Q&A with Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski
AUG 28, 2013 1:53p ET
The family's not done producing football players yet. Next in line is Glenn Gronkowski, who redshirted last season but broke out and won Kansas State's starting fullback job as a freshman. FOX Sports Southwest caught up with him in advance of K-State's season opener against two-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State on FOX Sports 1 on Friday night.
What do you think about playing a team that's so accomplished at a lower level to open the season?
It's good. It's good for us. We'll get to see where we are right away and where we need to be. Hopefully we get out there and be a little tougher than they are and get a win.
How would the Bison do at the FBS level? Would they be a bowl team?
With not playing them, I'm not sure yet, but they'll be a challenge. They're tough enough to play. They could probably be right up there and yeah, make it to a bowl game.
Be honest with me: What was your first thought when you heard they beat Kansas back in 2010?
(Laughs) Yeah. Well, what was Kansas record like?
They were 3-9 that year.
Honestly, it's still a big deal, not just Kansas, but they're 4-0 against Division I teams. It's crazy. You just can't take them lightly.
What's something behind the scenes you've learned about Bill Snyder that somebody outside the program wouldn't know?
Just how much of a perfectionist he is in everything he does. He wants perfection out of you. Not for his benefit, but for you, he wants you to be a better person and a better player. He doesn't want a day to go by that you don't make the best of what you have.
What was something that wowed you in terms of the kind of attention he paid to detail?
I would say just everything. I'm sure that's why he wins. He just wants everything to be perfect and get the most out of everyone he could possibly get.
What's the most interesting thing you've learned about him since you've been in Manhattan?
(Laughs) These are hard questions. I'd probably just say the 16 Goals and how if you follow them, how successful you can actually be. They can make such a difference in your life and how people think of you.
I asked your coach this week why you seem to have been so underrated the past two years. He said maybe voters just think he's too old to coach the game. What's your opinion on why this team hasn't gotten the preseason respect it seems like you probably deserved by the end of the year?
(Laughs) I think it's just the recruits that he brings in. People don't rate them high and that's what people pay attention to. They don't pay attention to the little things that actually matter, like the work that we do, the toughness that we have and stuff. They just look at stars. Every year they look at it and see we have no four stars and five stars and there's no way we could possibly be good.
What's the best piece of advice your brothers have given you about taking the field this year?
Just go out there and do the best I can. We really don't talk much football when we talk. We try to stay away from it, actually, because it's all we hear about. They've said to just listen to your coaches. They know what they're doing. They're the best there is in the Big 12, so listen to them and you'll be fine.
Can you give me a quick refresher on how you ended up at K-State from New York?
(Offensive coordinator Dana) Dimel coached for Arizona (where Rob played) and then came here, so that drew me here.
What was the biggest draw?
Just the success they had. When I came down here, I saw how much respect everybody had for coach Snyder, too. When he walks into the stadium and when he talks, everybody listens to everything he has to say. You can just tell how much he's invested in the program to get it to work out.
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