Below are excerpts from Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins' on Oklahoma from his weekly press conference on Tuesday. Quotes courtesy of CUBuffs.com.
On Oklahoma's loss of Adrian Peterson
Hawkins: I don't know if we totally know that until we get there. Those guys had a very tight knit system in place for a while and I don't think you're going to see them deviate a whole bunch. They are a little bit like us, where they have some different elements from many offenses in what they do. The guy that they have backing him up is pretty good as well, so I don't think you're going to see a huge departure from what they do.
I just think that is the assumption sometimes, people think ‘Oh hey they are going to drop off.' Well, it's Division I football. There are scholarships, there are other guys that can play, and they will have other guys that can play. So I think to make that assumption [is wrong], and again if you watch their offensive line, they are pretty good up front.
You know, guys like you and I could probably get some yards in there. They do a nice job of blocking people, they will have capable backups, and they have a good system. They aren't just going to let you lay in there and hammer on people.
Their quarterback is doing a nice job and they've got good receivers. I just think you can overplay that sometimes.
On Oklahoma's defense
Hawkins: Well, it kind of reminds me of when I went swimming with the sharks in South Africa, it is scary.
Obviously, Coach [Bob] Stoops has always been one of the great defensive coaches in the country. They've got it all. They are big, tall, fast and athletic, they can pressure you. They don't give up big plays, they are good in every single way and you don't look at them and go ‘Oh, we'll get them on that.' You just don't. You've got to go earn your yards, earn your first downs and earn your touchdowns because they are not going to give you anything.
On Oklahoma QB Paul Thompson
Hawkins: I think he does a nice job, he's accurate. I think when you look at it and say they've got a former wide receiver playing quarterback, you might think he would not be that way. But he's a big, tall kid who can throw it and he's accurate. He can hurt you with his feet as well. He's done a really, really good job.
I think for most people to think when they lost [former QB] Rhett Bomar they aren't going to be able to do anything but hand it to Adrian Peterson, that has not been the case at all. They've thrown the ball, so he is very good in that area.
Hawkins on Oklahoma
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