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K-State licking wounds as it enters bye week

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 26, 2013 at 2:57 am •  Published: September 26, 2013

The past two seasons, a gritty, never-back-down approach carried Kansas State to consecutive seasons of 10-plus wins. It's a mentality that the Wildcats hope to capture once more.

"We've lost sight of the fundamentals of how we're supposed to play this game," sophomore defensive tackle Travis Britz said. "We're known to be hard-working, tough-nosed football team and we lost sight of that."

The Wildcats seemed to have lost it even before a season-opening loss to North Dakota State, and it never really appeared in underwhelming wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and UMass. Then came the letdown in Austin, when the Wildcats were manhandled most of the night by Texas.

"Nobody likes to lose," linebacker Charmeachealle Moore said. "We're striving to get better and like Coach says, every week we have to improve and every week no matter if it's a bye week or if we're playing, we have to improve."

Snyder defended his use of a two quarterback system this week, saying that Waters and Daniel Sams have both done good things, but that neither one of them has earned the full-time job.

Snyder did say that the depth chart will remain fluid.

"It's competitive every day," he said. "Young guys go out and they understand the depth chart is fluid day in and day out and week in and week out. That's consistent. The guys that are doing the best are the guys on top of the depth chart."

The Wildcats don't have much time to figure things out.

They hit the road in their return from a week off to face high-powered Oklahoma State, and then return home to face a Baylor team that seems unstoppable on offense. Then comes another week off before a final stretch of six games in six weeks.

"This is a great week to be able to do ... see where everybody's head is at," Lockett said, "and also to see who's going to get on the train and who's not going to get on the train."