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Big 12 notebook: Bill Snyder sends handwritten note to North Dakota State quarterback

Snyder: “I do it after virtually every ballgame to young people who I thought played well against us or to coaches for their preparation.”
by Anthony Slater Published: September 9, 2013
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photo - Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder studies the North Dakota State Buffalos prior to the opening kick off of Fan NCAA college football  game in Manhattan, Kan.,  Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.  North Dakota State upset Kansas State 24-21.  (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal)
Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder studies the North Dakota State Buffalos prior to the opening kick off of Fan NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. North Dakota State upset Kansas State 24-21. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal)

“But we will definitely shake things up on the offensive side of the ball,” he continued. “Especially in regards to our pass game. The quarterback reps will change and I would anticipate some starting lineup changes with the receivers, as well.”

TCU COACH IMPRESSED WITH TEXAS TECH QB

 Through two games, Baker Mayfield has earned the respect of coaches and players across the country, even if the true freshman walk-on quarterback hasn't officially earned a scholarship.

“We liked him. He came to our camp,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said of Mayfield. “For whatever reason, we didn't offer him (a scholarship). Obviously we're not very smart. We also didn't offer Johnny Manziel.”

This week, Patterson will get an up close look at what he's missing, as his Horned Frogs head to Lubbock for a nationally televised Thursday night game against Mayfield's Texas Tech team.

“Baker's done an unbelievable job his first two ballgames. I think he's a winner,” Patterson said. “We got our hands full this week.”

Through two games, Mayfield has thrown for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions against SMU and Stephen F. Austin. But this TCU defense will provide his biggest test to date.

QUOTABLES

*Art Briles on the bye week and if he's worried it will stunt the momentum of his Baylor offense, which has put up a combined 139 points and 1,473 yards the first two weeks: “It is what it is. We got an open date, we deal with it. We got some guys who are banged up who it will help, get a little time off this week, but on the flip side, we have been pretty effective when we stepped out on the field, so you'd like to continue that streak.”

*Charlie Weis on quarterback Jake Heaps, who went 10-of-20 for 110 yards and a touchdown in his Jayhawk debut: “I thought he handled what we asked him pretty well, except for one deep ball up the right sideline that he overthrew. I think he threw the ball pretty well.”

*Bob Stoops on his defense: “We're probably faster at every position (than we were last year).”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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