Manhattan, Kan. -

Head Coach Bill Snyder and the K-State Wildcats addressed the media on Tuesday to preview the upcoming Iowa State match up. The common feeling among the players was that the Wildcats started the season the way they wanted to with the 55-16 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. Ready or not, Big 12 play is already here for the Wildcats as they prepare for the Iowa State Cyclones this weekend. Here is the complete transcript from the press conference:

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the season opener...
"Well, overall it was a passing grade. There are still, which is true on both sides of the ball, an awful lot of mistakes to get corrected. There are a lot of things that you have concerns about. I thought we played well, and maybe the best way to put it is perhaps not quite as consistent as you would like to be. In instances where we may have made a bad play, bad decision or did not execute well at some point in the ballgame, the same opportunities arose and we were successful at it. It is not that we are incapable of anything, but you have to play consistently every snap and give the best that you have. We just have to maintain consistency and correct some of those mistakes at all times as opposed to on occasion."

On Mark Mangino being back in the Big 12...
"Well it is always a concern because of certain things that he has an awareness of as it relates to your program. Certainly, Mark (Mangino) has been a part of our offense for his tenure here. You would have some concerns about what he would be able to convey to his defensive coaches in regards to our offense. My thoughts were, after visiting with Mark before he went to Youngstown State, was that he was anxious and ready to get back. I think he enjoyed his time up there, and he just wanted to continue to move. I think it also gave his son, who has been an effective coach in the community-college ranks, an opportunity. I was pleased for him to get back into it."

On noticing Mangino's play calling...
"Well yes. There is a mixture of Iowa State previously and the University of Kansas and the things that we did here at Kansas State. It is all there and it is pretty broad based, so it is not a lot of things that we have not seen and we have an awareness of, but some of it is added on as well. You do not see all of the plays when you go back and look at the University of Kansas tape or that you did not see here or his stop at Oklahoma."

On the performance of the wide receivers on Saturday...
"I was reasonably pleased with their effort and their execution for the most part. As I have said before in here, I think during the course of the two-a-days period that group had started off well and towards the end tended to fade a little bit, but then started to go on an upward path in regards to execution and all that goes along with it. I thought they continued to do that on Saturday. I still think that there are a lot of things that need to get dealt with, but they did not take a step back. I thought they stepped forward. I was pleased for the most part."

On the play of the first-time starters on Saturday...
"Well I think a number of the first-time starters really did very well, maybe even above and beyond expectations in that regard. There is no one that I can single out as much, but I thought Matt Kleinsorge, for instance, really stepped up. To my knowledge, after I viewed the tape and had discussions with Coach (Charlie) Dickey, he had one bad play, but the rest of them he did quite well. I thought Ajhane Brager, who came in when Cody (Whitehair) left the ballgame, played well. I thought he played well after we moved our offensive line around, but towards the end of the ballgame I thought he played well for the first time and being frightened to death. I though Elijah Lee, defensively, as a true freshman had a productive day as well. I do not want that to be the kiss of death for any of them. They still all have a long way to go, but I was pleased with what most of them did."

On other receivers playing with Tyler Lockett sitting out after the first quarter last week...

"We're the type of program that we're going to do what we do. I've always said that we want to do what our players are capable of doing. We don't have anything set aside saying, `This is Tyler Lockett, and we can't do this without Tyler Lockett,' or whoever else it may be. If you do that, then you're bouncing around all year and I don't really want to do that. I want to acclimate guys to be able to run our offense, run our defense, execute our special teams, etc. If you're a backup guy, then you have to step up and do those kinds of things. Also, and I've said this before as it relates to Tyler, he just has to fit into our offense and not put ourselves in a position, whether its him or whoever it happens to be, that all of a sudden our structure becomes very limited in what we're capable of doing. We have to work on all of it with everybody."

Senior Quarterback Jake Waters
On playing Iowa State...
"It is going to be a special experience for me, going there as a kid and seeing the games and not knowing if I was going to be able to play there, but I have to treat it like every other game. I cannot go out there and try to win the game on the first play or on one single play. I have to go out and prepare the way that I know how and take what the defense gives me."

On Mark Mangino and the Iowa State offense...
"I have a little knowledge on him. He is a great offensive coach and has a great offensive mind. They have a bunch of athletes. They just lost a receiver, which definitely hurts them, but they got a great receiver recruit that came in. They are going to have playmakers and they are going to move the ball on anyone. It is going to be a great challenge for our defense, but I know they are up for it and I know they are excited for it."

On K-State's defense...
"I have all the confidence in the world in our defense. They played great last Saturday and going out against anyone, I am taking our guys. I cannot wait to see them out there on Saturday."

Senior Running Back DeMarcus Robinson
On the play of the running backs in the opener...
"I feel like we played good as a whole offense. All of the running backs got to get out there and get some experience, and I think coach was pleased on how we played."

On when he found out he would earn his first career start...
"It was after practice, and, I don't know, I was not really that shocked about it. What really shocked me was when I got out there, I stayed out there longer than I thought I would."

On the offensive options...
"I think everyone brings different things to the game. You have Jake (Waters) and you have Charles (Jones). I think we all have different running styles and that is something we are going to be able to explore out there on the field."

Sophomore Running Back Charles Jones
On building upon last week's performance...
"To keep running hard, and the offensive line to keep blocking great and making big holes. Also, being consistent in our running game."

On expecting a much more physical game this week...
"I guess you can say that. Every time going into a conference game, it is a little more intense than it was last week."

On his comfort level in the Wildcat formation...
"I think that I felt a little comfortable. Coach (Dana) Dimel likes the package and we ran it a good deal in camp. They have confidence in me to run the package. So we will see what it holds in the future."

Junior Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On first start...
"As a defense, as a whole, I think we played well early on. We had a few issues with the quarterback scramble and they had a few big plays. Me, personally, I had a deep ball thrown on me and missed a few tackles. Part of it was just first game jitters and working them out. I have a lot to improve on and I always want to get better."

On correcting defensive errors...
"A lot of it is just being disciplined, staying in our lanes and containing the quarterback. We will be preparing for that this week because the quarterback for Iowa State can run."

On Iowa State's game against North Dakota State...
"North Dakota State and Iowa State are both good teams. We lost to North Dakota State last year, so we knew they were a tough football team. I do not think they have lost a game the last two years. Iowa State has always been a tough team. They are a lot like us. They are disciplined and work very hard, but North Dakota State is the truth. I am impressed by them and I hope they have a great season."

Sophomore Linebacker Will Davis
On limiting explosive plays...
"I think we did pretty well, obviously with room for improvement. That is one of the things that we strive for every week, but we did give up some explosive plays in the scramble. We have to get better at that."

On Iowa State's lack of big plays in its season opener...
"I know that they have potential for big plays. We are definitely preparing for that, for explosive players. Their quarterback is very good, their running back is very good and they are talented on every side of the ball. We know that they definitely have that potential."

On the secondary this week against Iowa State...
"I always have faith in our defensive backs - I think that they are the best defensive backs in the Big 12. I am confident in their ability and I think that they are confident in their ability. It is just a matter of them going out and playing."

Freshman Linebacker Elijah Lee
On playing in his first collegiate game...
"Saturday was a new experience, just being a freshman and getting to see an environment like that. My teammates just told me to relax and play my game and I would be fine. When the game started, I was kind of nervous, but after I got the first sack, I started to get the feel of things. I knew I could hang in there with those guys now and my teammates kept encouraging me to get better and better."

On if he expected to play as a true freshman...
"No, at the beginning of the summer, I just came in and tried to get the flow of everything. Then toward the end of the summer, I started to compete because I know there is an opportunity for a redshirt, but if you are ready to play, they put you on the field."

On competition level within the team...
"Any competition is not going to be easy, but with the great guys here there is always going to be competition."