OU bye week quotables

Sooners weren't in action, but the players still addressed the media this week.

A little Oklahoma withdrawal this weekend? Nothing is the substitute for the real thing with the Sooners, but here are some of the best quotes from the week that was in Norman.

WR Durron Neal talks touchdown pass

“That’s actually a play we’ve been working on for the last two years and we knew we were going to have to bring out a lot of tricks for West Virginia. We knew they were a high-powered offensive team and as an offense we take it personally to help out our defense when they need help.

“That play in particular, I knew the end was going to be coming hard and I just had to get it out of my hand really fast. I didn’t want to overthrow it, just a quick lob. I knew it was a touchdown as soon as it left my hand.”

DL Chuka Ndulue talks being a friend

“I guess that is my dad in me. I don’t like seeing people down. I like to see guys smiling. Quentin Hayes, Geneo Grissom, Aaron Franklin, we are all best friends and we live together. If one of them has a bad time I try to be around them and encourage them. Maybe we go do something fun and get their mind off football for a couple of hours. My high school coaches and my mom and dad taught me to lead by example and to be a good person and others will follow. So far it’s working.”

DL Charles Tapper talks family/friend support at WVU

“I originally only got my mom 30 tickets, so how she got another 20 I do not know. She is an amazing lady and for her to do that, I really appreciate it. I appreciate everyone that came out to the game and it was great to see all the 91s in the stands. It was like I had my own little section up there. It was a great feeling to know that I have so much support back home.”

Center Ty Darlington talks Samaje Perine

“He runs so hard. Going back and watching the film, there were sometimes where we opened holes for him, but he gets to this second level where you see people just bouncing off of him. I do not even know what to compare him to. He runs the ball hard and he is hard to bring down; that’s what we love as offensive lineman.”

RB/KR Alex Ross talks earning conference honor

“I was pretty proud of it. I’ve never won something like that before and I didn’t know until this morning when Coach (Cale) Gundy told me. I was pretty excited.”

OL Adam Shead talks being physical

“It actually started last year when Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh got here. We knew it was going to be a change. You can feel the intensity when he walks into the room. It has been a constant climb since.

“It was pretty big deal. You knew he was serious about being physical because when he first came in and said, ‘we may not play with the best technique, you might mess up some games but you are going to play hard and you’re going to play physical.’ That is something he has always implemented in us."

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