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Happy 72nd Birthday to Bill Snyder

7 Oct

Coach Snyder discusses a play with an official during the Baylor game. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP)

Since the Kansas State coach only takes time to eat twice a day, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be spending much time celebrating his birthday today, particularly with a game against a deceptively capable 2-2 Missouri team happening tomorrow.

On Tuesday, he acknowledged this. With a wry laugh, he said that Friday would consist of meetings … nothing birthday-related. Still, even if his birthday doesn’t excite him very much, you know other people want to tease him and congratulate him about it. That got me thinking – What would be a good present for Bill Snyder?

I started pondering all the different aspects of the game and life – because most of the principles he endorses are tied to both – that seem to make him happiest: family, constant improvement, discipline, and winning. While he doesn’t talk about that last one in such passionate terms as the others, I noticed that on Tuesday he wore a bright purple tie instead of the demure, pale yellow one he usually sports for press conferences. With a bit of poetic license, I interpret that as his optimism/excitement about the success this season’s team has had.

Anyway … combining all those elements … I think I’ve come up with an acceptable present for Coach Snyder:

A win in which the Wildcats 1) get more yardage than they’ve amassed against comparable opponents this season while giving up less, 2) commit no penalties or turnovers because everyone is in the right place at the right time, and 3) display tremendous morale and support for each other throughout the game.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

26 Apr

It’s that time of year again. The trees have recovered their leaves and those beautiful little purple flowers, the scurrying of squirrels and birds makes walking around campus a little more entertaining than usual, and there is finally no snow in the forecast. Accordingly, we sports fans and sports writers prepare ourselves for a preview of what is still probably the most popular sport of Kansas State: football. The spring game is on Saturday, and many are anxious for their first look at the new faces of the team.

I have class during the press conferences this semester, but the team’s sports information director sends out a transcript of each one, so here’s the latest that coach Bill Snyder and various players have had to say about the team and its progress.

First of all, the coach said the players did situational scrimmaging – setting up in preparation for different scenarios – for the entirety of Saturday’s practice. He said the quarterbacks threw for 600 yards, collectively, and took steps in the right direction for the majority of the day. Also, it impressed him that the defense held the offense to under 4 yards per rush throughout the scrimmaging, hopefully indicating that the unit will shed its reputation of not being able to defend against the run. He was happy with two groups in particular.

“From an individual standpoint, I was impressed by our second group of wide receivers,” Snyder said. “I also thought Sheldon Smith really stepped up and proved that he can get himself on the field. Torell Miller did the exact same thing as well as Curry Sexton. All three of those guys worked with our twos and really did a nice job in the scrimmage. I thought on the other side of the ball that our linebackers continued to take steps forward. They really played faster throughout the course of the scrimmage and I am pleased with the progress that they have made.”

Maybe the most publicized pair of the players on this year’s team are Bryce and Arthur Brown, brothers from Wichita who transferred to Kansas State from Tennessee and Miami, respectively. According to the online roster, Bryce is a sophomore running back, while his brother is a junior linebacker.

Snyder said Bryce runs well and has really good speed and is developing into a multifaceted player who is improving his blocking and proving that he can be involved in the passing game. However, the other running backs are coming along nicely as well, the coach said.

“I really like the progress that we are making at that position,” Snyder said. “He is the fastest of the group and more physical than the other two at least in stature to John Hubert and Robert Rose. Robert (Rose) has really come into his own, but we saw that last year when he worked on the scout team. All three of them are really competitive right now.”

Junior linebacker Blake Slaughter had good things to say about Bryce’s brother, Arthur, when asked about him last week.

“He is an extremely talented player. He is also [a] quiet leader. He is just a great person to be around and a great addition to the defense.”

Obviously, it’s hard to draw conclusions about the ability of the team as a whole from seeing part of it play against another part of it, but it is a nice opportunity to see what some of the individual players can bring to the table come fall.