Kansas State’s Vanier Family Football Complex was once again filled with positivity and excitement, much like the week before. This week, the buzz was for a dominating win against Missouri and a new alternate uniform on the horizon, to wear against Tulane. Here are the most notable things to come out of today’s media availability in Manhattan.
Alternate uniform emotion
As many already know, the Wildcats will finally try to get a win with Chris Klieman in something other than the standard set of home and away uniforms. This weekend against Tulane the Cats they will take the field wearing white helmets with Willie the Wildcat on one side and a black number on the other. That will be paired with white pants that have been worn three times before, all in 2019 against Baylor, West Virginia and Navy.
After making fun of the uniforms on Monday, Chris Klieman stepped up to the microphone on Tuesday before the launch. “It’s something Al and I have been talking about and part of it is supply and demand and shipping and receiving. Everything seemed to go according to plan for Al, and so did time. Pretty simple there.”
As for the players’ hype for uniforms, Adrian Martinez and Kade Warner donned different looks in their time in Nebraska, but both knew how exciting it would be for the team.
“It was definitely really cool,” Warner said. He was also aware that it was not something that “doesn’t happen very often” in K-State.
Martinez added a comedic nature to talking about the uniforms, so focused on preparing for game week that he dove into talking about Tulane when asked, “Are you excited for a new look this weekend?” After a few seconds of serious conversation about the game, he admitted, “I guess I misunderstood your question. Are you talking about new uniforms? Yeah, the guys are excited.”
Kansas State to debut new alternate uniforms against Tulane
Nebraska coaching vacancy
Several times the search for trainers in Nebraska became a topic of conversation within the Steel and Pipe Supply Theater. First to Chris Klieman, whose name has been mentioned by several national college football writers as a possible candidate for the job at Lincoln. Klieman took them down on Tuesday.
“Scott Frost is a friend of mine, I hate to see him. I don’t know what is going on or what has happened. I really like it here at Kansas State. I can only say one name and that is Gene Taylor. Gene is my boy.
Another interesting prospect came from Nebraska trade Adrian Martinez. It was an uncertain situation where he was involved from start to finish with Frost at Lincoln and at first he wasn’t going to say much about the situation, but added “there are still a lot of people that I care a lot about, and you.” I never like to see a man lose his job no matter what. So thoughts with him and the guys and the coaches and support staff that are there.”
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Defensive reinforcements returning from lost time
Josh Hayes made his press conference debut Tuesday after appearing in his first game as a Wildcat on Saturday. Hayes flew all over the football field and delivered key shots for K-State’s solid defense.
“It was amazing to be able to put on those pads and all my brothers in the locker room and play a little bit of soccer. Simply amazing.”
Hayes also added that he wasn’t even on the sidelines in the first week, when he missed the Wildcat win over South Dakota.
More help will be on the way, similar to Hayes’ return after the start of the season. It won’t be this weekend, but Chris Klieman provided a brief update on linebackers Shawn Robinson and Will Honas.
“Approaching both, I don’t have a definite timeline.”
hard work and selflessness
A constant in Klieman’s comments Tuesday were words like “selfless” and “hard work.” He used those descriptors for Brendan Mott, Desmond Purnell, Hayden Gillum, and Austin Moore.
Purnell was recognized for his attention to detail and the effort he put into special teams. “The only guy we were worried about was the shield player and Desmond Purnell blocked him from the moment he was kicked to the moment the ball was in the end zone,” Klieman said.
For the other three, they all had to work hard to get to the point of becoming regulars in the K-State field. “I wish we had 15 Austin Moores … and we’re getting closer to having that,” the Wildcat head coach said.
Klieman on what Tulane brings to the table
Chris Klieman and Tulane head coach Willie Fritz clashed when Klieman was the defensive coordinator at North Dakota State, and Fritz was the head coach at Sam Houston State. In two meetings in the FCS National Championship, Klieman’s Bison held Fritz’s Bearkat offense to a combined 19 points.
“Willie was at Sam Houston State when I was at NDSU. I had very good battles with him.”
Klieman was skeptical that their previous meetings on the field had anything to do with the outcome of this week’s matchup a decade after the fact. “We’re both so different from when he was… a lot of respect for the quality of the man that he is and the quality of the show that he runs.”
the best of the rest
The final note of the day was Kade Warner analyzing his close pass attempt on Saturday and also the assessment of his Hall of Fame quarterback father (Kurt Warner).
“I would love to throw the ball as many times as they let me. We got through the week and I had to activate that back lock and as we lined up I said come here, and he was there looking at Deuce.
“The [Kurt] He texted me and asked, “Why didn’t you throw that ball? I saw the TV copy yesterday and they showed my dad in the stands afterward, and I was probably thinking ‘what are they doing?'”
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