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Meet The Press

Nov. 4, 2008

Art Briles
Opening Statement...
"Last week definitely was a disappointment because I felt like we really came a long way as a football team. We have to cross over to the other side. In order to find good things to feel good about, we have to come out with wins. I feel comfortable and confident that our guys are going to get us there. [UT] has had a storied program for decades. Mack [Brown] and his staff have done an outstanding job. When you live in the state of Texas, recruit and make your living in the state of Texas, these next three games are critical. When we go out on the recruiting trail, we are going to see guys with a Longhorn on their shirt, an Aggie bumper sticker on their car and a Red Raider on their sleeve. We have to be able to do what we do to get on as equal of a playing field as we can. We are all trying to do the same thing with the same guys. I want people to be able to go out and feel really good about what is going on in the Baylor football program, so there is a lot riding on these next three weeks."

On quarterback Colt McCoy...
"Colt is a coach's kid. I have known his dad for a long time and I actually grew up around his cousin, Brad McCoy. Colt has been around football all his life so he's a competitor, he's intelligent on the field and will fight hard to win. He possesses the ability to throw the football, rally his team and make plays with his feet at the same time."

On UT's running game...
"They run the ball really well. They have been very effective in how they score their points this year and have been pretty explosive offensively. They will run the ball and we understand that from the defensive standpoint. They have two or three guys that they really feel good about that certainly bring some things to the table when they are on the field for them, and they also have a great short yardage package. They know what they're doing. They have been doing it for a while and they're good at what they do."



On Robert Griffin's passing game catching up with his rushing..
"I think it has to do with the makeup of the college game. You can't put a guy out there play after play and subject him to the hits that he is going to get at this level. I think that is where the passing yards overwrite the rushing yards. I think it is just the nature of the football game."

On moving on from last week's devastating loss...
"We don't have a choice but to get up and go fight again, and that's all we can do. We are fighting for respectability and credibility and we don't have a choice. If there is one, I wish someone would tell me. The only thing I know is to keep fighting, keep hoping and keep working, and someday it is going to happen. That is the only option we have and that is the one we're taking."

On Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley...
"His dad, who I have known forever, is also a coach. Jordan has been an outstanding player throughout high school. He suffered a torn ACL a few years ago and came back real nicely from that. He is a clutch receiver who has the ability to take the ball the distance and a great return guy as well, which is a great combination. He and (Jeremy) Maclin at Missouri are eerily similar."

On confidence after upset Saturday...
"Confidence in something you can control and how you get confidence is through actions not words. I am so proud of our guys because every time we come to the table, we are going to eat a full meal. We are going to bring everything we have and not leave anything lying around. It is encouraging and it gives you the chance to have a good outcome. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will. And right now, we are fighting for ourselves and trying to make other people believe in us as a football team."

Senior Vincent Rhodes
On Playing Texas...
"It's good to play a good team like that, knowing that you are going into a hostile environment where everyone is going to be on their side. It's a feeling that no one else can give you."

On Texas' offense...
"They're really well balanced. They run the ball and pass the ball really well. The thing is that you need to stop one of the things. You can't have both the pass and the run blowing you up. You need to concentrate on stopping one in order to downplay their offensive scheme."

On last year's game...
"We have to take what we did last year and multiply on that. We, as older guys, need to show the younger guys that just because they're Texas doesn't mean they can't be beat. If we come out and execute everything this week, we can come out with a victory."

Senior Ray Sims
Motivation against Texas...
"I don't know if it is really motivation because growing up in Texas, football is what we do. It really isn't that big of a deal. We just need to take it as any other game."

On Jason Smith...
"He has size and speed. You will barely see any other offensive tackle with as much athleticism as he has. He is just a play maker."

On the Offensive Line...
"It has been really good. Every time we run the ball, whether it is Jeremy (Sanders), Jay (Finley), Jacoby (Jones) or me, there is always a whole open. I'm thankful to have them up front."

Senior Jason Smith
On playing Texas...
"I want to beat them a lot. It isn't one of those things you can talk about. You have to go out and do it. I want to display it through my actions and do my part. We're going to go down there and do what we do."

On Extra motivation...
"There is always motivation. Extra motivation? No. There are things that will get you riled up and that will last only about three plays. After that, you just have to play football. We don't want to give them anything to their benefit. We want to take from them. We want to go down there, play our style of football and have a little fun."

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