Eric Winston Q&A

Eric Winston is a sophomore from Midland, Texas and entered the 2003 campaign as the team's starting left tackle. Last season Winston was a reserve tight end, but the coaching staff believed he would contribute more as an offensive lineman.

After playing two games as an offensive lineman, how have you progressed?

I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable. There is nothing like game experience and getting those reps under your belt. Getting out there and playing especially against guys that Louisiana Tech and Florida have makes a big difference for me. Later down the road I'm probably not going to see many guys better than a Bobby McCray. I might see a couple guys better than that, but at least I know what that level is at. I feel comfortable out there and I feel I am doing the right thing. I am trying to get better every day.

How does a big game early in the season help a player like you who is making a transition?

I think as the offensive line as a whole it is good for us. It sets the bar high and it helps us understand where we need to be by the end of the season. We still have a long way to go and I still have a long way to go. I think we are progressing and that's what it is all about.

How would you summarize the Florida game?

It was a crazy game. It was one of those games that I have never been in before and I don't know if I ever will be in one like that again. It was unbelievable with the swings, the lows and highs that you have. Fortunately we wound up on top. Hopefully you always come out on top in a game like that.

Was there a point in the game or a certain play when you thought the team would come back and win?

It was after we had that first touchdown to make it 33-18 when Beard had the big run. We had two quick scores before the third quarter ended and everybody felt that momentum change.

Was there a point in the game when you thought the team might not get the job done?

When they scored that touchdown to make it 33-10 we knew we were in for it. We knew we had to do something miraculous, but we pulled it off.

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