Big 12 Teleconference: Bob Stoops Transcribed

Stoops got on the conference call Monday morning, and Sooners Illustrated brings you the discussion.

Q-How would you assess the way your defense has played through six games?

A-Well, for the most part pretty well. There's always, you know, some sports here and there through six games you'd like to have done better, but I feel we're playing pretty well.

Q-What do you feel like they could do better and what are you most proud of so far?

A-Well, I guess a time or two we've busted an assignment here and there, so I'm always looking to be a little sharper mentally. We've created a lot of pressure on quarterbacks and a lot of turnovers and gotten a lot of lost yardage plays, so that's probably some of the things we've done the best.

Q-Yesterday Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh in the postgame handshake didn't go so well. Is it ever tough to control your emotions after such an emotional game for that setting and is it an awkward setting for you?

A-It can be awkward, but at the end of the day, I mean, it's about being professional and being able to do so. You know, that's what I always remind myself, and I've been on both sides of it. You know, it's just always consider the other guy and be a good sport about it and whatever you're doing, try and do it the right way.

Q-Mack Brown was saying maybe the coaches' association should take a look at it, not make it a mandatory thing because some coaches just rub each other the wrong way and he has been awkward at times, how about you?

A-Well, I don't know. Whatever, again, it just gets down to being a pro about it one way or another, you know. Showing good sportsmanship I think at the college level at least is the proper thing to do. It sets an example for everybody watching, and you either humble yourself and do it properly or you suck it up and when you're on the other end and do it properly, too.

Q-Bob, I was wondering if you could discuss a little bit about the Texas Tech offense. You've seen them a lot over the years, have they changed much from what you've seen them do the last couple years?

A-You know, there's still a lot of similarities in how they spread the ball around, some of their run plays, the way they're throwing the football. So, it seems very familiar with what we're used to seeing from Tech, you know, and their quarterback's doing a great job completing 70 percent of his percent of his balls and averaging well over 300 yards per game. So, there's a lot of similarities.

Q-They've been through a lot of quarterbacks over the years. They all seem to throw for about 400 yards per game, can you tell much difference between Seth Doege and the other guys you've seen the last six or eight years?

A-Well, he looks to be on par with a lot of those guys. He's throwing the ball really well.

Q-It seems like there's a lot more emphasis and talk about red zone offense and defense. Is it because more points are being scored and when teams get down inside the 20 whether they score a field goal or whether the defense holds them to just three, is it just because there's so much offense these days that that's getting more attention?

A-I don't know that it is or not. You know, the offense overall has been highly productive, so maybe you're down there more than usual, I guess. I haven't done the study. You'd have to do that, but probably.

Q-Could you talk a little about Ryan Broyles' career and his season so far?

A-The guy's just amazing, you know, such a dynamic player when you look at his consistency. To set an NCAA record is really pretty special. It shows just his consistency and big play ability. You know, here's a guy that halfway through the season has the record, the NCAA receiving record, and did it in such great fashion. The kid has over 200 yards in receiving on 13 catches and has another 84 in punt returns, so he has 301 all-purpose yards on the day, such a big player and also set the Big 12 receiving touchdown record on the same play. So, the guy's amazing and just continues to do it week after week even when people know that's what--you like to get the ball to him. He continues to find the opportunity to get open and make plays.

Q-I just want to follow up with that on Ryan. What have you been able to do to ensure that he gets open and gets receptions?

A-Well, it shows whether they're keying on him or not to run routes, to be precise, to get open. You know, we have talented quarterback that can get the ball into tight spots, and he has amazing hands. He's so competitive and when he has a chance to get it, he gets it. And then we multiple routes. We try to make it difficult and making sure that we move him in a lot of different ways, so it can be fairly complicated trying to fix your coverage just to stop him.

Q-He took a pretty big hit across the middle. The fact that he's gone four years returning punts, catching passes and taking licks from people, is durability one of the things that people maybe overlook, the fact that's he's not a very big guy and he gets dealt big blows on a lot of occasions?

A-Absolutely. Actually he avoids--he's just such a crafty route runner. He has a great knack for feeling those kinds of hits and absorbing them, getting down, not taking the full brunt of it. And again, that's kind of just how shifty and how great of feet and aware he is and it may look bad, but he often gets away from them more than you think.

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