Wildcats hold players-only meeting

Oct 21, 2017; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats tight end Dayton Valentine (88) runs on the field with the American Flag prior to the game against OU at Bill Snyder Family Stadium ©Kelly Ross KWCH12

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH) -- Senior offensive lineman Dalton Risner held a players-only meeting this week to discuss the 2-4 start to the Kansas State season.

“I’m going to be honest, I went to Coach Snyder and said I feel like we need to get together as a team. Sometimes with football teams, you need to just talk as players because it’s our team," he said.

Risner last attended a players-only meeting when he was a redshirt freshman and the team started 3-6.

"We kind of got the train back on track and won the last three games of the year. So, I was sitting there thinking, ‘Hey, we’re 2-4, let’s not wait until we’re 2-6 or 3-6."

Risner said the team came off a good offensive performance but still needed to discuss the future of the season.

"Guys got off their chest what they think we need to change," he said. "The reason it was a good meeting, guys, is because it wasn’t about what can the coaches do different, or what can the community do different or everyone else do different – it was about what can we do different as players."

Bill Snyder said he gave Risner permission to hold the meeting.

“If it’s going to be productive, then I think it's appropriate. I trust Dalton (Risner) and Dalton wanted to talk with the players and illicit thoughts from the players at the same time," he said. "We’ve done it before. You’ve got to have a great deal of trust in your players to consent, to allow that to happen – although they have control over whether they get together or not. I think it went well from what I understand.”

Kansas State will look to win its first Big 12 game of the season this Saturday, when the Wildcats host Oklahoma State at 11am.