After pinning Oklahoma inside the 20-yard line on all five of his punts last weekend, Kansas State senior Ryan Doerr was the obvious choice for Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Field position was a key part of the Wildcats’ victory over the Sooners, and Doerr delivered every time he stepped onto the field.
He was happy to help his team in any way he could, and was naturally excited on the plane ride home. Hearing that he earned an honor from the Big 12 on Monday pumped him up even more. It wasn’t until later that day that he spoke with his mother on the phone that he tried to calm himself down.
“I talked to my mom for probably 10 minutes and she was so happy,” Doerr said. “I was like, ‘Mom, it's OK. It's not like I'm up for the Heisman like Collin (Klein).’ She was just excited and told me to take it in. I said, ‘I'll try.’
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Doerr is having a good final year with the Wildcats. He started the season with a slight injury, and only saw time as the holder on kicks against Missouri State. But he has looked strong punting the ball ever since. This week he was nice enough to talk about all that and more.
Your special teams coach, Sean Snyder, is one of the best punters in K-State history. Do you admire that?
I knew exactly how good he was. His name is on the stadium. He was a consensus all-american and on the ring of honor. I look up to that and would love to be there one day. He's my coach, but I want to beat him and be better than him. But that's a lofty goal, because he was such a great punter.
So you don’t mind pursuing high goals?
I want to be the best, I do. I work really hard at what I do and try to be the best. My expectations for myself are very high. What I want to achieve is very high. It just takes a lot of working hard every day, even when it gets a little repetitive. You still have to do it.
How well did you play against Oklahoma?
I think it was a good step. I still think I could have done better in my performance, especially in my first couple punts. I think it is definitely a step, and it's a good one.
Do you get anything for winning Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week?
I don't know. I got my name in the paper. That's good enough. (more…)