Nov 16, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder reacts to a call on the field by the referees in the game against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second half at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats defeat the Horned Frogs 33-31. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Quote(s) Of The Week: What The Coaches Are Saying...

Here is what Big 12 coaches had to say this week about their teams and the upcoming opponents:

Bill Snyder, Kansas State, on his teams’ impressive turnaround after starting league play 0-3:

“”This is not the time to reflect back and say we have arrived because we have not. We have won four games in a row. I do not know how big a deal that is. For this group, coming from where they were, they have made that improvement, and so they have accomplished something up to this point in time. But that could go by the wayside in a heartbeat.”

Art Briles, Baylor, on the impressive performance of the Bears’ backup running backs this season:

“First off, its a tribute to our offensive line and (quarterback) Bryce Petty, without question. If you don’t have the threat to throw the ball, you have a hard time running the ball. Bryce has done that and our receivers have done that. Plus, our offensive line started out as the strength of our football team, and I think that’s held true throughout these four months. That allows people to plug in and be successful.”

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State, on playing the Bayloir juggernaut this weekend:

“They’ve (Baylor) pretty much had their way with everybody they’ve played this year. The quarterback (Bryce Petty) is good and is as accurate as any we’ve seen in the league in four or five years, including the guys who played in this league and are playing in the NFL right now. They’ve got depth at running back and speed at receiver. The offensive line is good in what they ask them to accomplish during the game. They’re defense is very athletic. They’ve got guys who can play in the NFL..They run to the ball, they make plays, they tackle, they play with a lot of energy and they’re aggressive…We’ve got our work cut out for us this week.”

Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech, on if he was expecting Baylor to run the ball as well against the Red Raiders with the Bears’ top two running backs out:

“I knew that the third one, (Shock) Linwood, was as good as the other two from watching the previous games. he’s a special player and did a great job. The )Baylor) offensive line is really good, and that, to me, is what jumps out. From some of their previous teams, they’ve always had great skills, but those guys are moving bodies up front.”

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, on what his thoughts are about the potential of breaking Barry Switzer’s all-time win total by beating Bill Snyder, one of his biggest mentors:

“Winning there (at Kansas State on Saturday) would be great for our season, and this season for all the right reasons. Outside of that, coach Snyder and I aren’t going to play. We have got teams and staff and a bunch of people working with us, and it will be one team against the other.”

Charlie Weis, Kansas, on how big the Jayhawks’ win over West Virginia last weekend was for the older guys in the KU program:

“After the game, I said for all you guys that have been here for five years, who are on the John Belushi plan to be in college for so many years, that’s who I was happiest for. You go through all of these coaching changes and all of these losses on top of it. The combination of instability and and everyone getting on you and telling you how crummy you are…you’re showing up and working just as hard as everyone else in America is, if not harder. Even though there hasn’t been a bunch of rewards, a game like Saturday was so good to look into their faces, to see the absolute joy.”



Tags: Art Briles Baylor Bears Big 12 Football Bill Snyder Bob Stoops Charlie Weis Kansas Jayhawks Kliff Kingsbury Mike Gundy Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys Texas Tech Red Raiders

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