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K-State’s Bill Snyder calls Big 12 predictions ‘guesswork’

07/22/2013 4:31 PM

07/22/2013 4:31 PM

A year ago at Big 12 football media days, when Kansas State was picked to finish near the bottom of the league’s preseason poll, Bill Snyder said he wasn’t bothered by the prediction. If he had a vote, he said he would have picked the Wildcats to finish 99th.

His opinion hasn’t changed.

On Monday at Big 12 media days, Snyder said he had no problem with the Wildcats being picked to finish sixth in the conference’s preseason media poll. He thinks preseason predictions are difficult for everyone.

“That’s guesswork, at best,” Snyder said.

Given all K-State loses from last season (Collin Klein, Chris Harper, Arthur Brown and the majority of its starting defense), Snyder joked that he still wouldn’t mind if the Wildcats were picked to finish 99th.

Other highlights from his time at the main table:

• Snyder thinks returning only Ty Zimmerman and Tre Walker as starters on defense will be difficult for reasons that go beyond the obvious. “When you lose as many as we did on defense,” Snyder said, “that can have an affect on special teams.”

Snyder was later asked if a productive running game, with an emphasis on ball control, could help K-State’s defense. While it is true the Wildcats could stay fresh by staying off the field, they will still need to make plays when they are on the field.

“Our defenses will have a tremendous challenge because of the speed and tempo of the teams in the Big 12 conference,” Snyder said.

• Did winning a Big 12 championship last season cause any significant changes within the program?

“I don’t know that anything has changed,” Snyder said. “We went through a period of time my first go around (where we had sustained success), so it’s not abnormal. I thought it was a very, very fine year. I was pleased with it. By the same token we have had our bad years, too. I don’t think we responded to it any different than we always would.”

• K-State won’t name a starting quarterback until the season approaches, but Jake Waters or Daniel Sams (whoever wins) should be well protected. K-State returns its entire starting offensive line from last season.

Said Snyder: “If I’m the quarterback, I’m awful happy about it.”

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