Captain's Report

Each week throughout the football season we'll be visiting with the captain's selected for that week's game. Captains for the season opener against UCLA are punter Cole Farden, safety Jon Holland and tight end Billy Bajema.

Punter Cole Farden, senior
Go Pokes: First of all, how does it feel knowing that you are the preseason All-Big 12 punter?
CF: It feels pretty good, there are a lot of great punters in the Big 12 this year. Coming in as starting punter, it is my goal to be at the top. Hopefully I can finish at the top at the end of the season.?

GP: What do you have to do against UCLA, and then the rest of the season to keep your name as the All-Big 12 punter?
CF: I just have to give our defense a long field or make the opposing offense take the long field. I know the way our defense is going to play. They are not going to get many yards on us.?

GP: What are your thoughts on the competition between Luke Roberts and Jason Ricks for the place-kicker duties?
CF: Both of our kickers, Luke (Roberts) and Jason (Ricks) have done a solid job. I think that Jason has locked up the spot. He had a great camp at two-a-days and I am real confident with him kicking this season. We did lose Luke Philips from last year, but I think Jason will not have a problem filling in his shoes.?

Tight end Billy Bajema, senior
GP: You were on the 2002 Oklahoma State football team that lost to UCLA. As a senior leader on this year's team, how important is it to win this game and then maybe have another year like the Cowboys did in 2003?
BB: It will be great to go win and get a head start on the season. We came up a little short the past two years and we have a lot of confidence going into this game. It is one we can and should go win. It would just be a big start on the season to get a big win at UCLA.?

GP: How important will the tight end be for the Cowboy?s this year?
BB: ?I think we will play an important role, in whatever role we play. As far as blocking, we feel that we need to be dominate against their defensive ends and have a great season and catch balls every time we get a chance. I think we will play a big role and just try be dominating tight ends and give our offense every advantage we can.?

Safety Jon Holland, senior
GP: How does it feel being one of the team captains for the opener at UCLA?
JH: It is a great honor that the team chose me to be a captain. I have shown great leadership and I take pride in everything I do.

GP: Last year, the defense made the stops they needed to make. With the offense breaking in new players at the skilled positions, how much of a bigger role should the defense play to take pressure off of the new player?s for them feel comfortable where they are at for the UCLA game?
?JH: We have experience in the back field with Vernand (Morency) and Shawn (Willis). If those guys can have a good game, it would make things easier for the defense because we have a lot of experience on the defensive side. I feel that the challenge our defense gives our opponent's will give them problems. That will give our offense the chance to put up some numbers.?

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