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Meet the Press: Football Previews Kansas State


 Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement...
"I hope everyone is doing well. I'm certainly excited about this weekend's game because we're in town. It's a great opportunity for us to play better, get better, and show better. We're anticipating a huge crowd this weekend in favor of Baylor, and that will give us the opportunity for us to go out there and get our fifth win."

On the motivation to beat the number one team...
"I wish it was, but it's really not. It's all about us. We have to continue to fight hard to get our fifth win and it just so happens that Kansas State is coming to town. If you play in this league, you will play really great football teams, so we have to be one of them. I think we're very determined, I think we're hungry, and I think we're getting better, and that gives me a lot of inspiration at this point in the season."

On close losses becoming wins...
"I think we've been due for a while, but the other team feels like they're due also and that's what makes it so great. We have to perform at a high level every snap. That's the difference between winning and losing. We have to play the whole game and then we'll have a good result."

On Aaron Jones' season...
"I think it's been a lot like the team's season. He's had some great spots, but it just hasn't happened on a consistent basis. He's been a threat for us not only this year, but also these past couple of years."

On the toll of close losses...
"We expect to win the game. We don't go to Texas hoping to be in the game or Oklahoma and be in the game or Kansas State and be in the game. We want to win the game. We aren't looking at it as if it was close and it just didn't happen, we're looking at it as if we should've won the football game. We have to find a way to coach better, play better, and make it a "W" instead of the alternative. That's our approach every week."

On Kansas State Quarterback Collin Klein...
"He brings maturity and production as well as being a good teammate. He sacrifices when he needs to and sacrifices when he has to. He's as good a dual-threat QB as there is in America."

On Baylor Running Back Lache Seastrunk...
"He went 2 years without playing football, so there is a process. He's a great teammate and he's very determined and that, combined with his skill set, gives him a chance to be really, really good. He has a great team mindset. His production has increased from just being on the field and being good."

On Kansas State Running Back John Hubert...
"He's a tough kid with the ability and speed to get around the edge and that, combined with Klein, makes for a really good one-two punch."

On Baylor's offensive line...
"I choose to believe we are getting better. I don't know if the facts will prove me wrong or not, but as of now, I think we are a better team than we were a month ago on offense, defense and special teams. We have two new tackles, a new center and a guy who moved to guard, so four out of five guys were new. Now they've played nine football games, and they're better than they were, and they should be."

On injuries...
"Joe (Williams) is fine and K.J. Morton should start practicing this week. (Rodney) Chadwick is not as severe as we originally thought. We thought it was an ACL and now it looks like an MCL. I don't know the degree, but he may be able to play later on this year."

 Senior Quarterback Nick Florence

On playing the number one BCS team and if that is extra motivation...
"It's motivation to play whoever comes to Waco. They are a good team. They have a lot going for them, they play great football, and they play disciplined football. And yeah, they are number one, it is what it is. Our goal is for them not be number one when they leave Waco, so we are going for it and that's the way we have to approach the game."

On not being that far away from putting a good win together...
"Yeah, that's what we have been thinking pretty much all season. We have a great football team and we have been coming up a little bit short every time. I think the biggest thing is that we have to win every side of the ball. Our defense played well enough the other night and made some stops. We didn't put enough points on the board on offense. Special teams we had some mistakes, I mean everywhere we look we had some mistakes that cost us. We have to eliminate those things, and play like we played against Kansas when we played a complete game on all sides of the ball, and if we can do that we will win these close ball games."

On the play of the offensive line...
"My O-line has been huge. Yeah two new tackles, but those guys work harder than anyone I've seen. I think that's the biggest thing about our O-line this year is that they act as a group and a team. There is no drama, they work together and they are in it together and there is no pointing fingers. When you have a group of guys that work together like that, you can do a lot of things, so they have done a heck of a job. Every day at practice, those are guys are getting beat up more than any other guy on the team, and they still come out to practice with a lot of energy and a lot of hype. They really set the tone and tempo for what we do, and they have done a great job."

 Sophomore Wide Receiver Levi Norwood

On the extra motivation in playing the number one team in the BCS this week...
"I mean it adds a little, but it's like playing Oklahoma last year and beating them last year. It's exciting and it motivates us a little bit."

On feeling like you are due for a big win after being so close a couple of weeks...
"We talked about that every year Coach Briles has been here; there has always been some sort of defining moment each year. Of course last year, the whole season was defining, but we really haven't had anything like that this year. We need something and feel like this week could be that week."

On knowing Ahmad Dixon and what kind of player he has always been...
"Yeah, the year I played with him in high school, I definitely saw that emotion out of him and it's been like that ever since. He always leaves everything out there on the field and gives it his all."

 Junior Linebacker Eddie Lackey

On how he felt coming out of the OU game...
"Yeah, we were a little disappointed. There were some key moments in that game; a couple third-down plays that we should have made, and those were just heartbreakers for us. Just from a defensive standpoint, those were big. Those are mistakes we can't have going into the game with Kansas State."

On what's going to be the challenge from his position against KSU...
"Just being disciplined and playing our assignments and being where I need to be. I guess that's just the biggest part of playing a team like Kansas State just because they don't make a whole lot of mistakes being the number one team in the nation. You have to be disciplined, and you have to play a role and play every play like that's going to decide the outcome of the game."

On the possibility of having extra motivation on playing the number one team in the nation...
"I mean, it's a bit more motivation, but we are just to that point where we are due. It's time for us to turn this thing around and show the country what we can do, and I think that's what excites us the most."


 

 

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