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Meet The Press: Football Travels to Kansas State





 Head Coach Art Briles

Opening statement...
"Just reflecting on the Rice game...it was a great team win. Of course every time you play someone within the state of Texas, it's always going to be a little more heated from a competitive standpoint with some of the players because a lot of the players know each other. I'm really proud of the way our guys went out and took care of business early. Our whole theme of the week was to start fast. We did a good job of coming out of the gates, playing and delivering the first blow."

On the Big 12 opener at Kansas State...
"[Kansas State] has a lot of momentum. That's why it's the premiere game of the conference this week. They're 3-0, we're 3-0. It's a great afternoon ball game. We're proud of where we are at this stage of the season. We wanted to go 3-0 in non-conference. That was one of our team goals, and we were able to do that. Now we start on the second phase, which is getting into conference play and going one game at a time. Understand that every game is going to be a war, and it will be no different this Saturday in Manhattan."

Talking with the team about moving up in the rankings...
"We had discussed it. I've heard a few side notes saying we're No. 17 or whatever we were last week. I did mention it at a team meeting a couple weeks ago talking about us being ranked. I think it's a good thing. Does anyone in here want to be ranked 84th? It's not something that we're going to shy away from and act like we're not proud of it because if you're ranked number 15th in America, you've got a little more respect in McLennan County."

On the success of Baylor's offense...
"It's just a combination. You've got to have protection. Our guys have done a great job of blocking up front. You've got to have guys playing at a high rate of speed with a lot of confidence, which our people are. You've got to have athletic players that are able to make plays and space, which our guys can. You've got to have a guy that's got confidence, vision and ability to deliver the football on time and on the money, which we have. It's a whole combination of a lot of things being on the same page at the right amount of speed. The thing that's really helped us is that if you want to perform great, you've got to prepare great. That's why so far we've been able to perform pretty well on Saturdays."

On the running game...
"We're doing better. We can still improve. We'd like to have a pretty good balance. We feel like, as we develop more within this season, that our running game will become a little more diverse than it has been the first three weeks. So, that's something that we're working on. [Terrance Ganaway, Jarred Salubi and Glasco Martin] did a good job Saturday."

On the different playing style of Kansas State...
"That's Bill Snyder, and that's what he's been doing quite a while. I've always admired him offensively. I think they're pretty deceptive in a lot of the ways that they attack the field. They do a great job with play-action pass; they do a good job of spreading out and running the option and then they've got a great power game that they can go to. I think they're really a team that you have to defend the field on. They get big, physical guys up front. Most of their skilled people are big guys. They just work the field on you. They've done a good job for a long time in his system."

On what makes Robert Griffin III so special...
"What makes Robert so different is his competitive nature. That's really the thing that I respect about him a whole lot. He's a fierce, fierce competitor. And if you play any sport, and there are two guys that are arm wrestling and they're equal, the one that's more competitive is going to win. The thing that helps Robert is that he is blessed with a lot of talent to go along with that competitive spirit. That's the thing that we always harp on. If you've got talent, you've got to play fast because talent playing fast makes plays. That's what allows him to be different."

On Kansas State's improvement in defense...
"He's always had his touch on their program and their personnel. As people stay in the system longer, they're going to have an opportunity to improve because of their knowledge on the field and the situations. We'll just see what happens Saturday. Last year, we played pretty well and scraped out a win."

On the play of sophomore NB Ahmad Dixon...
"He's talented, he's explosive, he's physical and he plays with a tremendous amount of passion. I could go out there and have all those intangibles but, if I'm not talented, I'm not going to go make the plays. The most critical thing is that you have to be a talented player and have the intangibles go with it. He is an extremely talented player that loves the game."

 Junior DE Gary Mason Jr.

On changing the defensive scheme for the Big 12 opener...
"This week we have to be a lot more physical than their offensive linemen. We've got to have good communication between the (defensive) line and linebackers, but I know if we have any miscues, they'll break a long run, so we have to be sharp on that."

On getting ready for conference play...
"This is the point we've been working for. We've put in a lot of long hours in the summer time just to try and make our stand in the Big 12 Conference."

On Kansas State's running game...
"You have to stop the run before you do anything. They're not just going to pass. If you can't stop the run, then you're in trouble. First, we've got to stop the runs and make them predictable so they can pass."

 Sophomore IR Tevin Reese

On his first Baylor touchdown against Rice...
"It was real fun, all the hard work paid off. All the coaches had faith in me; [Robert Griffin III] had faith in me. (I) just credit the whole (offensive) line for getting on top and getting me the ball."

On heading into the conference opener with a 3-0 record...
"Going 3-0, it's the first time we've done that in a long time. And going on the road now, it's a great feeling knowing that we've got a good record behind us and we've got to just keep improving."

On beginning conference play this weekend against Kansas State...
"We just look at it like every other game, like every other game, with the big games we're just going go into this week preparing like last week. Just work hard and keep doing what coaches tell you to do and put up a good outcome."

On playing with Robert Griffin III...
"We just do what we do at practice. Coach (Briles) just stays on our business about catching the ball. So in the game, it's much easier to catch from [Robert Griffin III] because you know he's going to give you a good pass. When he's on, the whole offense is on. When he does make a mistake, if he ever does, we really don't do too much about it because we know he's going to come back and perform like he always does."

 Junior QB Robert Griffin III

On the overall success of the team so far...
"It's been a great experience. Coach (Briles) has been putting us in great situations. The receivers are doing a great job keeping the ball off the ground, catching everything that we throw at them. So to have the success that we're having, it's not just me; it's not just the receivers. It's everybody. Sometimes you can get sidetracked and get happy about what you're doing. I think the guys are doing a great job in making sure that doesn't happen. We know we can continue to get better. We don't have perfect games and the coaches are staying on us. We're being very productive on offense, but teams are going to do different things to try and shut us down, and it's our job to continue to go out and exploit what they leave open."

On the receivers...
"They all have their strengths. We don't focus on the weaknesses. Coach is putting them in great positions to make plays. They've all got pretty interesting personalities and I like that, it spices things up. But they all want to make plays. And I'm happy to have the group of guys that I do have."

On playing on the road against Kansas State...
"It will be great. It's a good test for us on the road. They're coming off a big win against Miami, at Miami, so they'll be excited. It'll be a great atmosphere."

On opening conference play...
"Big 12 competition is Big 12 competition - no if's, and's or but's about it. We are proud to be in this conference. [Kansas State] is hungry to win just like we are." king hard. That's where it starts, working hard at practice."

 Sophomore NB Ahmad Dixon

On playing the "bear" position...
"It's like a roll-down safety/linebacker type. I love the position. Coach (Phil) Bennett says it was a position that I was meant to play. So I have no other option but to like it. It was brought here for me so I just learn from it. It's a good thing. That means Coach Bennett has a lot of faith in me. To change the defense around one guy, to just give him one position that he's meant to play. But I think that's a great thing to have."

On the Rice game being his best game at Baylor...
"Yeah that was my best game. I had nine tackles, (and) an interception for a touchdown. It won't be my best game. It's been my best game (to this point), but it won't be my best game."

On playing former high school teammate, Kansas State RB John Hubert...
"He's a local guy, childhood friend of mine. So it'll be great to go up and see John. We've been in touch all year. He's been keeping me updated on his stats and all that kind of stuff. And I talked to him right after the game, after they beat Miami, and he let me know that they were ready."

On beginning Big 12 play at Kansas State...
"The Big 12 is a dynamic conference. It's very explosive. It's unpredictable; you don't know what you're going to get out of the Big 12. All of the teams are outstanding, great teams, great coaches, great players. So when we come into Big 12 play, we'll have to change a lot. We'll have to be a lot more focused. We're going to have to prepare a whole lot different than we were for the other teams that we were playing that weren't in our conference."


 

 

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