LV Lets Loose

Lawrence Vickers found himself playing tailback for most of the win over Missouri. He responded with a career-high 85 yards on 18 carries. Inside, Vickers gives props to his teammates on the offense.

Vickers shared tailback duties with Byron Ellis when Hugh Charles aggravated an ankle sprain during warm-ups Saturday.

Q: Was there a sense before this game that maybe you guys were ready to go; maybe more than in past games?
Lawrence Vickers:
You could tell in practice. Coach was telling us the only way we have a chance to get back and play Texas is if we could run the ball. He called us out and put us to the test.

Q: When did you have an idea you'd get that much work at tailback?
LV:
I never thought that. I was prepared to go in, but I thought Hugh was going to be OK. It was a last-minute thing. Coach was like, ‘OK, you're going to have to play.'

Q: How did it feel to get that much work?
LV:
It felt good. I wasn't tired at all. Just got myself a couple PowerGels, and I was ready to go. I get more motivated the more carries I get. And the o-line, they wanted to run the ball every down. They were ready. If it wasn't for them, nothing would've gotten started.

Q: Coach said he thought about giving you a break on put block team.
LV:
Oh no, I can't (come out). Special teams, that's my thing. I love being on special teams. It's so much fun on there. The coaches say you have to have your best athletes on special teams. It's something I'm going to have to do if I want to play on the next level. So I want to play in every (special team). I want to take advantage of every opportunity.

Q: You got in the end zone four times. How did that feel?
LV:
The O-line, Brendan Schaub, the tight ends, we all got in the end zone. All the credit goes to them. It just so happens I'm the one that had the ball. But it felt real good. I wanted to get (Chris) Touchdown Brown's record. I wanted to take it after I got to four. I was like, ‘OK, maybe I've got a chance to get to it.' But everything goes to the o-line, Brendan Schaub, the tight ends and receivers.

Q: How important is it for you guys to get another shot at Texas?
LV:
It's very important. First of all, me being from Texas and the game being in Texas. But this time in Houston. That's my hometown right there. Whenever we go to Houston, we have to show up. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. By any means necessary, we're going to get there.