K-State Holds Spring Football Presser

K-State Holds Spring Football Presser

MANHATTAN, Kan. --K-State Spring Football News Conference April 5, 2010 Head Coach Bill Snyder

MANHATTAN, Kan. --K-State Spring Football News Conference April 5, 2010 Head Coach Bill Snyder

Opening Statement...

"It is that time again. I am not sure where to start. I guess we should probably start with the basketball team. I am awfully proud of Frank (Martin) and his staff and players. What a tremendous run that they had. The baseball team is doing pretty good as well. There is a lot to be proud of right now in Kansas State Athletics. We have had three practices; the fourth one will be today. On day one, I reflected back, I thought our retention was really good. There is an awful lot of offense, and awful lot of defense and all facets of our kicking game that went in on the first day, and I thought our players retained things extremely well - better than expected. I think our spirit has improved and that has been important to me. I think our leadership has improved. I think that we are becoming a tougher-minded football team. I thought a real test was when we practiced on Friday in the early evening; it was our second day in shorts without pads. We came back on Saturday morning, early, and practiced with pads so there was very little transition time going from one practice to the next, with two full practices in a 12-hour period. I thought our youngsters for the most part really handled that well. There was good effort and it demonstrated a mental toughness that we need to gain with this football team. As would be expected, we have some problems with consistency. We still, even though the retention was good from the season into the opening day, we still have some assignment issues, some technique and fundamental issues that we are trying to work through. It is easy to say that it is early in the spring practice time, but these 15 days go awfully fast. Our players will hopefully understand that, to strive to continually eliminate some of the problems that we have. Aside from that, there are no dramatic personnel changes whatsoever, but I have been pleased with the effort of our players and the other things that I mentioned to you."

On the wide receivers...

"Aubrey Quarles gives you a reasonably physical receiver. He is a pretty sharp young guy that understands what you are trying to do. He's got good hands that can catch the ball and has the capacity to advance the ball and get it up field, because he is a little more physical. Brodrick Smith went through the out of season program and worked on change of direction and a variety of different running things that they do. All of us were extremely impressed with his progress, his effort, his quickness, his ability to change direction, etc. Now that he is on the field that has been tempered a little bit and I am quite certain that is because it is a learning process. He was a scout squad guy as well, now he is learning the offense, he is experiencing it rather than just hearing it in the classroom as far as schematics are concerned. He has got to think his way through some things and I think that has kind of tempered his ability to do things naturally. We are just waiting for him to feel more comfortable with the offense, and when he does I think his capabilities will present themselves. He has good hands and that was the case on the scout squad. Like Aubrey he offers you a more sizeable receiver and can advance the ball when he catches it. Chris (Harper) is seemingly a pretty athletic guy. He has got good hands. He has been slowed down a little bit with a nagging injury, so he can't go full speed for us. So there is still some uncertainty in that respect. Seeing him in the out of season program, the way he runs and changes direction, has good balance and body control, he's probably somebody that is a pretty good athlete."

On the quarterbacks...

"Right now the competition is going to be between Carson (Coffman), who started some games for us last year, Collin (Klein) who took some practice reps for us last year at quarterback, and Sammuel Lamur who was basically a scout squad quarterback during his redshirt transfer. I am not prepared to make any distinction at this particular point. When I say distinction, I mean a first team, second team, third team. Sammuel probably has the longest route to travel because of inexperience, and not being involved with the offense for the same period of time that the others had considering he was the scout squad quarterback last year. They will continue to get opportunities to rotate in and out. We would like for someone to surface above someone else. At this point in time that has not taken place, and I did not anticipate that it would this early. The sooner it happens the better, obviously."

Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert On the offensive line's progression under Coach Charlie Dickey...

"Now we are getting to the point where we understand his coaching style and what he expects from us. It is not like the learning curve like there was last year where every day he tells you to do a different drill. Now we can jump into it and we do not have to waste any time having to explain the drill and tempo. We are able to jump right into the execution of the drill and attack every practice."

On players stepping up...

"Right now everyone is kind of working for their jobs. Zach Hanson has stepped in very well. We have a lot of new guys, Cornelius Lucas is stepping in very well and Trevor (Viers) is doing a good job of helping out Tomasi Mariner and he is learning a lot. We have a lot of guys on the offensive line with four returning starters and five guys on the offensive line with starting experience. We have a lot of guys who can step up as leaders.

Quarterback Collin Klein On the quarterback competition...

"At this point in the game it is really about getting better and getting back in the pads and getting going again. We are just trying to get better as a whole unit so that we will be ready compete in the Big 12 in the fall."

On switching back to quarterback...
"I really learned a lot last year at wide receiver and I was really grateful to help the team and through the season I learned a lot from Coach Miller. I was still working with him pretty much each day and he really helped me develop a lot of my skills and hopefully it is a position where I can service this team."

Safety Tysyn Hartman His thoughts on the spring so far...

"It is going pretty well. We have only had a couple of practices but it seems like we are picking up where we left off from the fall. We really did not lose a lot (from last year's defense) and it is really showing."

On using the disappointing finish from last year as motivation...

"We are not really focused on how we did last year. We did get close, one game away, from making it to the Big 12 Championship and a bowl game, but we have kind of put that behind us and have started to focus on our goals for this season."

On the impact of secondary coach Keith Burns...

"Coach (Keith) Burns has got us working harder and he has got the enthusiasm up. He is a great players' coach and he has really got us motivated and ready to work. He can feel when we really do not want to practice or be in meetings and he can tell jokes and get us laughing and really involved again. "

On coming back from injury...

"It is going well. I am out there doing drills and taking mental reps, but that is really all I am cleared to do. I am just trying to take as many mental reps as I can so I can stay as sharp as possible."

Linebacker Kadero Terrell On the chance to play again this season...

"It is going really good, just knowing that I am able to have the chance to play again. I am thankful to God for the chance to play again. It feels great. I am just working hard and trying to get back into football form, even though I have a small injury. I am doing well."

His expectations for this coming season...

"We have a lot of great players (at linebacker). So it all depends on how hard we work and how much effort we give."

Dates to Remember:

April 12 - Spring Football News Conference, 12 p.m.
April 19 - Spring Football News Conference, 12 p.m.
April 24 - Purple/White Game, 6:10 p.m. (Tickets on sale now for $5)

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