Wildcats think they’re Stanford: REALLY?

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I saw some jaw-dropping quotes from some Kansas State players, and do not misunderstand—I admire what Bill Snyder has done with the Wildcats, yet cannot comprehend some of the reaching statements I read.  Our center, Hroniss Grasu, was quoted by Register-Guard when talking about the Stanford game as, “I’ve been thinking a lot about the Stanford game.  It pretty much went down to who was more physical.  They were more physical than us,…we can’t make that mistake again because Kansas State plays very similar.  It’s not anything complicated, they play really hard and they’re coached well.”

The Defensive Coordinator for Kansas State, Tom Hayes, was quoted again by the R-G as, “One of the things we believe in is being fundamental…”  He went on to say, “Stanford is somewhat similar to us, in that they’re not a big pressure team.  Doesn’t mean they don’t do it, but they don’t rely on it.  They line up well, defeat blocks, tackle well in space, keep the big plays in front of them.”

Stanford had a perfect storm of great technique, some great schemes against us that we have explained on this site already, and tremendous athleticism.  We had more missed blocks by Offensive linemen and Wide Receivers that night than any game in the last three years, and our response of blocking superbly the next week against Oregon State, I believe, is a better indicator of our offense.

“I know Stanford, and you sir, are not Stanford!”

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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...