Big 12 Teleconference Week One Notes - Part 1

All the Big 12 coaches called in for the weekly coaches teleconference, here are some notes from week one.

Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech)


- Believes Eric Stephens is a little overweight, and believes he is 90-95% of what he was last season

- Will probably start, and if not start he will get into the game early.

- Stephens should be in the game around 10-15 snaps in this game

- "I think he's going to do great, we'll just have to wait and see."

- Believes Seth Doege is one of the best Quarterbacks in the country

- Threw for over 4,000 yards on a "very, very average football team" last year

- Doege has more weapons around him this season in the receiving and running game

- Texas Tech will face Northwestern State on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Lubbock


Mack Brown (Texas)


- Got some new young guys in the middle of the defense, and they have to prove it on Saturday's that they are worthy and deserve some praise

- Wyoming had 8 wins last year, their QB broke a lot of records last season, Brown believes they will be a good test for the Longhorns

- With the Quarterback situation, "We will whatever we need to do to win the game."

- Will have a plan developed by Thursday on how to use Case McCoy and David Ash in the season opener.

- On the running backs, "We think all three are all good running backs." They are going to have to decide this week how they will use them.

- "A lot of decisions are made in the week of the game."

- On the Defense: "From a positive standpoint, our guys are getting in the gaps better." One thing that does concern Brown is the number of turnovers his defense will be able to create.

- The Quarterback situation has not stressed out the coaching staff, because they announced last week that Ash will be the starter. But if McCoy does need to come into the game, they have confidence in him as well.

- "We need to score more points, this is a point driven league."

- Last season the Longhorns averaged close to 20 points a game, and when they won the National Championship they were averaging close to 50.

- Brown said they want to have a more balanced attack and also create more explosive plays in the passing game.

- No. 15 Texas faces Wyoming on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Austin


Charlie Weis (Kansas)


- The players are relieved that they get to play a game finally and not have to practice anymore, and they are ready to show people they are not as bad as they were last season

- "We're going to have to play a lot better, and coach a lot better to win more games."

- Weis wants to see an improvement in competitiveness from his team after last season. And Weis also expects a drastic improvement from the Defensive Line.

 - Dayne Crist has knocked off the rust going from a spread offense back to a pro offense. Crist having to transition from the system that was at Notre Dame when Weis was there and then to the one when Weis left, and now back to the pro offense again.

- Kansas faces South Dakota State on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Lawrence


Bob Stoops (Oklahoma)


- Stoops wants to see the same leadership and hard work from Landry Jones this season, but believes he will see more consistency and more mobility from him in 2012

- Hopes the players around Jones will be more consistent and better this season

- With a late kickoff, Stoops said they have gotten used to those kinds of kickoffs, but they just take their time in the day to get ready. "Pace yourself and hopefully oyur ready to play at the right time."

- With the new kickoff rules, Stoops believes anything that can eliminate terrible injuries should be done

- No. 4 Oklahoma takes on UTEP on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. in El Paso


Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State)


- New kickoff rules, Gundy said he likes the new rules and agrees with Stoops in the fact that lessening injuries on the kickoff is important

- Running the same plays they have always run, nothing changes because they lost two first-round NFL Draft Picks last season

- Gundy said he is happy with where they are at right now as a football team

- "Our plays and system hasn't changed, and it will be based on what the other team's defense gives us."

- The new QB for the Cowboys needs to "learn as he goes" when it comes to getting pressure and dealing with it

- Expectations for the defense from 2011 to 2012 are the same, they expect them to "play hard, force turnovers and tackle well."

- Gundy said there will be some growing pains with the new quarterback, and he will make mistakes like every other young player

- No. 19 Oklahoma State takes on Savannah State on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Stillwater

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