October 18, 2007
The Royal Treatment
It's said that Ron Prince never utters the name of the next opponent on Kansas State's schedule in his weekly media conference.
But this week? Different story.
"Oklahoma State is an offensive juggernaut," Prince said.
Seems a little above and beyond the typical "Our next opponent will be tough to beat" coach-speak, huh?
One K-State beat writer told Oklahoma City's Sports Animal radio station that he had never heard the second-year Wildcat head coach mention another opponent by name before. The voice of the Wildcats, Wyatt Thompson, told the Animal that Prince called Cowboy tight end Brandon Pettigrew "Shaq" - after Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal - because of his big frame. So it's pretty apparent that Prince has a lot of respect for an OSU team which seems to be on the upswing both defensively and offensively.
"They average 6.6 yards every time they snap the ball, 484 yards per game, and they've scored 29 touchdowns on the season," Prince said. "They rank significantly higher than us in the key categories that we think are the most concerning, that we try to be good at, the red zone defense, third-down offense and passing efficiency. They've got players either at or near the top in all of the important defensive categories that matter - sacks, tackles for loss, fumbles forced and overall tackles."
Prince seems like he has more than his fair share of respect for the Pokes - especially on offense. In his short tenure in Manhattan, the Junction City native has developed a reputation of being honest - to the point of being blunt. Basically, he's not afraid to speak his mind.
Asked what he thought of Zac Robinson, who will see his sixth career start against the Wildcats, Prince said the Cowboy offense helps quarterbacks be successful.
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