ST: Oh yea, bye weeks are way too long. We have been here for two weeks just pressing, hitting hard and now we're ready to beat up on another opponent.
RK: Does anything good come from a bye week after two straight losses?
ST: Not really, we had a real rough bye week we call them blood baths: The Trig logy. We had three practices that were real hard and very physical. But I think it's what we needed and will make us a stronger team.
RK: Let's talk a little bit about the defense. Two tough losses in a row where you guys gave up a lot of points. Have you guys made any changes at this point?
ST: Not really changes. We varied some stuff that we do every week but it's more about playing consistently, which we haven't been doing.
RK: As a captain, is this one of those times you need to go in and give one of those motivational speeches to the young guys and get this team believing again?
ST: Definitely. This is a big time right now where our entire season could go north or south. It's our decision on where we go and as captains need to help the younger guys realize the sense of urgency.
RK: The past few years the Big 12 conference schedule is when this team has really gotten it done. I'm sure that's the plan again this year.
ST: Of course it is, that's our goal to win the Big 12 every year. The preseason, non-conference games are key but now the real focus begins and the real season begins.
RK: You kick off that Big 12 season with Baylor this week, a team that has been down for many years now but are not having a bad season thus far. What do you expect from this offense?
ST: A lot of energy, a lot of players who will fight. Some real talented players, especially their tailback who is outstanding. They are not a bad team and will play very hard.
RK: Are you glad that non-conference schedule is over?
ST: Kind of. I'm really just glad to get things going in the Big 12 now. This is what really matters.
RK: Good luck Saturday.