What Chris Klieman is saying ahead of Kansas State's game at Iowa State

What Chris Klieman is saying ahead of Kansas State’s game at Iowa State

On Cheatum cont’d…

“Boy, tons of snaps, tons of experience. A guy that loves football. He’s a junkie, he’s up there like Kobe Savage is all the time and Josh Hayes and those guys, some of those newer players that want to keep learning more about the game. He’s an unselfish guy. He’s playing a little bit more than Cincere but both he Cincere are playing and they complement each other really well. I think Drake’s excited about the opportunity he’s been given to play power five football at a place like this where football really matters and the fan base loves football and the community loves football and he’s having a lot of fun out there.”

We go for it on fourth down…

“Yeah, well, we knew it going into Texas Tech that they know they were gonna go for it. First fourth down. We knew it. We had calls and we prepped calls pretty quickly during the week meaning we would simulate a third and six , get a four-yard gain and come right back on the ball and go for it on fourth and two. So we had some calls that coach Klanderman knew he was going to make to try to get us lined up. I think that helped us a bunch for starters. And then secondly, it’s still a game about a game of possessions. How many possessions are there? How many possessions do you still have left? I watched just a very little of Baylor and Oklahoma State. But Baylor goes for it on fourth down as much or more than anybody does. And they threw maybe a seven-yard touchdown or something on a fourth and five I think it was in the third quarter. I know they were down but that’s the thing. If you give it up, maybe they score maybe they don’t, but you lose three or four minutes you probably lost a pos session. It’s what it comes down to.”

On Adryan Lara…

“He’s got unbelievable arm talent. Unbelievable arm talent throwing the ball from hash to the opposite sideline. Granted, it’s scout team stuff and we’re running cards and he’s delivering the ball. He puts it in tight windows. You know, I’ m excited for him as a young player. I don’t know how that translates to our offense. We’ll find out a little bit in the open week but he’s doing a really good job. We’ve got a number of wide receivers there that challenge our guys. It’s fun because we have a really good, deep group of scout team wide receivers, and a quarterback that likes to throw it around on the scout team and that that’s going to do nothing but help us as we keep moving forward.”

On Iowa State’s run defense…

“I don’t know all of Texas Tech’s previous opponents as far as the quarterback run stuff, that’s the whole thing is, if you have the ability to run the quarterback on design runs or on scrambles it stresses a run defense. It really does . And I think we probably had more design runs and a lot of teams that they had played. And so that was just part of our game plan. Iowa State’s going to be a different look for us. It’s going to be way different configuration as far as the front, the linebackers, and the secondary. And I know they’re going to try to take it away. That’s why we have to have more options than what we had on Saturday once that game started to take shape the way it did.”

On Gavin Forshea…

“I thought he was calm. I didn’t think he had a lot of trade shifts and motions, that in-tempo stuff that I think you’ll get better and learn from, but I thought he was calm and didn’t think the stage was at all too big for him. He made a couple of really good plays. I think that playing those substantial snaps in the fourth quarter he was on the field, Uso was on the field, Jacob Parrish was on the field, VJ Payne were on the field in the fourth quarter together and those are guys that I mentioned that we’re going to need as we go through this grind of the next couple months and so to get those guys valuable snaps early enough in conference play, so that if you have one of those games where they have to maybe take the lion’s share of the reps because of an injury or something that they’re prepared for them.”

On Anudike-Uzomah and Duke having three sacks each…

“Yeah, I didn’t even realize that until a little while after the game. I knew that we’d had a number of negative plays against them. But that’s what we hoped for. Maybe not six. We hoped for a few sacks and a lot of pressure with the game plan that we had had for Texas Tech and trying to attack some of the protections that they had with those two. But that was pretty unique. I did not know that was the first time in school history there .”

On Duke being Big 12 DPOW…

“Yeah, how about that, the kid didn’t even participate in fall camp. And he’s on week five and he gets Player of the Week in the league and just continues to show the growth that he has. The strength coming back in from his injury, all that stuff. I’m excited to see Khalid playing at a level that I knew and he knew he could play it. I think we all knew that was in him. I know he was playing a different position but when he is going a million miles an hour like he was on Saturday, he’s hard to block.”

On facing a lefty quarterback…

“There are probably more coaching points as far as scramble and rush and where you’re trying to get a guy to flush out that part of it yes. But, the game is still going to be played the same as far as your run game and different looks. I mean, we boot to the left just like we would boot to the right, they do the same. But some of the scramble and rush lanes maybe.”

On Noah Johnson…

“Well, you make sure and grab Noah, he’s a strength and conditioning intern for us now. And he’s down quite a bit of weight and looks really good. Looks like a power lifter now. And soNoah’s around all the time, but Gilly has taken over where Noah was at. And so Gilly’s kind of this years Noah and doing a pretty good job of replicating some of the things that Noah did as far as the energy at practice. He gets the guys going but it’s fun to have Noah back with our team.”

On turning turnovers into touchdowns…

“I think Coach Klein would agree and we talked about it. Maybe our sequencing of some plays would help us in that time. During those couple of times. We can’t get behind the sticks. When I say behind the sticks, we can ‘t get to second and 10 or second and 11 or have a false start and be first and 15, and that hurts when you’re trying, and sometimes when you get a turnover where you take a shot and you take a shot and it’s a big play. It’s great. You take a shot and you either give up a sack or it’s incomplete your second and ten and then you’re behind the chains a little bit and yeah, it’s something that you don’t want to over- emphasize. It’s like starting the first half or starting the second half and some of those things, but we know we’ve got to capitalize when we do get the turnovers.”

On if missing those hurts the player’s confidence…

“No, I don’t think it does. Our guys are playing with a lot of confidence right now and a lot of belief. I think that this that’s the biggest thing they’re playing with such great belief in each other and in the plans that they feel like ‘hey, we just got to stay the course and stay patient and we’ll find a way.’

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