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Baylor, Wofford Postgame Quotes

Aug 31, 2013

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RV/RV BAYLOR (1-0, 0-0) 69, Wofford (0-1) 3
Aug 31, 2013 • ATTENDANCE: 44,989

  Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement:
“It lasted awhile but it’s a great three-and-a-half or four hours – whatever it was. Great atmosphere, great crowd. That’s the kind of thing that fueled us on here. We’d been hearing for the last week or 10 days that it was going to be a sellout of people, and there was. They did a great job. They had a lot of energy, and the walkthrough was unbelievable – thousands of people out there at four in the afternoon in the 103 degree heat and they were having fun, and they should be. You come to a Baylor football game and it’s supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be a lively atmosphere. You’re supposed to enjoy it and fans have been doing that for a couple years. It was a great way to start. We understand we still have a long way to go. That is a team that is a very well-respected team. The last few years they played a lot of football games – won a lot of games -- but we should be better and we were better. That’s our job. We played at home and we should win. Our thought process going in was we’re going to play Big 12 football. That’s what we recruit our players to be – Big 12 football players: fast, aggressive, intense, tenacious, players that get after it and make things happen in a hurry. The matchup for them tonight was a little bit different. We were a little concerned because they recruit to stop the run and they run the football. Fortunately, we were able to start fast and jump on them and get a defensive touchdown. Then there were a few things that we needed to do and that was to look at some guys from an offensive standpoint, get the ball in their hands, and give them a little game time experience to where it won’t be that way next week.”

On his thoughts on Bryce Petty:
“I thought he was just like he’s been at practice. He’s been around the 82 to 84 percent range at practice the last 10 days and that’s going through scale, going through one-on-one, against our defense, another scale period, through our team sessions, and he’s been about 82 to 84 percent. He was about 18-for-23 or 24 tonight and I figure that’s about mid-to-high 70s and that’s pretty good. He was efficient. He had a couple things that we can certainly clean up but first rattle out of the box he did exactly what we needed him to do and he made plays when we needed plays and for the most part protected the ball. He could have almost had an interception and the ball slapped out of his hand but those are things that I don’t think will happen again.”

On if he was surprised by Bryce Petty’s play:
“He could have surprised me by playing better—that would’ve been a surprise. He did exactly what we planned out to do, what he’s worked out to do, what he’s here to do. He’s not a redshirt sophomore—it’s his fourth year he’s been here. He’s been through four springs already. He’s experienced. He’s got some mileage on him—some good mileage.”

On his thoughts on Wofford:
“Once again, a team that causes problems by the play. You just don’t see that—you don’t see it anymore and Wofford is pretty good at what they do and our guys really prepared well. They did a great job working and covering all the bases. They hit two or three conversions. They hit a third and fourteen to open the second half. That probably gave them 70 more yards than what they would’ve gotten. They went down there and made a field goal at the end of the drive. Other than that, I thought it was a really good effort. Two or three turnovers with a lot of guys flying around and being very physical against an intense football team.”

On the tempo of the game:
“I think we were pretty good early. I think we hit some lulls. I think we can certainly do a lot better. We would get down in distance situations and would have to convert some third downs and I don’t know what our third down conversion was, but we had to hit a couple of them on opening drives and had a fourth down conversion early in the game. We can be a little more efficient. We’re going to be up-tempo and I thought we played pretty fast tonight, but if we can we’ll play faster.”

  Quarterback Bryce Petty

On his thoughts on the game:
“It was good. Honestly, it was very humbling—a blessing. It was a bit surreal. There were a lot of times out there when I honestly couldn’t tell you what play it was. The thing was that it wasn’t necessarily a blur but I was just in the moment. I was very excited to be out there and to be the guide.”

On the pace of the game:
“I think for the majority of the game everything was slowed down which was good, which was what I wanted. There were a couple times, a couple plays in there when I felt rushed and it was nothing that they did. I think we’re all just kind of young and that comes with just getting out there and I know that’s kind of the stepping stones of the experience out there.”

On how they achieved their goals in this game:
“Going forward, our goal is the Big 12 championship, but you can’t get that unless you beat the first team. I think that’s how we approached it. I think our guys did a good job coming in especially in Tuesday and Wednesday workouts, just with that whole mindset knowing this is game one and we need to be 1-0 by this time next week. When you have those aspirations it’s very important to not look too far ahead. The guys did a great job with going out there.”

On how the defense played:
“You watched them just as well as I did and that’s big for us especially going against Wofford. The key to the game was making sure we got the possessions that we needed and we made them count. The first quarter was huge for us. Stops on defense and the offense scoring. We went through a lull there in the second quarter but I think we came out hot in the second half and that’s one of our bullet points that we like to do. The defense played outstanding.”

  Senior Safety Ahmad Dixon

On the defense:
“This is the season we’re due for. Just because it was Wofford don’t think we won’t be like that every week. And that is how were going to be week in and week out. I don’t care if it’s against UT, I don’t care if it’s against TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. We’re going to be like that against everybody we play. That’s our mindset and we aren’t going to change for anybody.”

On his performance:
“It showed everybody my ability to come up and make tackles in open field, show everybody I know how to read my keys, and that I’m not just a linebacker or ruthless player just running around making plays, but that I can actually play a certain position that is being played at the next level.”

On losing the shutout:
“I didn’t even want them to have a zero up there. Our guys did a great job at holding and I really can’t complain. Three points, I can’t really complain about that."

  Running Back Glasco Martin

On the offense:
“We have some good running backs, and a great quarterback, Bryce Petty. I think Lache [Seastrunk] really opened it up with the running game, which allowed us to pass well. We have some playmakers out there, receivers that did what they do all the time.”

On his injured ankle:
“It’s coming along. It’s not 100 percent, but the things I can do, I’m going to do them the best I can and make that sacrifice for my team.”

His thoughts on Bryce Petty:
“He played well. He was poised and making good decisions down the field for the most part. His arm looked strong and I thought he did a great job.”

  Defensive End Chris McAllister

On his first collegiate touchdown:
“When the ball tipped up, I was thinking touchdown the way it went up. I knew I was going to have a chance to run up under it. It’s a great feeling, good to get a defensive touchdown.”

On the expectations of the defense:
“We have a lot of guys that came back from last year’s team and we have a lot of the young guys that are going to stay and play well like they did today. The UCLA game set the bar and that’s what we’re trying to get back to.”

  Wide Receiver Tevin Reese

On Baylor’s performance:
“As a whole we did well. The defense has some spots that they need to fix up and the offense definitely has some spots. Overall, I think we had a good performance and we have to go back to practice and watch film and fix things.”

On Bryce Petty’s turning point:
“I think it was after the fumble when he came back and recovered. He came back and just proved to everybody that he can persevere through bad things. He gave us hope and gave the fans hope for this season.”

  Wofford Head Coach Mike Ayers

On what to take away from the game:
“A lot. I think the big thing is that we weren’t ready for Baylor. I’ll put it like that. They’re a tremendous team, very athletic. Their system allows them to do some very unique things. They create a lot of havoc with your defense trying to get your calls in and trying to fit your defense the way that you need to. I thought they did a good job scheming us. Offensively, I was disappointed in us. I thought we would do better. I thought we’d keep the ball away from them longer and score more points. We had way too many three-and-outs and poor decisions. We just didn’t do a good job. We’ve got a ton as far as a ways to go. We’re a long way off from where we need to be by any stretch of the imagination. The only thing that I was satisfied with was punt protection and punting. I think our guys were trying, it wasn’t that. I think we didn’t give them an opportunity to be as successful as they needed to be. Again you are talking about some guys that are unbelievable athletes. It was a mismatch. They out-coached us, they out-played us. It was a mismatch.”

On Bryce Petty’s performance:
“All I know is that he put a bunch of them up on the board. I’d say he did alright. Anytime I think you win your quarterback did a good job. Good player, he’s got a lot of people around him. He doesn’t have to be the main pony in the show. He can delve it out there to anyone or hand it out to them in the backfield. They’re good. We’ve played a lot of FBS schools. This one we weren’t close as a football team where we needed to be. Those guys are good.”

  Sophomore Quarterback Michael Weimer

On tonight’s game:
“A lot of missed opportunities. I feel like as an offense we didn’t execute as well as we had planned all training camp. It was really unfortunate. In order to be successful in football 11 guys have to make their plays and do their jobs. There were times where it was nine or 10 guys’ bests, and that isn’t going to get it done. I didn’t play a very good game. I could’ve executed a lot better, and there were a lot of mistakes that I made. I feel like as the quarterback I’m the leader of the offense. I’m the one supposed to get everybody going. When I’m making mistakes it’s not a good way to lead by example. We’re going to bounce back and win out after this. We will make it to the playoffs and hopefully win a national championship.”

On what he can take away from tonight’s game:
“The feeling of disappointment and embarrassment. I know myself and the team never wants to feel this way again. This feeling is just so bad that it’ll inspire everybody else to work harder in practice to make sure this never happens again.”



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