August 18, 2007

Practice not perfect in Prince's eyes

Moments after Kansas State wrapped up its fall training camp with a final two-and-a-half hour session at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the sky began to spit. Interestingly, Coach Ron Prince also described his team's performance as "stormy." But the Wildcats' two preseason first-team All-Big 12 selections didn't allow their coach's assessment douse their own two weeks from the start of the season.

"I'm not worried about where the team is now," senior free safety Marcus Watts said. "I know come Monday and the week of Auburn we're going to be ready to go and we're going to be practicing hard."

K-State will open its season at No. 14 Auburn on Sept. 1 in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

Just as the Wildcats endured two weeks of training camp, they will have two weeks to fine-tune some situations and address lingering concerns before traveling to face the Tigers, who are 21-2 against non-conference opponents at home since 1999. The Wildcats will look to improve upon their 1-5 record last season against ranked opponents. They will next practice Monday afternoon on the first day of fall classes.

"You can get a tremendous amount better in (two weeks)," said junior defensive end/outside linebacker Ian Campbell. "If you compare us now, we've been in camp (two weeks) and if you want to go from day one to now, it's night and day.

"It might not be night and day from now until then, but it definitely can be evening to sunrise."

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