How different is it having Roy (Williams) and Sloan (Thomas) healthy in terms of putting together game plans against Kansas State?
"A year ago, Roy played on a half leg, yet he was very critical because he drew (Terence) Newman. His presence allowed B.J. (Johnson) a couple of situations where he got one-on-one coverage opposite Newman. The Tulane defensive staff said they knew our receivers were really good, but they had no idea they blocked as well as they did. He had a key block against Tulane on three or four of our explosive plays. He dealt a linebacker out early in the game in a tough situation where Cedric (Benson) had a big play. He blocked two on Vince's long run. On the option to Brett (Robin) down the far sideline, he and T.J. (Tony Jeffery) both did a great job of standing up out there with the DBs. He's playing at a very high level right now."
How much does K-State blitz?
"They're not a huge blitz team. Their numbers of overall snaps would be around 20 percent, but they pick their spots. They play quite a bit of man-to-man with free safety help at various places. They will double two receivers on different formations depending on down and distance. When they blitz, they've been pretty effective. It's almost as if a team blitzes all the time, you gear toward that all week with your protections and quarterbacks. When they don't blitz as much, sometimes if you're not careful, you'll be asleep."
Have you seen defenses change noticeably when Chance and Vince switch?
"Not really. We called the play that Vince had the long run on four times in the game. After they gave it up the first time, they never gave it to him again. I don't see a whole lot of difference in what they call in terms of coming after the two. Probably as the season goes on, we may see some things differently, but I don't right now."
What was surprising about Marshall beating Kansas State?
"I was surprised because that doesn't happen much to that defense. As you would think, Marshall had a big play early in the game. The quarterback also made 25- and 15-yard runs on quarterback draws. That was a good chunk of what they did. Anytime you get 200 yards against K-State on the ground that's a pretty good day's work. "
How often does Chance work past his first read of a play?
"He does it quite a bit, but I don't have a number. The second touchdown pass to Roy (Williams) last week was actually his fourth decision. He started to the front side and saw a rotation. He knew the rotation meant that Roy was single on the backside and flipped it back over there and found Roy. He's taking it through the progression pretty well."
How hard is it to not get carried away with the offense putting up big numbers?
"I think after four games into the year and not being in conference yet, it's a little early to be saying a whole lot about those things. Two weeks in a row we've been leading the nation in scoring, and I think that would be a good thing after the bowl game, but it's pretty early right now."