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Meet the Press: Football Hosts No. 5 Oklahoma




Nov. 14, 2011


 Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement...
"Congratulations to Kendall (Wright) and Elliot (Coffey), very well deserved. I am really proud for both of them, particularly Kendall for making the Biletnikoff semifinalist. That is a big deal. Hopefully he can finish out strong here in the next two or three weeks and be one of the finalists. I certainly think he is deserving and hopefully that will work out well for him and for our football team because that is a big shot in the arm for our program. I think the win the other day just proves that it is hard to win on the road. The thing we lose sight of a little bit is that we have been three out of the last four games away from home. We are going to get to flip that around here a little bit over the next three weeks which is very welcome to us. You learn a lot about people and about yourself when things are not right, when things are not going the way you expect them to go and I am proud of our coaches and players and all of our support people who just kept fighting and believing when maybe a lot of other people might not have."

On the pressure on the team after becoming bowl eligible...
"I think I wouldn't be quite honest if I didn't say that it is some pressure off. It does lift a little bit of a burden because that is your first goal when you start out every year, to become a bowl eligible football team. We know that with our schedule and playing in the Big 12 that it is a tough task to take hold of. That is what makes it so sweet when it does happen because, I am not sure how many teams are bowl eligible right now, but I am just glad we are one of them. It is a relief, but is certainly not the end of the road. We have a lot of unfinished business that I could certainly dictate to you, but we will let it play out and see what happens. These next three games hold a lot of goals left in them for us."

On what was going through his mind during Kansas' two point conversion attempt...
"Well first of all I was not surprised at all that they went for two. Where they are at and what they are trying to do, they thought it was a chance to go out and get a win. When they lined up to go we decided to call a time out to kind of see what we felt like they were going to do, they actually switched their play. And on the two point play, Phil (Bennett) and those guys did a really good job of disguising the coverage. As far as what was going through our minds was just, you have got to make a play. And in those situations, from a defensive standpoint, it is usually about an 80 percent throw. It takes a lot of courage because you go up against a lot of percentages when you line up to go for a two point play. So you have got to think pass first and our guys did a great job. Phil and his staff had them prepared and Joe (Williams) made a great play."

On Baylor's ability to score at the end of the game...
"The thing about today's game is that leads are not safe until you have got the ball and the clock is running down and you have got the lead. That is about the only time that you are assured you have got the victory. You have just got to keep fighting, keep believing and keep waiting for something good to happen. We do understand that we have the ability to score quickly if things fall right. The thing we have to do is start fast, which is a thing that we haven't done a couple of times this year and it has hurt us. Without a doubt, Oklahoma State and that game. We need to come out of the blocks and put points on the board early and we didn't do that. The thing that helped us is that when we did get a little momentum, we kept it and that was a critical thing. I have been in games where one team will have momentum, you keep it for a series or two, and then the next team gets it back. Once we got it the other day, we kept it. The defense went out and got a one, two, three series right after our first score. We come back and score again, they make a couple first downs and then punt it, then we got it again and go score again. We kept the momentum all the way through, and even into the overtime I felt like we had momentum on our sideline because our sideline was alive."

On Joe Williams' ability and what he can take away from his big play this weekend...
"What we saw on tape from his junior college tape, watching him in one-on-one drills, he had great ball skills. When the ball was in the air he had great ability to make a play on the ball. That is the number one thing you look for in a defensive back. Guys can flip their hips, they can run, they can cover, but can they play the ball when it is in the air? There are going to be a lot of jump ball situations. Balls are going to be underthrown, overthrown right or left and you have got to make a play on it. That is the number one thing that we noticed about Joe (Williams). And then you got to looking into his background. He is a high school quarterback and he is left handed. Most guys that are left handed are pretty good with both hands, which help him in that position also, and he has been a position where people have looked at him and expected him to do something, being a quarterback. All of the intangibles that he brings to the table, and then when you get to know him as a person he is a great young man. He is very driven, very focused and very passionate. The more you get to know him the more you like him. He has just come in and done a great job. He is a very competitive guy who you can trust on the field. All of those things allowed him to do that. Making that play in that situation, all the people that didn't know him that are Baylor fans all of a sudden know him. That is what that does for you."

On the dynamic change in OU's offense without Ryan Broyles in the lineup...
"Well it does change without him. Ryan is arguably one of the best guys in America, maybe to have played in the last ten years stat wise. First of all, his injury, I hate it for him and I hate it for Oklahoma because of what he has done and the way he has been able to do it. I have seen his interviews and he seems like a really outstanding young man. They are not without. They have got good people, they have good schemes and they have a guy throwing the football that is doing it as well as anyone in America right now at this level. They are, as always, a perennial top-5 team and it didn't just start in 2000. Flip out your retro books and look in the 50's and see where they were, then jump around and look in the 60's and 70's, and the 80's and 90's. They are a strong football program and that is why you love being in this conference, because you love playing people who are well thought of nationally."

On Kendall Wright's ability to play college wide receiver...
"His leaping ability, all-around athlete, football, basketball, and track. He was a 50 foot triple jumper, he can slam the basketball anyway you want it, starting point guard, was a quarterback in high school and he is a very competitive dynamic player. He is as good as anyone I have ever been around as far as getting off of the ball and having the ability to make someone miss in a tight space. All of those things, but I think the thing that stands out about Kendall (Wright), besides form all of that, s his passion. I have said it a bunch of times, he is a guys that when he walks onto a field, he is not thinking about not wining. He is thinking that he is about to get into somebody in a big way and that is what you want and that is what you like and that is what bleeds off onto other people. Just like the deal the other day, he was talking about catching that punt and I said I thought you were fixing to go 102. If he has got the ball in his hands, good things are going to happen for Baylor."

On Tevin Reese's improvement from week to week...
"He is a dynamic player. He's fast, he's long and is another kid who is a 40-inch vertical jumper, state hurdler in high school when he was a junior and senior. Like we said last week after the game against Missouri, he is just waiting and taking advantage of his opportunities. He is a guy that when he gets into open spaces, he is hard to coral. He was good last year, he made a lot of plays. I don't know what his stats were, but he had some really good plays for us, he just didn't have the really long homerun hitters that he has had this year for us. That really helps us when you can stretch a defense like that. It really opens up a lot of things for a lot of other people."

On Elliot Coffey being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week...
"I am very proud of Elliot for a variety of reasons, being a great leader, a great teammate, being a great spokesperson for our football program and our university. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. He has got a great Mom and Dad who have certainly raised him in a positive way to where he is more concerned with others than himself. I think it is a very deserved honor, I mean two interceptions for a linebacker in a conference game is a big-time deal. He really made some good plays in the game and almost had just a huge one, but he had a great afternoon and it couldn't happen to a greater guy."

On why the team got off to a slow start this weekend...
"If I knew, it wouldn't happen again. I think they came out and sustained a good drive into the wind and ate about six minutes off of the clock and were able to put three points on the board. Of course we didn't do anything our first possession and they got it again and ate more time. It just builds up. A lot of times it gets worse before it gets good and that is the way it happened the other day. What you can't do is fold up your helmet, put it in your back pocket and leave. If they put 60 minutes on the clock we are going to play 60 minutes and we are going to believe we are going to win every one of them."

On what impresses him on OU's defense...
"Consistency over the years. You look at OU's defense for the last ten years, ever since Coach Stoops has been there and they are a top ten defense. This year, maybe not stat wise in that category, but personnel wise, scheme wise, intensity wise, no question. Those guys are good, extremely good. They do a great job schematically; they put a lot of pressure on you."

On the defense stepping up and being able to allow the team to come back and win at Kansas...
"I think just from a team standpoint there was a momentum switch. I hope no one is talking about one side over the other (offense vs. defense). If you want to go down to plays, when there are extra points sitting out there and you have got to make it, they are not always gimmies. You hit a 37 yard field goal with no time left on the clock to end the first half when nothing had gone right, that is a big boost. There are a lot of things that happen during the game on both sides of the ball and special teams that helped us win that football game."

Junior QB Robert Griffin III

On having doubts after being down 24-3 in the fourth quarter against Kansas...
"I think it is difficult, but it showed the character of the team. It also helps whenever you follow through with it, you make the comeback and you get the victory. It helps keep that doubt out, so it's big. We know we're never out of a game. We've just got to be a little bit more consistent and start out a lot faster."

On Baylor's ability to score quick-strike touchdowns...
"We know we can put up points in a hurry. But in a game like that you can't have any mistakes, and everybody's got to play well, defense included, because if they score a touchdown it just puts you that much further out of it. So everybody stepped up big, offense, defense, special teams, it helped us get that victory."

On being bowl-eligible and losing the pressure of making a bowl game for a second year in a row...
"I think the pressure is off of us as far as being bowl-eligible goes. Games are tough to win in the Big 12, we know that. Not that Kansas was a gimme, obviously, they played extremely well at home and have all year. So we knew we needed to get that victory then, which we did. And now we can play like we have nothing to lose, which is the way you always want to play. But for us, we don't have anything to lose, we've just got a lot of good games in front of us, and we're looking to go seize them."

On Kendall Wright's ability to play through injuries...
"You expect it. When you have competitors like we do on this team, especially like Kendall, nobody wants to sit out. I know I don't, no matter what's wrong. He's played through a lot of injuries, a lot of nagging injuries, nothing too huge, but he's always been there. Ankles are tough for wide receivers because they've got to cut a lot, but he's done a great job of making sure he's where he needs to be for most situations."

 Sophomore CB Joe Williams

On the comeback win over Kansas...
"It was a pretty good win. We just had to fight hard and just do our thing. We just had to stay the term and stay focused and just keep our poise and do what we do."

On what was going through his mind during the two-point conversion play...
"When I see ball, just go get that ball down, get it out of the air and make sure he doesn't catch it. I had to realize that the game was actually over, there was no more overtime. We just had to get ready for the celebration."

On playing Oklahoma this weekend...
"It's definitely time to get ready for this week, so celebration's over. We're ready to go back to work this week."

 Senior LB Elliot Coffey

On earning the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor...
"It's exciting seeing all that work you've been doing finally coming to fruition and getting recognition for it. It feels good."

On the play of the defense...
"In the first half, even when things were going great, things were still going wrong it seemed like. We had to step out there, get some turnovers and we did."

On the comeback win...
"It reminds me a lot of that Colorado game we had last year. Just being on the road and it coming down to the final play like it did this year, especially since this one was in OT. We came back the way we did in the fourth quarter. It just really gives us a lot of faith in each other knowing that ... stuff is going to go wrong but if we keep fighting and keep doing our job, then we can win any game."

On playing Oklahoma this weekend...
"It's a big game at Floyd Casey with ABC. Any time you get a chance to be on a national stage like this you want to play well. We've got three games left in the season, but we're focusing on OU like never before, and we're excited about this chance."


 

 

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