Vickers Looks Forward to Playing Old Friend

<!--Default NodeId For Lawrence Vickers is 1223690,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1223690]>Lawrence Vickers</A> will have several friends and family members in the stands Saturday when CU plays at <!--Default NodeId For Texas A&M is 372,2004--><A HREF=http://tamu.TheInsiders.com>Texas A&M</A>. Vickers will also get the opportunity to play against his friend and former teammate, A&M DT <!--Default NodeId For Johnny Jolly is 1400144,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1400144]>Johnny Jolly</A>.

Q: You're playing against your old friend, Johnny Jolly this weekend.
Lawrence Vickers:
Yeah, we've been waiting for this for a long time. We've always been competing against each other forever. It's just one of those things.

We grew up playing against each other, but we never really knew each other until we went to high school. We played together at Forest Brook.

Q: Have you talked to him this week?

LV: I haven't talked to him at all. I don't want to talk to him. We said we weren't going to talk to each other the week of the game.

Texas A&M defensive tackle Johnny Jolly wraps up Oklahoma State's Vernand Morency.
Photo by AP

Q: He's playing defensive line. What's going to happen when you've got the ball and he's coming at you?
LV:
We're going at it. I'll get my licks in every now and then. That's my plan.

The plan is to go down there and have a great game. It's very exciting for me. I get to play in front of a lot of people back at home. It's not going to be just Aggie fans, there's going to be a lot of Colorado fans too.

Q: So you have friends who are going to be at the game?
LV:
Oh, man. About 50 people.

Q: Have you been to games at Kyle Field before?
LV:
I've been to plenty of games there. I've been telling teammates, it's like the whole stadium went to stadium practice. They do this swaying; they do the Aggie Sway, and they're real loud. They can get to you if you let them.

We just have to play football and zone them out. You can pretty much hush that crowd if you just go out there and play. If we go out there and start doing some things to that A&M defense, we'll be alright.

Q: What's the confidence level of this team right now?
LV:
We're confident. Like always. We've been beating ourselves, but we plan to go out there and have a good offensive game and a good defensive game. We just have to focus on Colorado. We need to go out there and get the o-line right, the d-line right, the LBs, running backs, safeties.

We've been doing the little things that's going to get us better. More film time; watching it together instead of individually so we'll all be on the same page.

Q: You've stayed positive no matter what your role has been in the offense this season. And you've taken on a leadership role. Do you feel good about that?
LV:
I take a lot of pride in that. I've always been one to lead by example. It's something I do every day. A lot of people respond to me because they know I'm going to go out there and do whatever. Whatever it takes, I'm going to do it.

And we've been focusing on being honest and being real with one another. You know, sometimes even the captains mess up, because captains are regular people. They need another captain or another teammate to tell them, ‘Hey, you need to get yourself right.'

NOTES
CU support staff pulled out two stacks of large JBL speakers onto the practice fields Wednesday and played noise during parts of the practice to try and simulate the crowd noise they'll experience at Kyle Field Saturday.

The noise was recorded at a game at Folsom a few years ago and remixed for the practice sessions.


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