CN Quick Cuts: Texas Tech

In this week's addition of CN quick cuts, we sat down and chatted with the leader of the offense as well as the leader of the punt team. Find out what Bret Meyer has to say about his offensive line, his headache, and a "necessary" team meeting. And find out if punter Mike Brandter likes being on the field or would he rather watch from the sidelines? The answer may surprise you.

Bret Meyer

 

GIVE ME SOME ADVIL.

 

BM: I'm a little woozy. That one hit where I slid down…he got me pretty good.

 

IS THIS THE ISU SUPER BOWL?

 

BM: It's the biggest game we've had this year. A lot of things have gone on this year. Not a lot that we have liked. We just have to forget it, put I behind us and move on.

 

MEETING OF THE MINDS.

 

BM: We had a good meeting last night. Coach Mac did a good job of letting everybody know what we have to do. What happened is behind us. I think everybody took that to heart and we'll have a good effort this week.

 

NOT YOUR ORDINARY MEET AND GREET.

 

BM: It was a different meeting than we've ever had before. I think the situation definitely warranted that type of meeting. It was good for this team.

 

He was real with us and told us where we are as a team.

 

I think everybody needed to hear it. It was good for your coach to sit you down and tell you where you are at.

 

NOT DOING THE JOB.

 

BM: We aren't where we thought we'd be or where we are capable of being. It is what it is.

 

We want to be able to get ahead in a game. It's hard to get the run game going coming from behind. We need to get a rhythm going and get some first downs. The last couple of weeks our defense has played pretty good for as much as they've been on the field.

 

It's frustrating when we are supposedly looked at as a group that can carry the team. You want to be that group and the defense has been that group so far. We're not doing our part.

 

BIG MEN, BIG RESPONSIBILITY.

 

BM: I don't like to put anybody under like that, but our line—they are all big, all strong, all good athletes. I think they know what they have to do. Coach Mac talked to them about what they have to do in front of the team. They know what they have to do and I have the utmost confidence that they will do it.

 

 

 

Michael Brandter

 

YOUNG MATURITY.

 

MB: My first game I was a little nervous. A little unsure. But once I got out there, I felt the emotion of the game, got into the flow. Playing at these great stadiums like Texas and Oklahoma in my first year, I really try to step up and act like a senior and stay composed.

 

CONSISTENTLY CONSISTENT.

 

MB: Against Oklahoma I had my best and worst game at the same time. I had very good punts and three that weren't so hot. I feel like I need to get at a consistent level and stay there. It will come as the season goes on.

 

IT ISN'T ALL ME.

 

MB: Our only negative game (as a unit) really has been against Iowa, they had some big returns. Besides that, I can't complain at all. Ryan Baum and Jason Harris are getting down there real fast and (Matt) Purvis is getting a lot better. Ryan Kock is our leader. He's always excited and getting us ready to go. I think our coverage team has been very good.

 

REGROUP AND RELOAD.

 

MB: We're all pretty positive. We know we can play better than we have. I think Texas Tech is a team that our offense can really get going on. Their offense passes all the time and it will really test our defense. Both sides on the ball are ready to step up and do great.

 

CUT OF THE WEEK: GIVE ME A TICKET.

 

MB: I would love to be off the field. I like watching the games, I don't necessarily like playing in them because I go out when the offense fails to get a first down. And nobody likes failure in football. I try to take a negative and turn it into a positive in field position and that's what my job is.

 

TOUGH LOSSES TO GREAT TEAMMATES.

 

MB: It's heartbreaking especially in DeAndre's case, being one of our best defensive players. He's a great guy. He'll bounce back and work as hard as he can to get ready for the pro day. He'll be behind the team all that he can. And so is Carper. He's always going to be behind us and he's got two years left. It's tough to deal with in the middle of the year, when we need those guys. But we're going to come together and overcome it.

 

 


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