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Bill Snyder's comments from Big 12 Media Days

By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star

Bill Snyder just stepped off the stage at Big 12 Media Days. He addressed several topics. Here is a quick recap:

– Coming off a 10-win season and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl, many thought the Kansas State football team would face extremely high expectations this year, especially with Collin Klein and Arthur Brown returning. But when the Big 12 released its preseason media poll, the Wildcats were picked sixth.

How does Snyder think his team will respond to that? He isn’t sure, but in his experience it’s easier to deal with being the underdog than the favorite.

“If you look back at last season, we moved up maybe six slots,” Snyder said. “I just hope we can do something similar to that. For us that’s not really significant … Last year we obviously played reasonably well under those circumstances.”

He is urging his players not to take anything for granted, and focus on internal expectations more than outside expectations.

– Snyder thinks the Big 12 is now a stable conference and in much better shape than it has been in recent years.

“The universities that make up the Big 12 right now are heavily committed to the conference,” Snyder said.

– Because Tyler Lockett suffered a minor injury at the end of spring practices and didn’t participate in the spring game, Snyder worries some think the sophomore wide receiver is behind schedule in his recovery from a lacerated kidney, which cut his season short a year ago.

But that is not the case.

“He has recovered fully and is having a productive summer as well,” Snyder said. “He should be well prepared to play.”

– When Snyder came out of retirement to coach K-State a few years ago, his biggest concern was team leadership. He no longer has that fear. He thinks the Wildcats have more than enough players capable of becoming leaders this season.

“I see a great deal of growth in that respect,” Snyder said.

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