Ok-State Holds Weekly Soccer Press Convention Previous to Journey to WVU – Kansas State College Athletics

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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference Prior to Trip to WVU - Kansas State University Athletics


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State assistant head coach Van Malone and choose gamers met with members of the media by way of Zoom on Tuesday because the Wildcats put together to journey to Morgantown, W.Va. to face West Virginia on Saturday. An entire transcript of Malone’s press convention – which was additionally streamed reside on Large 12 Now on ESPN+ – and gamers are posted beneath. The Wildcats and Mountaineers kick at 11 a.m. (CT) on Saturday inside Milan Puskar Stadium.

VAN MALONE, ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
Opening Assertion…

“It is all the time good to win a rivalry sport. That was nice for our youngsters and our youngsters in this system and children from Kansas. Our staff performed actually arduous, and like I mentioned, it was an ideal win. One factor that Coach has burdened – and we’ve burdened as a workers – is the significance in understanding that each win is a good win. Each week, we have to put together ourselves to have the ability to have fun within the locker room. Pay the value on Sunday and Monday and all through the week and proceed to stack the times. I really feel like offensively, defensively and on particular groups we proceed to get higher week after week. Within the Large 12, we’ll must maintain doing that. We’re taking part in quite a lot of younger guys defensively and offensively. As you place extra younger guys out on the sphere, they’ve an opportunity to make errors. However the good thing is that we’re not seeing as many errors as we had in week one. That is refreshing as a workers, so we’ll must proceed this development. This week will probably be essential as a result of we’ll face a tricky opponent at (their) house. These guys have performed extraordinarily arduous all through the season. They’ve misplaced some shut video games. They’re taking part in some younger guys as effectively. It will likely be a giant problem for us as we roll into this week.”

 
On the massive performs made by the protection…

“Coaches all the time say you get what you emphasize. We have talked about attacking the ball within the air. We have talked about creating turnovers all through the season, and that is one thing that, since we have been right here, it is one thing as a workers that we have continued to emphasize and emphasize. So, it is good to see when guys go get the soccer, however the capacity to get it into the top zone is one other step. It is thrilling to see defensive backs like AJ (Parker) and Justin (Gardner) and people guys have the chance to attain with the soccer as a result of that is one thing on protection that we stress. It is our place and our job to get the ball again to the offense and to place it in scoring place as greatest as we will. Not quite a lot of defensive guys have that capacity, so we’re excited when we’ve the chance to place it ultimately zone as defensive backs.” 

 
On the emphasis placed on particular groups…

“Every considered one of our coaches has an task on particular groups, and everyone seems to be concerned. I believe the gamers see that and acknowledge it. With particular groups, you may have one probability to be particular. We’ve got some items on the market, particularly the punt return unit, and make large performs for our staff. As we undergo the season, seeing that these video games are going to proceed to be shut, we really feel like that is our edge is us making performs on particular groups to provide our staff a possibility to win.”

 
On guys like Byron Pringle and Tyler Lockett caring for enterprise within the NFL…

“All of them dream of at some point taking part in within the NFL. If they will see that the trail can lead from Kansas State to the NFL, I believe that is encouraging not just for recruits however for present gamers. It is nice to see guys which have sat in the identical seats that you simply sit in who’re performing and having success within the NFL. Our guys get into it and are proud, so I believe it is an ideal factor throughout for our program.”

 
On the variations he is seen from college to high school when it comes to particular groups…

“I have been blessed to be on fairly just a few staffs which have put emphasis on particular groups. However right here at Kansas State, the truth that we have had a lot success through the years on particular groups, it is somewhat bit totally different. Different workers acknowledges the significance that particular groups is a 3rd of the sport. Our gamers take nice delight in it. They perceive it. Our coaches, as effectively, perceive the good accountability and nice historical past of particular groups right here at Ok-State. It sort of feeds off itself. Our coaches and gamers take quite a lot of delight in being profitable in particular groups. As we have seen all through this season, it is a large a part of the sport and has allowed us to achieve success to date.”

 
On Stanton Weber‘s work with particular groups…

“Stanton does the behind-the-scenes work. He is a former participant who’s been on this staff and part of the success on particular groups. We could not do lots of the issues we do with out Stanton’s work behind the scenes. He does an ideal job of digging out suggestions, serving to us as coaches to search out issues to provide to our gamers, developing with a plan and critiquing opponents and scouting opponents. That is been a big-time significance for us as we have gone all through the season.” 

 
On the gamers from different areas being right here since summer season conditioning…

“Most of our staff has been within the space. Those who selected to remain within the space in the course of the lockdown, they hung in right here. We could not meet with them or see them, however then there have been others who did go house. We’re simply completely satisfied to have them again and locked in for the remainder of the season.”

 
On the coaches needing to assist youthful guys hold in there throughout this robust season…

“I believe that query can be true for our total staff. This has been a special season. Week to week, and each day even, there are challenges our gamers face when it comes to the COVID testing regularly after which the shut contacts. There is a sure sense that you simply’re all the time on edge since you simply do not know what tomorrow will convey. I believe our gamers and our coaches and our help workers have achieved an ideal job of circling the wagons in that method. Coping with points which have surrounded with nervousness and being supportive of one another. We’ve got a staff that works arduous on and off the sphere. We’ve got a staff that is locked in on doing the issues to organize to achieve success, so the time we have been away, these guys have been working. If I could not elevate Coach (Chris) Dawson’s weights, I needed to elevate milk cartons. If I could not run on the soccer discipline, I needed to go to the park. We did job, I believe as a workers, of staying linked to them. They did job of remaining linked to one another. So, I do not assume we had as many points as you’d assume, however there was and nonetheless is a stage of hysteria that our gamers must cope with. It has been good to see them week to week lock into what is going on on on the soccer discipline. It has been a next-man-up mentality. With all that is happening, I am happy with the place our staff has grown to be.”

 
On if it has been more durable for teenagers who’ve needed to quarantine whose households are additional away…

“There have been a few guys who’ve needed to observe down that path. There is a excessive stage of hysteria and even despair when you must isolate your self out of your teammates. I believe our help workers have achieved an ideal job of staying linked to these gamers nevertheless we will when it comes to Zoom and when it comes to getting on the cellphone checking on guys simply to ensure they’re okay. Our guys have withstood fairly a bit in that method, and I am speaking to the gamers who’ve needed to isolate for no matter purpose. Guys right here in Manhattan who did not develop up in Kansas who grew up in Georgia and Texas and different totally different locations across the nation, I believe we have achieved an ideal job as a staff of embracing these gamers and supporting them all through no matter difficulties they’ve needed to undergo.”

 
On his tasks with a special title this yr…

“I’ve had the chance to be and coach at quite a lot of totally different locations. As an assistant coach, you do not get to see lots of the issues a head coach has to cope with. I believe the top coach does that on objective so you may concentrate on the main points and particulars of your job, your particular group. I’ve had the chance to see a few of the issues Coach Klieman offers with on a day-to-day foundation as a head coach. That is why I maintain my hair reduce brief in order that you do not see the grey hairs as they develop. It has been quite a lot of enjoyable as a result of having the chance to fulfill with gamers, having the chance to assist him coordinate and plan for the issues which might be the massive image issues for our staff. That has been an ideal studying course of for me. I thank him on a regular basis for giving me this chance as a result of it has been an ideal studying course of. I say it on a regular basis – I believe our coaches say it, and our gamers say it: It is my job to make Coach Klieman the perfect coach within the nation. I believe the remainder of the workers feels the identical method. I might say the identical factor about Joe Klanderman. It is my job to assist him be the perfect defensive coordinator he will be. Our gamers, as they’ve nice care and concern for all our coaches, however particularly Coach Klieman particularly, they are saying the identical factor. They do what they achieve this that everybody will know that we’ve the perfect coach within the nation.”

 
On if Van Malone wish to be a head coach sometime…

“After all, and he’ll.”

 
On the interception-return landing by Justin Gardner

“I usually can predict the long run. It was a play the place we had Justin off in zone protection. We stress in zone protection that you’ve the flexibility to see quite a lot of issues, which you do not once we’re taking part in man to man. Justin was off in zone protection and was in a position to see the play develop. Whenever you’re in that place and get to see the play develop, it is essential that, as a defensive again particularly, you benefit from the chance to make a play. He noticed it develop. He noticed the working again begin to ease out of the backfield to arrange a display play. At that time, he understands that there is an offensive lineman popping out to dam him to make sure the again escapes freely, so he knew he needed to beat the block of that offensive lineman. From there, it is about catching the ball and taking the 15 steps he needed to take to get to the top zone. It is a measure of Justin’s enchancment within the protection, understanding the play and taking take a look at his keys, after which attacking the chance to intercept the ball.”  

 
On the development of Justin Gardner and Ekow Boye-Doe

“I all the time say they work extraordinarily arduous. They’ve labored themselves into this place. As their coach, I am excited. I am not solely excited for them. Sure, they play most likely probably the most, however there’s different guys in that room – from Tee Denson to Cam Key to Kiondre Thomas – these guys work simply as arduous. These guys, in my view, are coming collectively as a bunch. Ekow and Justin occur to be the blokes out on the sphere and occur to actually be doing job of constructing performs. I am enthusiastic about the truth that once we put others within the sport, the drop off of play could be very minimal. I am excited for that, for now and for into the long run.”

 
On West Virginia beginning quarterback Jarret Doege in opposition to Ok-State final yr…

“Him coming into the sport final yr was a distinction. The factor that is actually spectacular about him is he is a aggressive child as you watch him. Into this season, he is positively improved and that’s the factor that makes them go. He has a reasonably good arm. He is lively together with his ft and would not get sacked a lot. He’ll be a problem for us, however talking to final yr, it did throw us somewhat bit. At this level, from what we have seen to date, he’ll be an excessive problem for us.”

 
On what stands out about West Virginia’s offense…

“They’ve actually good offensive linemen. They play collectively effectively as a bunch. The working backs, each guys that play so much proper now, are highly effective and powerful runners. They’ve good velocity. You have seen them have just a few breakaway runs. We’ll must do job of wrapping up and tackling these guys effectively. The receiving corps will most likely be amongst the perfect we’ll play, however you say that week after week within the Large 12. They’ve guys who’re explosive. They use them in other places on the sphere, however once they get the ball of their palms, you must do job of defending the perimeter effectively in addition to vertically defending them as a result of they’ve the flexibility to stretch the sphere. From the ability place standpoint, it is going to be a problem for us. Defensively, these are the issues we’ll proceed to harp on to our gamers as we go all through the week.”

 
On Justin Gardner’s recruitment…

“To do the issues we wish to do defensively, you must have good corners. It’s important to have guys with the flexibility to play man to man, and truthfully that begins with size and velocity. These are the issues that instantly drew us to Justin is the truth that he is a taller nook and the truth that he has fairly good athletic capacity and may run. These are the issues that you simply see simply within the numbers, however then when you may have the chance to be round him and see what makes him tick, perceive how arduous he works to be the perfect participant he will be, you are much more intrigued. He would not discuss so much. In recruiting whenever you cope with gamers who will let you know that they are the perfect factor since sliced bread, generally that may be a turnoff however generally it may be intriguing and alluring for a coach even. That is not who he’s or who he is been. He is a child who goes to work every single day, who performs arduous and is an efficient teammate. These are the issues we actually wanted in that room. I am excited to have him right here. I am wanting ahead to watching him proceed to progress on this protection and progress as a participant.”

 
On the 50-yard, game-winning landing by West Virginia final yr…

“It’s important to let the previous be the previous. That is what my gamers would inform me. As we glance again to ensure we do not commit the identical errors or make the identical errors, I believe we’ve a way more mature soccer staff and a way more mature secondary. That was a part of the training course of. You’ll hope that you do not study issues and lose a sport within the course of, however whenever you transfer a yr forward later, you are excited to have the chance to study from sure issues on the sphere. No, it will not be on loop. In addition to, we’ve quite a lot of different errors we have to get corrected, however I believe that play was positively one which we have realized from.”

 
On if AJ Parker will probably be obtainable this weekend…

“He’s persevering with to progress. We bought excellent news the opposite day, so we’re with the medical workers simply persevering with to maintain him going via the method. It kills him to overlook a rep. We search for us to proceed to get excellent news. He is progressing and getting higher day after day, so we’ll simply see on Saturday.”

 
NOAH JOHNSON, SENIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
On the distinction between the o-line’s play within the first and second half in opposition to Kansas…

“We performed so much higher within the second half. We stopped hurting ourselves, and I believe that was the tone of your complete offense basically within the first half. We had penalties, have been lacking assignments after which we have been nonetheless up going into halftime. Then at halftime, Coach (Conor) Riley simply challenged us to maintain ending and simply play our sport and to play to the extent that we’re able to taking part in at. Within the second half, that’s what we did. We went on the market and began coming off the ball and sustaining blocks and opening it up for the offense. It was good to see.”

 
On what it’s prefer to play for Conor Riley

“It is enjoyable. It is a totally different expertise from my previous coaches. He’s a brilliant emotional man. He loves us. He will get fired up at occasions, however that’s what you want in a soccer coach, and an offensive line coach. You want a man who’s bought ardour and who cares. He does an ideal job of constructing positive we’re ready each week, for not solely what the defensive personnel are going in opposition to but in addition actually instructing us the schemes they’re working so we all know what keys to search for in pressures and totally different fronts. It is superior to play for him, and he makes all of us so much higher.”

 
On settling into being a captain…

“Yeah, and it is nonetheless one thing the place I’ve to maintain taking part in higher. I’ve not but performed to the extent that I wish to play at. Final yr not taking part in, it was irritating but in addition it was sort of a blessing in disguise as a result of I bought to study behind Adam Holtorf and actually get extra snug taking part in middle and studying our offense. It is nonetheless a factor the place each sport I am feeling extra snug simply in sport situations, and I am simply going to maintain working and getting higher.”

 
On the management capacity of quarterback Will Howard

“Will does simply nearly as good a job as anybody. Clearly shedding Skylar (Thompson) you lose a lot. Skylar introduced a lot to our program, and he is simply a superb teammate and a very good chief. However, Will is doing an ideal job. I’ve mentioned it earlier than, however there has by no means been any second the place I felt that he was not too large for the second he was in. He is all the time been very poised, he is all the time very vocal, and he does an ideal job of protecting everybody calm and protecting everybody targeted on one play at a time. It is simply actually spectacular to see as a result of I couldn’t have achieved that after I was a real freshman at 18 years previous; I do not assume there are a ton of people that might. Will is a good participant and he is solely going to maintain getting higher. It is superior to see.”

 
On the expansion in friendship he has present in taking part in with Will Howard

“Even from the second Will bought right here I believe everybody seen how gifted he was, how arduous working he’s and he is dude. As soon as Skylar (Thompson) went down and Will stepped into the position, we actually began spending extra time with him as a complete offensive line simply getting together with him and hanging out. He is enjoyable to play with. He is all the time looking for us and speaking to us, telling us good job and stuff like that, and it is good to listen to. Like I mentioned, it is nonetheless a factor the place he will maintain getting higher the extra we play collectively. We’re simply going to continue to grow collectively and maintain working at it.”

 
On if Will Howard has talked about this sport that means extra to him since he is taking part in nearer to house…

“No, he hasn’t talked about something like that. I hadn’t actually thought of that. It will be good as a result of I do know his household has been coming to all of his video games, and it is going to be good to have some extra individuals come and see him play. However, I do know on the similar time that Will will not be going to vary his preparation or his outlook on making an attempt to point out individuals his sport. He is taking part in for his teammates. He is taking part in for our program, and that’s what’s most essential.”

 
On a particular second when Will Howard confirmed his command…

“I might say all through fall camp, he made a ton of throws and he simply made quite a lot of performs. So, all of us knew how gifted he was. Then, when he bought into that Texas Tech sport like I mentioned, all the things was clean. There have been no noticeable nerves, nothing noticeable of him not being prepared. He was utterly prepared. As a man who was a backup final yr, I understand how tough it’s to remain prepared to return in for a starter. It’s important to, and Will dealt with that actually effectively.”

 
D.J. RENDER, SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
On shifting from defensive again to extensive receiver proper earlier than the beginning of the season…

“Properly, it was truthfully so loopy. Such as you mentioned, I positively thought I used to be going to be taking part in defensive again this season, however a pair issues occurred with the receiver room, so we have been actually depleted a pair weeks earlier than the sport. Coach Klieman requested me if I might be keen to maneuver again, and with out hesitation I mentioned sure. I simply wish to do something and all the things to assist this staff win and achieve success. So, when he requested me that, I used to be all in.”

 
On re-learning methods to play extensive receiver…

“Truthfully, it was simply being dedicated to studying the playbook. Studying this playbook once more and simply having the ability to put my thoughts ahead and focus actually arduous on that. It was pretty straightforward for me to study the playbook once more. Simply having that mindset of, ‘Oh I’ve to catch the ball now, as an alternative of defending any person from not catching the ball.’ It was extra of a psychological factor making an attempt to modify again from as soon as being a receiver then switching to DB, after which going again to receiver once more. So, it wasn’t a lot of a giant transition bodily it was extra psychological.”

 
On seeing the expertise in Byron Pringle whereas at Ok-State…

“Most positively. I realized a lot from Byron Pringle. He impressed me in quite a lot of methods as a receiver. He taught me quite a lot of issues whereas he was right here. I might decide his mind with all the things so far as a psychological standpoint of the sport in addition to bodily. He was an ideal teammate whereas he was right here, and we nonetheless communicate.”

 
On if he is been house since summer season conditioning…

“In no way, I have not been again in Atlanta since I believe July.”

 
On how he is holding up with being removed from house within the midst of the pandemic…

“Properly, I am a fifth-year vet in this system. I am not likely homesick in any respect. I am very used to being out right here, and it was only a purpose that our staff had. We simply needed to have the ability to compete this season. All we wish to do is simply win, and that was our purpose, and that’s what my thoughts was made up on. So, I wasn’t actually involved with being homesick or not. It is a blessing that I’ve mother and father that may come out right here and journey for video games and stuff like that. So, I do not get to overlook them an excessive amount of, however it’s all the time a pleasure to see them once they come.”

 
On serving to teammates who have been remoted…

“Yeah, each time a teammate is feeling down, I prefer to all the time attain out as a result of I really feel like I’m a optimistic spark for our gamers and the staff. So, if anyone is ever feeling down they usually want somebody to speak to, I all the time like them to really feel that they will depend on me to provide them that optimistic spark that they want.”

 
On his journey at Kansas State…

“It is truthfully been an incredible journey. I might not need it some other method. I am simply so grateful for Coach Klieman and his workers for coming in and embracing me as an individual and a participant. It made me a greater particular person and a greater participant. All my thanks goes to them and my teammates that we’ve on the roster this season. It has been a blessing to have the ability to play for Coach Klieman and his workers.”

 
On whether or not he ever considered transferring and why he did not…

“My teammates, man. I simply love my staff a lot. It is ridiculous. I actually met brothers for all times right here, and that was actually the holding glue to permit me to remain right here. Yeah, the thought has are available my thoughts. The primary three seasons with the previous workers, and possibly I might wish to attempt elsewhere. However when Coach Klieman and his workers got here in, I simply felt that this was the place the place I wanted to be. All of it labored itself out, and I would not need it some other method. I like Ok-State.”

 
On his reference to quarterback Will Howard

“Properly, I attempt to work with Will any time earlier than or after apply. I all the time like speaking to him about what he is seeing on the sphere, and I simply need to have the ability to be his safety blanket in sure conditions and have the ability to simply enable him to have faith in me. So, I simply need to have the ability to do something and all the things proper in order that after I’m on the market, I can execute and make performs for the staff.”

 
On ending up in his journey taking part in significant performs…

“Sure, and all can say is that it’s really a blessing, and God is superb. It is superb the way it occurred and simply belief the method. And , you must have an sincere self-assessment in relation to sure issues. There have been some issues prior to now that I used to be doing that weren’t permitting me to get on the sphere. However now, after I step again and take a look at what I have to do in another way to permit myself to get on the sphere, I made that dedication for the staff. It was my senior yr, so I simply needed to have the perfect affect that I might with this staff.”

 
On getting his first collegiate catch…

“It truthfully felt nice. I hadn’t felt that feeling since I used to be a senior in highschool, actually my final reception in highschool was November 10, 2015. Actually 5 years in the past, so it felt so good. All I can say is that God is superb, and I like Coach Klieman and his workers for giving me this chance.”

 
JUSTIN HUGHES, SENIOR LINEBACKER
On how he is held up via the offseason…

“I believe I’ve achieved an ideal job holding up. Me, significantly, I simply keep at house, I come into soccer apply, go house and play the video video games. That is what I have been doing. That is my little bubble, NBA bubble. I simply get on Name of Obligation and have day, night time no matter.”

 
On if there household again house he has missed throughout this time…

“Oh, completely my household. The time, the entire pandemic factor once we came upon we could not come again to campus, it was a good time to simply to mirror on who I used to be as an individual. To be at house for an extended, prolonged time period, it was nice being with my household and stuff. I do miss my mother, my dad, my cousins, my sister, my brother, however I do okay. I name them each different week, discuss to them, allow them to understand how I am doing. So, I have been dealing with it fairly effectively.”

 
On what he tells himself to get him via this tough time…

“‘You have been via worse.’ I have been via a lot worse conditions in my life and God has blessed me to make it via these conditions. I do know He would not put me via something that I am unable to deal with. So, I simply inform myself on a regular basis that He is constructed me for this. It doesn’t matter what state of affairs that comes close to me, I can step over it as a result of I do know who I’m, and I do know who God made me to be.”

 
On D.J. Render’s transfer to offense…

“That is humorous that you simply ask as a result of once they moved him from offense to protection, he was one of many first, like he was the primary particular person to return to me and simply be like, ‘J-Ball, are you able to assist me with the playbook? J-Ball, are you able to assist me with this study?’ So I’ve all the time motivated D.J to be the perfect particular person and participant he will be. Irrespective of the place you might be on this discipline, you are serving to this staff and also you being a flexible participant to have the ability to play particular groups, offense, protection you must see that as a present from the staff, the coaches, and God to have the ability to be that athletic to try this and be such a pivotal piece that we want on no matter facet of the ball he’s. So, he got here to me after they moved him again from protection to offense and advised me, ‘Thanks for all the things you have achieved.’ Simply maintain motivating him as a result of he bought down and out as soon as they moved him again, and as soon as he is been in a position to play and present that he can truly get again on the market a receiver and dealing with the stress of going on the market and catching balls and remembering the playbook and all these sorts of issues, he thanked me. I am happy with him, simply to maintain your head stage and to maintain your head, simply keep the course.”

 
On what stands out concerning the West Virginia offense…

“The working again is a very good participant. I might say he is most likely top-of-the-line gamers on their staff. Their protection is stout. They’ve an ideal entrance seven like they all the time do. Their DB’s are all the time bodily. They’re who we thought they’d be, so we simply have to return out and beat them on the bodily sport of soccer and are available out and out-smart them. I believe our coaches are doing an ideal job with our sport plan, and we should always come on the market with an ideal scheme and go on the market and do our job and it needs to be an ideal sport.”

 
On seeing former teammates like Bryon Pringle have success within the NFL…

“Man, it is loopy since you simply see these guys and also you bear in mind all issues that we have been via collectively and seeing them on that stage to the place they all the time needed to be the place their desires are coming true. You simply look how blessed they’re, and also you simply wish to proceed to work so you will get to that stage. You are simply completely satisfied for these guys. You bear in mind all of the summer season exercises that we have been via collectively and people guys pushing me. Byron used to push me via exercises and push me to be the perfect particular person I will be. Hanging out with these guys in Aggieville after a game-winning Saturday. You simply bear in mind all the nice occasions you had with these guys. You name them up and inform them that you simply’re happy with them and also you simply maintain working they usually let you know to do the identical.”

 
On his analysis of the Ok-State protection to date this season…

“Kansas State protection, gritty, by no means goes to surrender regardless of the state of affairs, we’ll exit and play. The d-Line is superb proper now. These guys are attending to the quarterback quicker than we will even get to our drops in move protection. The DB’s are taking part in excellent now, and our run protection is doing very well. We simply must proceed to push again and get some TFLs and do our job. The Kansas State protection is a power to be reckoned with this yr.”

 
On the problem of stopping West Virginia’s Leddie Brown…

“It is an ideal problem, however me and Eli (Sullivan) have been speaking about it. That was the very first thing, we had our captains assembly with Coach Klieman and he was like, ‘What do we’ve to do to beat West Virginia?’ He requested me personally, and I mentioned we’ve to cease the run as a result of their working again is a good participant. If we come on the market and gradual him down, then we will begin forcing some turnovers and get the ball again to our offense to attain some factors on the board. As you may see, we will put some factors on the board in addition to a protection. So, all we’ve to do is get ourselves in nice positions and get some turnovers, and we’ll go on the market and win the ballgame.”

 
On his progress all through the season when it comes to coming off his damage…

“It is doing okay. I might do higher. I maintain myself to a excessive customary. Simply getting that confidence again, I really feel like I am working in the direction of that, and being midway via the season I am considering I am doing an ideal job. So, I simply can’t be arduous on myself. I attempt to be a perfectionist on a regular basis, and I’ve to get to that stage the place I wish to be. I am engaged on that, and it is getting higher every sport. So, I will work on it this week at apply with issues, making tackles, protecting the cup, doing these little issues to truly be at full power. I really feel like I am working in the direction of getting that method.”

 
On the delight of getting a number of gamers from Georgia on the staff…

“I believe the previous teaching workers did an ideal job of recruit the world and getting me, Eli (Sullivan), Duke (Shelley) , Zube (Isaiah Zuber) and creating the gateway for these youthful guys like T.J. (Smith), Tee (Denson), Khalid (Duke), to have the ability to see that, ‘Hey, these guys are going on the market and being profitable, so let me try to go on the market and make assertion for myself and have the ability to go away house, and go away far-off from house and achieve success at a profitable program.’ So, I wish to thank these guys for getting us up right here so we will create a gateway for these youthful guys which might be right here now.”

 
On the damage to TJ Smith

“Yeah completely. Me and Eli’s (Sullivan) locker are beside one another within the locker room. As quickly as he came upon, he got here straight to us and asking us what he must do higher, what he must do to right away to make himself a greater participant so far as his rehab and stuff. I used to be happy with him only for protecting a stage head. I used to be the identical method asking Eli questions on how I could make myself higher via this complete course of. TJ is the sort of man that’s going to work arduous it doesn’t matter what. As you may see as he was doing on the market on the sphere, he was working his method onto the sphere and doing an ideal job. So, I am happy with him. I will proceed to maintain his head in it regardless of as a result of proper after surgical procedure you are likely to get down within the dumps as a result of you may’t go wherever, you may’t transfer actually. It sucks as a result of you take every kind of drugs, it sucks, however me and Eli are going to do an ideal job of protecting him collectively. In contrast to me and Eli, we did not have a number of gamers to go to and to maintain him in it, however now he has two guys from the identical state that is going to maintain him in it and we’ll ensure that he will be taken care of.”

 
On TJ Smith’s aggressive play model…

“I knew as soon as he first stepped on campus and we had our first seven-on-seven, he is at seven-on doing all of the issues. Attempting to compete each snap, each play going full velocity. When you see a younger man on the market like that, it motivates you as an previous man to choose your stuff up as a result of he is shining so that you wish to decide your stuff up. You are simply completely satisfied for these guys who work arduous and regularly work each play, each snap, each down and go as arduous as they will. It will get the sideline going since you’re in a position to see your brother in a position to shine and also you’re completely satisfied for him.”

 
On if he wanted to inform TJ Smith to tone down his aggressiveness in apply…

“No, I truly prefer it as a result of once we go to seven-on-seven, we do that seven-on-seven with one another, Skylar (Thompson) is speaking a lot crap man, and I hate it. So, when TJ breaks up the ball, I am yelling at Skylar like, ‘No you are not going to get it.’ So I am making an attempt to get the protection as hyped as potential so we will go on the market and shut the offense out so we will be like, ‘Man, we kicked y’all’s butt as we speak.’ I like bragging rights, and I recognize TJ for working so arduous as a result of I am unable to stand once they win.”

 
ROSS ELDER, JUNIOR DEFENSIVE BACK
On D.J. Render’s receiver model in comparison with being defensive again…  

“D.J. is an athletic child. You see him on particular groups, and he’s a really versatile man. He was a receiver for 3 years after which tried out DB. He is a man who’s all the time keen to do no matter you need for him. He is a fast, shifty receiver, and he can catch the ball fairly effectively. He’s positively an asset to the offense, so it is good to see him on the market catching balls.”

 
On scoring factors as a protection…

“We delight ourselves on being good and outsmarting the opposite staff. Coach (Joe) Klanderman places us in the fitting spot. You see Justin Gardner, and that was only a good play by him. He noticed two offensive linemen pull to the again with that working again sneaking out, and he was simply sitting there. You noticed Wyatt (Hubert) virtually picked it off as effectively. Our gamers are good. We’re in the fitting spot on the proper time, however you must give credit score to Coach Klanderman for placing us in the fitting spot.”

 
On momentum after profitable 4 video games in a row…

“It is superior. You’re keen on profitable video games. We bear in mind Arkansas State, and that is a intestine verify for all of us. We maintain that very same mindset each week. We’re an underdog once more. As a protection, we wish to maintain it rolling, and we wish to maintain getting off the sphere three and out.”

 
On how he’s taking part in and the way he can enhance…

“I am getting extra snug taking part in. It was my fourth sport again there in opposition to KU. I am simply getting extra snug inside the sport. I have to sort out higher and extra persistently and end on the ball somewhat bit higher. I is usually a higher communicator, however that simply comes with expertise.”

 
On the enjoyable of particular groups…

“It is superior man. We’ve got quite a lot of gamers who purchase into it like Brock Monty and Landry Weber. Stanton Weber, you must give him credit score for developing with the schemes. He spends extra time than anybody within the nation on particular groups. It is actually cool to see guys like Brock and Landry and everyone make investments their time in particular groups. It is a third of the sport and most groups do not understand that, however right here we do, and the coaches put the time into it. We take it very severely. We’ve got been scoring some touchdowns the previous couple video games, so it is fairly large for us.”

 
On D.J. Render’s persona…

“You like to see it. He was within the DB room for the previous yr, so I used to be round him so much. He is all the time speaking and cracking jokes. It is all the time good to have somebody like him within the locker room who uplifts each different particular person behind him. His persona is one thing else, however it’s superior having him within the locker room. He is all the time singing, individuals make enjoyable of him on a regular basis, however he is all the time singing within the locker room.”



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