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Football Meet The Press: Kansas




Sept. 27, 2010

Watch Press Conference


Head Coach Art Briles

On the performance of the team this season...
"What we're trying to do is just keep improving. Quite honestly, what I look at before each week is the season. This season, we're playing Kansas. What has happened in the past will be looked upon in December, but what we have to do (now) is just keep getting better and stay focused. Apply all the energy and focus on getting after the Kansas Jayhawks this week."

On the performance of senior S Byron Landor...
"He's playing really well right now. He's a guy that's worked extremely hard since he got here last year. He has brought a good mentality to our defense. That's the thing I appreciate about him as much as anything. He's a tough guy, a no-nonsense guy, very focused, very disciplined in his preparation and practice behavior. That's what you've got to have. What we're still trying to do is really figure out the identity of our football team and Byron is certainly a guy who can lead the way to help us finalize that."

On the execution of the long pass...
"As far as the timing, I think as the season progresses, (it does improve.) You certainly should be timed up a little better than what we were in week one. As far as giving a lift, it all depends on the nature of the game and how the game is going. Converting on a second-and-one or stopping them on a third-and-two is as much as a lift as completing a 60-yard pass. The whole game is about individuals making plays on individual plays that determine the outcome of the game. To me the turning point (last Saturday) was when Chance Casey got the interception. We were up 7-3 and then went up to 14-3. All the plays in the game matter and that's the thing you have to focus on as a player and a coach. Each play could determine the outcome of the game."

On the running back rotation...
"You have to have two or three guys there. Terrance Ganaway and Jay (Finley) and (Jarred) Salubi have most of the carries so far. They all bring something a little different to the table. As the game progresses, Terrance is a guy that can pound you a little bit because he is a big physical back that runs downfield. You need a lot of folks at that position."

On the performance of the running game...
"I think we're doing better. I think we have to continue to do better. If you can run the football and control the clock a little bit and control the tempo, it certainly helps you in all phases of the game. It helps your defense, too. That's something that we're always going to try to do and try to do effectively. Our offensive line is starting to get a little identity. We have to be a tough, physical football team that can pound the ball a little bit when we need to or have to and it all starts with them. They are getting better so we're running the ball better. "

On the team's identity...
"When I think about identity, I think of it as a team identity and that's what we've got to do. I understand that we're four games into the season but I feel like we're still growing as a football team and still trying to determine how people view us. I know how we want to be viewed and how we need to be viewed as a fast, physical, aggressive, tough football team. That's the way that we're going to have to play if we want to fulfill our goals."

On the balance of the Kansas Jayhawks...
"They are going to be well-schooled and well-coached. Schematically, on both sides of the ball, I'm impressed with their quarterback (Jordan) Webb. I think he's a playmaker and a gutsy guy that really gets around and makes plays for them. They've got a few Texas kids there. They've got some dynamic players, guys that are good with the football in their hands. We've just got to be sound defensively and take care of assignment football. On the defensive side, they've got a bunch of guys that play hard and play well and seem to be gaining a lot of confidence as the season goes on."

On the play of senior DB Mikail Baker...
"I'm really proud of Mikail for a variety of reasons. I'm proud of him for being a college graduate. He has been here for six years. He has stayed patient, positive and team-oriented which I think will help him when he's 48 as opposed to when he's 23 and playing football. I think those traits are very important and I'm proud that he possesses those. On the football side of it, yes he bailed us out (last Saturday.) His pick was huge because we had just turned the ball over and he got it back for us. He just came in and did a really good job. I'm really happy to see it pay off for someone (like him)."

On the performance of sophomore QB Robert Griffin III...
"He's gaining confidence and composure and gaining schematically. Robert is going to be disciplined, determined, dedicated and coachable. He's going to progress as each week goes on. I thought he stepped up and really played well (last Saturday night) on the road."

On attacking Kansas freshman QB Jordan Webb...
"I don't think you look at that at all. I think we could go around the country and find first-year starters that are having a lot of success. They are playing him because he is the best guy they've got. He gives them their best chance to win. That part of it is not even in the equation. What we have to do is have a very loud, vocal crowd that gives us a definite home field advantage to where they have to alter their snap counts, and how they do it. The way they've done it up to this point shouldn't be different. Then we need to play real good football. We need to play assignment and detailed on the defensive side of the football because he is a play maker."

On the important of the crowd Saturday against Kansas...
"It was a really, really big boost the first couple of games. It's going to be a lot of fun Saturday. We're excited about coming home. We've been gone a couple of weeks. If you're going to get home cooking there's only one place to get it, and that's at home."

On the biggest improvement with the defense...
"I thought our effort was really good all the way through the game. That's going to be the case week in and week out but I thought our guys really played with a lot of passion, a lot of determination, and a lot of effort. It's hard to make a great play without great effort. I haven't seen it happen. If you're going to have the opportunity to make great plays, then you have to make great effort. I think that was the thing that was most pleasing."


Junior NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

On the team's performance Saturday against Rice...
"We felt a little pressure but besides that we all came out playing pretty physical. We were out there working the whole time, all four quarters."

On the depth of the defensive line...
"We have a lot of talent right now. We're pretty deep. We have a true freshmen, Dominique (Jones), (who) just started playing and not wearing his redshirt. We've got Chris Buford who's also out there playing pretty well. And we got Phil Taylor who's always out there playing really, really well. We have a lot of depth so we're not always really tired out there so it's pretty good to have all these guys."

On the change of pace for conference...
"We always turn it up for conference. It's a whole different level now. It's going to be a whole new level at practice even. We'll be out there running! It's going to be a lot different, a lot tougher."


Senior S Byron Landor

On returning after knee surgery in February...
"I've been through so many ups and downs these past few months. It was just a few months ago that I didn't even know if I was going to play football again because of the process with my knee. I have learned a lot - a lot of prayers, a lot of wishes, a lot of dreams. I just feel like every day when I go out on the field, I have something to prove and that is what I'm trying to do."

On his knee injury last season...
"I hurt it last year towards the end of the season actually and I had surgery on it in February. I thought it was going to be a quick process but it took longer than I expected and like I said I learned a lot from it. I don't regret it for anything, I was glad to have to time to take and grasp everything and now every play I treat it like it's my last because I learned so much from that situation."

On being a leader to the team...
"That's just my personality. I will turn anything into a competition. I love to compete; anything in life is a competition. It doesn't matter if I'm playing video games or chess; anything is a competition. I just try to inspire the guys. I feel like I can be a strong leader but I also try and just lead by example. I'll do a lot of talking but, at the end of the day, you have to show leadership in order to be respected as a leader and I feel like I do that."


Sophomore OL Cameron Kaufhold

On improving each week...
"Every week is an improvement. We spend a lot of time on film each week pointing out things and being critical of ourselves and point out what we did wrong and what we need to fix. Even with a victory like last Saturday, we still go in and critique ourselves and try to fix every problem we have."

On having the guards rotate throughout the game...
"It will probably continue throughout the year because the guard position is really taxing. You're moving somebody every play and usually those people are pretty big. Coach (Briles) likes to keep us fresh and keep a continuous rotation throughout the game and I don't see him stopping that. It's nice to know when you come out and someone else goes in you don't have to worry about them messing up. You can go out and get yourself a breather and then get right back in."

On Saturday's game against Rice...
"I feel like we finally clicked as an offense; we were running the ball well. I feel like when we run the ball well, we're in the game and it kind of takes away their will to win. It makes us feel good going into conference play."

On starting conference play this upcoming weekend...
"The non-conference is just getting tuned up and preparing for conference play. All the cards are on the table when it comes to conference. We can't hold anything back now."


 

 

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