We're very pleased with our
I also want to thank, I just heard
before I got on the air that LaMarcus Hicks was picked as the Big 12 Defensive
Player of the Week. We sure appreciate the conference doing that. LaMarcus had a
tremendous game, a couple interceptions, seven tackles. It's the second time
he's been honored this year, also after the
Texas A&M as everyone knows has tremendous talent, great football team, outstanding program. Dennis Franchione has done a marvelous job with the A&M program and it's going to be a major challenge for our football team. Every week in the Big 12 there's outstanding players and coaches and that's what makes this place so special; we're looking forward to the game on Saturday.
It's a major challenge. It's a real tough job for defensive coaches and players against two of the real premier players in the Big 12. You're talking about Brad Smith and Reggie McNeal, they're both amazing football players. Brad Smith what we wanted to try to do; we knew he was going to make plays. He has such talent and toughness and coming out a great system, we just wanted to limit his big plays. We were fortunate to be able to do that. He went out with nine minutes to go in the game, left in the fourth quarter. That obviously you normally would think would help your chances. Chase came in and did a heck of a job and made some plays and helped them win in overtime.
Brad is truly an outstanding player and Reggie I think is every bit as talented. He's even faster than Brad Smith, very accurate. He's rushing for I think 625 yards already and almost 1,500 yards passing and 53 percent completion average; that's pretty darn good. He's just an electrifying football player. He can take a play that maybe just blocked okay or solid and turn it into a huge one. Fran's got a great system, he knows what he's doing, that's why they're ranked in the top 10 in the country in rush offense and total offense and scoring offense. It's a really a complete offense and that makes it tough because you can be sound and you can have guys in the right place but a guy like Reggie McNeal or Brad Smith can make you look silly because of their talent and ability to make people miss.
On the top two rushers in the league being quarterbacks…
You've got great talent there, a tremendous system that has allowed those guys to have success and make plays and it certainly makes defensive coordinators jobs real hard, there's no doubt about it. That's a challenge and it just seems like every week you're seeing a really talented quarterback in this league.
On A&M's pass defensive issues and how they've corrected it the last few weeks…
Just playing better technique and their fundamentals are a little bit better it looks like. They've got tremendous talent, there's no doubt about it and they're well coached they come out of a great system. Now and then the wrecking crew is giving up some plays, but I'll tell you what, they're still pretty impressive on tape and they're 5-2 and have a chance at some great things in the weeks ahead. It will be a great challenge for us but Bret Meyer our quarterback continues to improve. If have a chance to go down and make this a four quarter football game we've got to be able to protect our quarterback and throw and catch. We're not going to be able to run the ball against the wrecking crew and expect to win the game.
On defending running quarterbacks…
I haven't seen anybody shut them down completely yet and realistically we wouldn't believe we could do that. We'll try to sneak 12 on the field and see if we can slow them down a little bit Saturday.
On Stevie Hicks…
We look forward to having Stevie
back this week. I think there's a real good chance he'll play. It's all about
preparation and practice. Does he have a good week? Is he healthy as the week
goes on? We haven't had Stevie Hicks for a full football game since the
I think he has a great chance to be back, he's been in the Swimmex we have here. A lot of people in the country have them now. When we put it in it was only the fourth in the country including the NFL, NBA and college football. He's been in there and spending a lot of time and I think based on what I saw Sunday night at practice he looked real good. We could have used him Saturday from an emergency standpoint but I just wanted to give him some more rest, the doctors agreed and I think he has a real good chance to be ready this week.
On if it'd be realistic to expect to see him play the whole game…
No, I don't think the whole game with being gone so long. If he has a good week of practice and he feels as good as he did last night at practice Stevie Hicks will start and he'll play a lot of the game, no doubt in my mind.
On last years run to get back in the title picture…
We haven't really hammered on it,
but it's a good point to bring up. At this time last year, we were 2-4 and but
we had really struggled. A year ago two of those teams one of them we're playing
this were A&M and the one we're playing last week had kicked our tails;
A year ago we had been blown out a
couple times with a much younger team. It's still a young team on offense, we've
got 10 underclassmen starting, more veteran on defense, but it's still similar.
It was disappointing a year ago and it's disappointing losing those tough,
fought overtime games on the road but yet a lot to play for and I think our kids
really did respond on Saturday and the resolve and character of the team was
very evident in that game. Hopefully it will be evident this week going down to
a real tough environment at Kyle Field in