebraska's Memorial Stadium...

"We have to play better than they do. That's the bottom line anywhere. It is going to a big challenge to play in a very large stadium with a bunch of red-clad fans cheering against you, but that's part of this game. The main challenge is just to go out and compete between the white lines."

On his team's attitude so far this week in practice...

"I can't tell you that I know right now. Like I said, I'm still getting to know these young guys, so that doesn't mean that I could be precise on guessing what their emotions are. I would hope that they take this game seriously, and go up there and play with a tremendous amount of focus. They should play with confidence and not play uptight, which would have a negative effect on their performance. What you want and what you get isn't always the same thing, so I can't tell you right now because we have only had one day of practice."

On Nebraska's secondary...

"All those numbers don't happen unless they are good across the board. They don't have a position on the field that you could consider a weak point. Their secondary is equally effective against the pass as it is against the run. They are very balanced in terms of their effectiveness."

On Nebraska's offensive abilities...

"They are in that transition stage and we probably get them at a bad time, not that there is a good time to play Nebraska. But the fact that they are successfully making that transition leads me to believe that they have the capacity to do both. They can come out and run the spread offense, but they can also tighten it down and run the ball very aggressively. That seems to be the direction that they are moving, but by the same token, they have run both styles of offense this season, so that makes it very difficult to prepare for them."

On Nebraska running back Roy Helu, Jr...

"He is an awfully good back. He runs very hard and very aggressively. He is not a guy that is going to lose yards when he runs the ball. He selects running lanes very well and he follows his blockers through the holes. He's not impatient, but he has the ability to accelerate through the correct creases in the defense."

On how he feels about the team up to this point...

"I don't know. I'm gratified on how much progress we make from week to week, but this past week, we didn't make much progress. So that wasn't very gratifying at all. If we were to make a significant amount of improvement this week, it would allow me to feel gratified for a good amount of time."

On the value of bowl game practices...

"It is certainly valuable. That was a real luxury for us when we had the opportunity to get those 15 extra practices. It meant a lot to us. It gives us more experiences. It benefitted our program, not just in terms of preparing for the upcoming bowl game, but also for the next season."

Junior Lineman Zach Kendall On focusing on this week's game...

"It would be foolish to say you forgot about last week. It is going to be in the back of your head, but I think that it fuels the fire and that is what the team needs to think. We had a little bit of success and we did not handle it very well, so we need to get that fire and anger back."

On the concern of having too much pressure to play well...

"No, I do not feel that. I want to go out and win just like everyone else does. I am tired of spending Christmas at my house and watching everybody else play. I just want to go down there and win."

Senior Quarterback Grant Gregory On playing at Nebraska...

"I know that their stadium holds 82,000 people, but they usually get 85,000 fans to the game. They have the longest sell-out streak in the nation and I know that they have the reputation for having excellent fans."

On the chance to play in a bowl game...

"It would be awesome. I have been fortunate to go to four straight and a lot of guys on this team went to the Texas Bowl a few years ago. The younger guys have never been. Bowl games are awesome. Just the opportunity to play an extra game, and in our situation two more games, would be great."

Junior Long Snapper Corey Adams On life lessons learned this year...

"Ever since Coach (Snyder) has gotten here, he has those 16 Wildcat goals. What I have gotten out of those is that if you take care of your daily business, like go to class and take care of your grades, then you will succeed on the field."

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