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Football Meet the Press: OSU




Nov. 1, 2010

Weekly Press Conference

Head coach Art Briles

Opening Statement...
"We're ready to roll this week, going up to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State. They are a really fine football team. Probably over the last eight to 10 years they have been one of the more prominent teams in the Big 12, without a doubt. They do a great job of recruiting and a great job with their game day atmosphere, facilities, and they are very well coached with a lot of good players on the field. So it's going to be a really good test this weekend with us going up there."

On the team's accomplishments this year...
"I've been impressed with their resiliency. We've got a lot of tough-minded football players, particularly from our older guys. Not that our younger guys aren't, but our older guys are doing a great job of just coming ready to go to work every day with a purpose in mind. That's something we always talk about in practice. I think that's something that's really helped us because sometimes when you get late in the season the teams that have the most mental toughness have a chance to keep going. We've got a good little edge on that. Defensively (on Saturday night) it was critical that we held them to field goals. Especially early in the game when were not finding ourselves from an offensive standpoint. I thought the defense really did a great job. They had two stops when it was 22-19 in the third quarter there that were also critical before Jay (Finley) busted his run. Those things sometimes are overlooked. It was a great team effort and special teams played a big role."

On Oklahoma State's offensive weapons...
"They're really good. The QB (Brandon Weeden) is of course very mature, very athletic. Kendall Hunter has been one of the better backs in the Big 12 in the last two or three years. (Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon) is a big time guy. They've got good people across the board and they've got a good system. That's what makes it exciting and fun. "

On winning the close games...
"I think it makes a big difference when you have something to base your confidence on. It's production and reality. I think that's a critical difference between where we are now and where we were three years ago. You've got to have good memories. That's why teams that win, win. And that's why sometimes teams that don't win have a harder time doing it. If you've got good memories then you've got good thoughts if you've got good ideas sometimes you've got good outcomes. Right now our memories our good and that's a good thing."

On the play of Senior FS Tim Atchison...
"Tim is a really good football player. He is a great leader on and off the football field. He is very passionate about the game and very humble. He is just a great teammate. Having him and Byron (Landor) back there, I think both of those guys are as good of a tandem in the Big 12, without a doubt. Tim is just a humble guy that is very appreciative of what is happening right now just like the rest of us."

On the play of Senior P Derek Epperson...
"We've said it all along that we think Derek is one of the best in America, no doubt. Two of the punts that he had on Saturday night certainly stick out. They could have been huge momentum changers in the game and actually field position anyway. He's good, he's really good. He was good four years ago. He's just gotten better as he's matured through the process."

On what this season has meant to the senior class...
"To me, that's something you talk about on February 1st. To this point where we are at right now they have provided tremendous passion and energy, and have stayed hungry. That's the type of people you like to be around. If somebody feels like they're full and satisfied then you don't need to be hanging out with them. Our guys are hungry. Those guys have done a good job of leading in the proper direction at this stage of the season."

On the play of the defensive line and Senior DT Phil Taylor...
"He's having the season we wanted him to have without a doubt. He's on the path to doing what he had to do, what he needed to do, and what he's done. That's what it's all about is getting as close to your potential as possible. Nicolas Jean-Baptiste has done a great job. Tracy Robertson, Tevin Elliot, and a bunch of those guys have applied a lot of pressure up front. The thing that we tried to do is really maintain our strength throughout the season. That's always been a critical issue for us is stay fresh as a football team. We're staying as fresh as possible."

On whether or not there is a parallel with last year's men's basketball team...
"I like their outcome. We'd like to parallel all the way to that. They finished up really well and our story still hasn't been written. I think winning breeds winning and momentum breeds momentum. All of those things tie in together."

On this team handling adversity...
"I guess every team has its share of bad. We certainly have walked down that road. If you survive and become better from it then you have a chance to grow from it. I think that's what we've done as a football team. We don't really look at things from the standpoint of "that's bad and that's happening to us." It's part of the game. You put it behind you and move on."

On Sophomore QB Robert Griffin's maturation throughout the game...
"He's been good all year. Texas is a really good football team defensively. We knew they would do some things differently to us defensively and they did early in the football game. We had to kind of feel out and adjust and go from there. I think Robert has done a great job of being patient, intelligent, and pretty decisive about where he's going with the football. I think that's why he's had the production that he's had."

On whether or not the team is talking about being on top of the Big 12 South...
"Have we talked about it yet? No. Yesterday we just watched video, lifted, and had our individual meetings. It's not something we're making a big production out of. I think the thing we've done a good job of all year is focusing small. Every week we're just trying to become a better football team. We understand that at the end of the year everything else will take care of itself. What we'll try to do is be the best football team on the field in Stillwater this Saturday."

On the play of Sophomore LB Rodney Chadwick and Freshman CB Tyler Stephenson...
"Those guys were phenomenal. Rodney played well against Kansas State the prior week. Tyler came in and did an outstanding job last week against some guys that could run. I'm really pleased with the way Mikail Baker played. He has really played mature with a lot of passion. He is a tough guy. You've got to have that good mix and right now there is a good mix of old guys that really know what it means to win and young guys that are taking it in and enjoying the ride and growing from it."

On the play of Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III...
"I don't think he has to get any better. I think he's playing at a level right now that allows us to do what we need to do. That's the thing that we're looking at. For what we do he is the best quarterback in America right now. I don't think he has to grow. He's just got to keep doing what he's doing and we'll be fine."

On the win over Texas helping with recruiting...
"It makes a big difference first of all because it's in the state and we're going to recruit in Texas. It elevates us on a perception level we haven't been on."

On winning road games helping with winning at Oklahoma State...
"It helps, it really does. We know we're capable of doing it. We've just got to go fight hard for one more week then we'll settle in at home the last two weeks. We've got to go be a tough team for one more week."

On this team's confidence...
"Confidence is fragile and needs reassuring and reality. What we're finally getting to deal with is production and reality. You can talk about painting a picture, but until you fill the canvas you're not really sure it's ever there. We're signing the picture now."


Senior FS Tim Atchison

On having a player's mentality...
"It is fun. Right now it is probably the closest team that I have been on since I have been here. We are all falling in love with each other and it is making it that much easier to fight for each other because you actually love and care about the people who are next to you. You want to make sure you do your job everyday and that is something that we have had over this past season; just consistency and everybody showing up to work every day. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that everybody cares about each other that is on the team."

On the defensive effort against Texas...
"Most of the night we felt like we had control of their offense. They had a couple of big plays. They had the pass interference, but even then we felt like we were in good position. When you are playing a team like Texas who are in the Big 12 you know that is going to happen sometimes. I think it is a testament to what Coach Norwood has put a focus on and that is finishing strong. If we are in the red zone our job is to not let them in the end zone and that is what we are going to try to do every time we are out there."


Senior P Derek Epperson

On Saturday's game...
"It was a big game, big stage and I knew I had to be on my game that night. I have been practicing real well all year and with how well our team has been doing most of my opportunities have been to pin them inside the 20. Fortunately for me I got an opportunity to show off my leg on Saturday night with us not being up as far on the field as we usually are. I got to flip the field for us and help our defense out. The stage and playing in front of that many people down in Austin made it a great night for us and a great night for the program as well."

On the reality of the success of the season...
"I have never been a part of a winning football team. I started playing in high school and we were not very good, but it was good for me because I got to punt a lot and got a lot of exposure. Going into this year we knew we had a really good team and we knew we were going to be in every game. The last couple of weeks have come down to the wire and we have shown our resiliency. With the other senior leaders on this team and the talented underclassmen we have we knew that we would be in this position and it is just a matter of pulling those games out and we have been able to do that so far."


Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III

On the success of the Bears thus far...
"It is a part of the process. You win football games and the awards will come. Right now we are top of the Big 12 South and we are planning to stay there. It is our job to make things happen."

On having time to be proud of the success...
"We have done a lot in this season for Baylor and Baylor Nation. At the end of the year we will be able to look back on it and really take it in. Right now we are just focused on winning another game. This is the only game that matters right now and it will be a big game for us. We will look at it and focus on the little things and let the big things fall into place."

On Saturday's game against Oklahoma State...
"It could be that kind of game. It could be a grind out game as well. It is our job to not focus on that and not concede to them 40 points and have to score 50. It is our job to go in there and go with the flow of the game. Hopefully we can create momentum for ourselves and take the crowd out of the game."


Junior IR Kendall Wright

On beating people's expectations of settling for six wins...
"We have more in us than six wins. We knew we wouldn't stop at six we knew we could do better than that. We just work hard every day and do better every week."

On overcoming some of the bad plays of the game against Texas...
"We had to overcome some things. We put the ball on the ground five times whether it was drops or fumbles in the first half, but we overcame it we just kept playing. We kept up the confidence and it helped a lot"

On the win over Texas on Saturday...
"It was a big win It was a huge success for our program so everyone is really proud and excited about it"


Senior DT Phil Taylor

On putting a lot of work in during the offseason to have the season he's having...
"After last season I just sat down and talked to the coaches and we talked about what I wanted to work on like getting my weight down and my conditioning up. I knew that if my weight went down my conditioning would improve so we worked towards that the whole offseason and now it is paying off."

On beating Texas at their home stadium...
"It felt great. I love away games. It pumps me up because I feel like everyone is going against us but when you're doing good, you can almost hear a pin drop in that stadium."

On the upcoming game against OSU...
"It is going to be a great game. We're going to have to go out there and fight. They have good offense but we have good defense so we just have to go out there and fight."


 

 

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