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October 1, 2012Kansas coach Charlie Weis and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder talked with the media during Monday's Big 12 Teleconference. Here are some of the highlights.
Weis on Bradley McDougald
Bradley is one of the few guys on defense that you can count on to make plays. He is one of those competitive types that wants to come up to the line of scrimmage and make plays. He has kind of been invaluable to our group.
I think between working with Dave Campo and Clint Bowen, who handles the secondary, he is playing with a lot more confidence. He is not afraid to pull the trigger in both going after the ball or going up to the line of scrimmage.
Weis on how the Internet/Social Media has changed the game
The Internet changed the game long before we got to Facebook and Twitter because everything becomes so current because everbody is on top of everything all the time. Whether it be football or recruiting, everything becomes common knowledge very quickly. We don't tell players what to say and we profess that they use common sense. For any player to get on Twitter and say something disrespectful to another team doesn't make any sense. Sometimes young men make mistakes about what to say and what not to say and you just have to use that as a teaching moment to let them know that is not what we are looking for.
Weis on the KU/K-State rivalry
When I got here it was always Kansas - Missouri if you were from Kansas, but at Kansas State it was, 'Let's go beat Kansas.' The last three years they have laid a pretty big whooping on us. Now that Missouri is in the SEC, Kansas needs to have that same focus and energy on the in-state rival that Kansas State does. That's the direction we are headed.
Weis on the big numbers that offenses are putting up through college football
It's a tad big scary to tell you the truth because of the volume of points that are being scored. Every week and you look at the scoreboard and look at the numbers. Then you look at the type of numbers the quarterbacks are putting up and I know it's across the country. You look at what Geno Smith did the other day and say how could that possibly happen and how can someone have those types of numbers against a very good competitor. It's kind of scary.
Weis on slowing down Big 12 Offenses
You have to decide as a coach what gives you the best chance to win. I think some of these teams go into these games and think it's going to be one of these high scoring games that will go into the 40's. I try my best to slow the pace down. If the offense can slow the pace down and can take some pressure off the defense, because remember these drives happen in a hurry. I think the problems the defenses have is not just that these offenses are dynamic, but how much time they are spending on the field. The more your defense is rested, the better chance you can control those numbers.
Snyder on motivating his players for this week's rivalry game
I don't think you have to find ways to motivate young guys because I think it means an awful lot to them. We have a lot of young guys from the state of Kansas in the program so it carries some extra meaning for them and their teammates appreciate that a great deal so I think there is a built in motivation.
Snyder on KU's offense
I think we see an offense that presents a lot of issues. The execution is good and the ability to do so many things because of the many formations that they utilize and the variety of schemes. They do something new every week. I think that presents a lot of problems for us.