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Meet The Press: Football Travels to Oklahoma State





 Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement...
"We're ready to get back and put our trade to work. I think the (open date) came at a really good time for us from a mental standpoint and physically, without a doubt. We talked to our players yesterday at practice about the excitement and anticipation we had going into the TCU game. Early in the season you're always anxious, excited and eager. That should maintain all the way through the season. We had the luxury of having a bye, and having the chance to restart again and create identity again. That's how we're approaching it from here on out. We're going to create whatever's out there in front of us."

On what the team did during the open date...
"Basically, we worked out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and brought them back (Sunday). Our emphasis from an offensive standpoint was red zone. [From a] defensive standpoint, third down. Just looking at it from a schematic standpoint to personnel and seeing how the percentages laid out schematically and how the personnel did - whether they were in position to make plays, or whether the scheme kept them from being there."

On emphasizing missed tackles that occurred during the Texas A&M game...
"Tackling is always an issue. If you get down to it, it's blocking, tackling and execution determines turnovers, penalties and determines who wins the football game. [Texas A&M] has good football players, and you have to adjust to who you're playing against. Whether that means slow playing and wait for help, or attacking when you've got the boundary as a help guy. You have to be pretty alert situation-wise against people that have the ability that you can make plays from a defensive standpoint. That's just experience, that's all it comes down to."

On the injuries at cornerback this year...
"I think K.J. [Morton] and Joe [Williams] both did a good job at A&M. We were really proud of the way they competed, followed and contributed. Both of them had really good opportunities for interceptions, [but] it just didn't happen. One of them got knocked down right at the ground, the other was a drop. Those guys gave us a good look and brought a little structure to the position to where we feel good about what we got going into a team as good as Oklahoma State. Depth is always going to be an issue for everybody, and we're certainly in that boat with the injuries we've had, with Tyler [Stephenson] in particular."

On possible personnel changes in the secondary...
"There will be a change or two on the back end that we experimented with through the off week. We feel like it gives us added depth, and maybe a little more quickness."

On Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden...
"Well, he's real accurate with the football. He's not a panic guy, and I think that comes from the maturity and experience he's had through his athletic career. They protect him well schematically. He gets the ball out of his hand, they don't ask him to do things he doesn't feel comfortable doing and they run the ball well enough to keep pressure off of him. He's in the right situation at the right time for him, and vice versa."

On CB Chance Casey...
"Chance has moved to safety, so I think it was Chance's opportunity to see him back there this week. I think it fits his skill level really well, and he's a good football player. Those other two guys did a good job at corner for us. He'll still work a little corner, but he'll see some time at safety this week."

On the development of Terrance Williams, Lanear Sampson and Tevin Reese...
"Lanear [Sampson] and Terrance [Williams] have played quite a bit over the last three years, Lanear especially. All of them are great contributors, great teammates and great practice players. Preparation usually leads to performance, and they prepare extremely well. The thing that we appreciate about them is you know what you're going to get every snap from them. That's tough execution, and with an unselfish demeanor. Those guys are good football players, and I think that is witnessed by what they've been able to do on the field for us. They all bring different qualities to the table, and they understand what their role and need is for our football team."

On the challenges that Oklahoma State brings...
"Running the football. They've got a couple good running backs, they make things happen, protect well up front and then everybody's familiar with [Justin] Blackmon and everything he's capable of doing. And their other receivers. They've got some guys that have caught a lot of balls and made a lot of plays over the last few years offensively. Defensively, just real sound. [They] mix it up enough to keep you on edge from an offensive standpoint. [They are] talented enough to do a lot of things schematically, offensively and defensively, and have enough depth to keep people fresh. That's what's working to their advantage. They're a good football team, that's why they're doing what they're doing."

On Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon...
"The thing I like about him from a coach's standpoint is how he reacts after a catch. He's a guy that does his job and goes to the next play. He's a hustler, and he works hard. I got to get around him a little bit at the [Big 12 Conference] media day this summer, and [he's a] really nice, impressive young man. Very engaging, and you can tell he's really self-motivated. There's a reason why he does well. There's a lot of people with his ability, but you have to have a lot of intangibles along with it to be a great player."

On the play of LB Rodney Chadwick and LB Brody Trahan...
"They both do a good job. That's why they alternate; they're both pretty similar in what they can bring to the table. Both are learning. They're still in the process of learning how to play every snap and being productive every snap. I think you'll see them to continue to alternate as a couple others in there."

On the recent struggles of PK Aaron Jones...
"That's a tough situation. First of all, it's tough on a kicker because usually the only time you talk about them is usually when they're doing really well or not very well. Those guys are on an island. You think a cornerback's on an island, try jogging out there one play a game, possibly. You've got to be careful from a mental standpoint, not getting too involved with them. They've got a lot going on anyway. What I try to do is just get a good feel for him off the field, talk to him before practice, talk to him in the hallway and just try to get to know him as a person. That gives you a better chance to deal with them in pressure situations. Aaron is a confident kid and he's hard on himself."

 Junior QB Robert Griffin III

On the open date...
"We got to work on a lot of things on offense, consistency in the red zone; we got a lot of guys back helping. Coach Briles does a good job keeping us fresh. This is the time where we didn't have (an open date) last year, so it's big for us. You get that break and you can finish your season strong."

On any new offensive plays...
"Yeah, they put in some new things. We've got some new plays in the red zone. It's just things that you normally do in the open field, but we're looking to do down there when it gets close quarters. Coaches do a good job making up plays off of other plays and we'll definitely have those, but it's not much of a `we're going to change the whole offense' because we've been pretty successful."

On playing Oklahoma State's high-powered offense...
"Our defense is strong to stop them, and that's what they've got to do. If they stop them, we've got to go score. If they don't stop them, we've got to go score. So it doesn't change our job on offense. So the biggest thing is for us not to press, no matter what's happening. We know we can put up points in a hurry and that's what we're looking to do."

 Senior LB Elliot Coffey

On having two weeks to prepare for Oklahoma State's offense...
"It was huge. They have so much they do well that we had a chance last week to really look at and focus mostly on the passing, because you know how much Brandon Weeden likes to pass."

On Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden...
"His routes are so crisp. He sits back and makes reads, reads the pass, and boom, makes the throw and nine times out of 10, [Justin] Blackmon is there to catch it."

On what the defense needs to do at Oklahoma State...
"We've got to get off the field at third down. We've got to focus on the details so that you don't wear down."

 Senior RB Terrance Ganaway

On Oklahoma State...
"They play really fast. Up front, they're really good. A couple of those guys have a high motor. The linebacker is really good. Some guys play real physical. The receivers are more focused on what they're doing. It's the Big 12, everybody's good now. We just have to be ready to play and ready to go this weekend."

On Baylor's offensive line...
"You can dissect anything and make something look bad and I'm not going to dissect two games and try to pick apart half of our season, but our offensive line is doing well and we'll have a great game this weekend."

On winning on the road...
"It all starts now. We're in the thick of it. There's no one on our schedule that we look at now and say we can get this win or get that win. We're on the road a few times and all of them are hostile environments. We have to go and play our game, just play sound football."

 Redshirt freshman PR/IR Levi Norwood

On returning punts...
"I love it. I've done it for a long time, since I was in elementary school. You've just got to try and ignore everyone running at you and concentrate on the ball as much as you can. It's a hard thing to do. Kendall [Wright] does a good job of it, too. So I come in when Kendall's not going and try to do the best job I can."

On having such a successful punt return average...
"For me, it's more of making sure I catch it and get the offense the ball and make the first person miss. And usually something good will happen. If someone's right there, turn your body a little bit when the ball's coming so they don't [crush] you if they do hit you. Just make sure you catch the ball and get out of the way as fast as you can."

On knowing when to call a fair catch...
"There are people on the sidelines, Kendall [Wright], Coach Briles, over there yelling if I need to (call for a) fair catch, because I don't like fair catching it. But they make sure I do."

 Senior DT Tracy Robertson

On the open date...
"It's definitely a long week when you don't have that competition like you're used to on Saturdays. But it's a good week to get better, always. We got a lot of good work in; we got a lot of reps with our offense and that can only make you better. And it gives you a chance to kind of split the season in half, so we're on the back half now. We got to watch a few games, saw some teams do some good things so we just try to get focused, get back on track where we know what we can do."

On the upcoming game at Oklahoma State...
"They pose a lot of threats on the offensive side of the ball, at receiver, at running back, (and) with their veteran quarterback. But getting to go against that every day, if not anything, getting to see the same speed that we'll most likely be facing, that's always a plus."

On putting pressure on the quarterback...
"We got to get back at what we do well. The games that we did get penetration, caused the quarterback to move, we had a lot better outcome most of the time. But when we let him sit, guys can do good things with the ball."


 

 

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