AUSTIN — Texas offensive play-caller Jay Norvell has known Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder for “half my life.”
Hence, Norvell is not expecting to see the same KSU team this week that laid a 55-0 egg last week at home against Oklahoma.
In fact, considering that Snyder was so embarrassed by the loss that he wrote an open apology for the performance, Norvell is fully expecting the Wildcats of October 24 to bear no resemblance to the Wildcats of October 17.
“Obviously Oklahoma was very motivated,” Norvell said at Tuesday’s media availability. “I see a highly-motivated Kansas State defense coming in here. In their history, they don’t lose multiple games in a row very often. We have to be ready and very hungry to get the win.”
Norvell – who said he’s known Snyder since he played college football at Iowa – said he definitely could see similarities between Snyder and his current boss, Charlie Strong.
“Both are hard workers,” Norvell said. “Both are very detailed. The job he’s done at Kansas State is unprecedented. I talk to him on a regular basis…I know this, you can’t make mistakes if you play him. We’re going to play a very talented football team that’s been embarrassed.”
And also, “He wrote me a (handwritten) note after we played Alabama when I was at Oklahoma, and I’ve kept it. He’s a coach I’ve respected over the years… 1st class all the way.”
* Injuries – Norvell said Daje Johnson and Kent Perkins are practicing this week, and that he expects them to play against the Wildcats
* On the emergence of Lorenzo Joe: “He’s a great example for everyone else on the team, in that he hasn’t played a lot but he’s worked his tail off and kept a good attitude.”
* On the lack of passing game since the California loss: “We absolutely want to be more productive in the passing game. We’ve been very banged up, up front, and losing Daje hurt us. The bye week has helped us heal up, and getting Perk back is helpful. We weren’t 100 percent against Oklahoma, to be honest with you.”
QUARTERBACK JERROD HEARD
* On the mindset of the team: “Right now it’s straight hungry. We’ve got to grow from two weeks ago (against OU)
* On getting Daje Johnson and Kent Perkins back in the lineup: “It’s a plus, for sure. It’s going to be exciting.”
* On trying to improve his pocket awareness/patience: “Sometimes you see lanes and want to go too quick. But that’s what I’m working on.”
* On the identity of his offense: “We want to be a run-first, nasty, get after you offense.”