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Meet the Press: Football Weekly Presser vs. Texas Tech

  Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement:
"It feels good to be back on a regular week schedule without question. The other night I thought it was a great show of unity by Baylor University. I thought our fans were unbelievable and I thought our students were just crazy and good. It couldn't get any better. That was really heartwarming and humbling. I thought our players stepped up to the plate and did what they were supposed to do. It was a good evening and now we've got to move on and get ready for Texas Tech."

On Kliff Kingsbury becoming a coach:
"He's the son of a high school football coach, first and foremost. He's been around it all his life. He's very intelligent, driven and dedicated, very creative and he's an achiever. Those are good characteristics to have. I was there when he was getting going, playing quarterback at Tech and it's been fun to watch his career."

On chance to showcase depth without Tevin:
"It's a need. It's something that's going to have to happen. What we've got to do is figure out who we're going to lean, how we're going to lean on them and when we're going to lean on them. That's the situation. We do have players who are very capable and it's a good chance for them to show their competence--how they can help us and contribute with their accomplishments."

On updates on Lache and Glasco, and Shock's performance:
"From the injury standpoint, we had two and a half quarters of football without those three big guns offensively. I thought our guys played outstandingly and I thought our offensive line was really good and carried us on. Lache and Glasco are both day to day. Shock's performance was non-surprising. The thing about these guys is we've been able to give them some meaningful playing time prior to last Thursday night and it helped that night--especially in Shock's place."

On Phil Bennett and progression of the defense:
"We didn't want it to take time because you never do. We're an instant society and that's what it's all about. What he's brought is stability and experience. Like I've said many times, you can have all the money in the world but you can't buy experience. You've got to live it, taste it and feel it. He's got a great knowledge of the game and he's a tireless worker that's driven to succeed. That bleeds off on the staff and the players on that side of the ball."

 Bryce Petty, QB

On the rankings:
"I really don't think it would matter if we were ranked four or ranked 24 or No. 1. I think we're going to come out here every week, prepared and ready to go. You always have something to prove. It doesn't matter if you're the best or the worst. You always have something to prove and so that's been something that's really cool to watch is this team grow and mature. In that mentality and knowing that it's not really about anybody else but Baylor. Having that mentality going in each and every week has been a point of emphasis on why we've done so good and we have to keep that up."

On Playing at Cowboys Stadium:
"To us that's where the pro guys play. That's where a lot of people want to play and see their selves ending up. To be in that stadium, knowing that that's where the greats play, it's a big deal for a lot of us. I think the whole venue of "Jerry World" and how big it is; it's state-of-the-art. We love playing there."

On Texas Tech:
"They're a really good team, one that we're going to have to prepare for just like anybody else. They've gone through an unlucky spell of injuries and things like that so I don't really think that their record shows how good their team is because I think they have a really good team. We're going to have to be prepared on offense, defense and special teams just like were facing the best team in the conference cause right now that's who they are. We're excited for the challenge."

  Shock Linwood, RB

On why he had a great performance at the OU game:
"It was from how I carried myself through the week with learning what the defense was doing what we were going to do with our offense."

On possibly getting more playing time against Tech:
"They're planning on that. I'm going to have to step it up more and do more things that I wasn't able to do the last few weeks."

  Eddie Lackey, LB

On having talent in the depth chart:
"We always like to think that you are only as good as your two-deep because you know (injuries) are going to happen. You don't know when it is going to happen, but you know people are going to get hurt. People are going to go down, and the people behind them have to step up and make the same plays that they would. We have a lot of good players on this team, and we have Big 12 depth. We have a full head of steam going into the latter half of the season."

On the excitement of the season so far:
"I think we all feel really good about (this season). We're really excited for everything that has been going on. We're just taking it one game at a time. It's another one week season. That's how we have to take it all the way up until the last game of the year. We're doing a bunch of one week seasons, and we can't get too far ahead of ourselves or get caught up in the media and hype, along with the respect that we are finally getting as well. I haven't heard anyone on our team talk about us being in the top five in the BCS. That's the cool thing about our team is that we're humble about it. We're ready to keep this thing going and excited to see what the rest of the season has to offer."

  K.J. Morton, CB

On his big hit from the Oklahoma game:
"Once I hit him and heard them say targeting and that I was ejected from the game, I was like `Woah, I can't help my teammates out. This is bad.' I just started praying, and once they said that I was able to come back I was so excited. I knew I was about to play my best game ever."

On being coached to avoid targeting:
"We talk about it a lot. If you get caught targeting you're out of the game. We always practice safety first. We are trying to protect ourselves and the opponent as well. We're not trying to hurt anybody. We just want to keep everybody safe."

  Terrance Lloyd, DE

On defending Texas Tech's offensive:
"They throw the ball a lot. They're like us, and that's going to be a challenge. I'm ready to see what we are going to be in defensive-wise, a lot of pass rush going on. I'm going to enjoy that."

On Tech's young quarterbacks:
"It makes it fun because they are young. I don't know if they've been in a situation playing a team as good as we are and a good defense. We just have to get after them and make them rattle back there a little bit."

Aaron Jones, PK

On nearing an NCAA field goal record:
"I'm excited about that. Unfortunately the consecutive streak was what I really wanted, but I think I need a 100 more touchdowns for that to be able to happen. I don't know who did that and when, but he was putting in work. The overall is huge, like I said. It's a tribute to this offense. I'm just glad to be a part of it."

On his routine while kicking:
"It's the same on any kick because you want consistency. I make sure that I'm lined up next to Brody (Trahan) right, take my steps back and to the side, take a deep breath and relax and try to hit the ball nice and clean."


 

 

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