Texas Tech Press Conference Notes and Quotes

Notes and quotes from Texas Tech's weekly press conference.

-Head coach Kliff Kingsbury described former defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt's resignation as part of the profession and added he expects the players to come together.
-When asked when Tech decided to go a different direction with the defense, Kingsbury declined to answer and added, "We kind of covered this last week. He turned in his resignation. He said what he had to say. Really just leave it at that."
-Kingsbury said coach Mike Smith has been promoted to defensive coordinator on an interim basis.
-Kingsbury said he expects Mike Smith to do the best he can, to just be positive, give the players a chance to be successful and for the entire team to rally.
-Kingsbury said quarterback Davis Webb's struggles are just part of the process adding he remembers being booed off the field as a sophomore and Graham Harrell being booed as a sophomore, too.
-Kingsbury said he's impressed with what he has seen of Oklahoma State on tape this season and despite the Cowboys losing several players from last season, Oklahoma State has "not skipped a beat".
-Center Jared Kaster said the biggest difference in Webb from this season to last is his demeanor. He said he's a totally different person in the huddle, somebody you can count on and believe in.
-Kaster said Oklahoma State returns most of its defensive line from a season ago, that they are by the best group they have faced so far this season and among the best in the Big 12.
-Kaster said Stillwater is a fun environment to play in, that he remembers the Oklahoma State fans and their paddles from a couple years ago.
-Linebacker Sam Eguavoen said new defensive coordinator Mike Smith has made some small changes, but that it's on the players to improve, that, "the struggles were 100 percent on us".
-Eguavoen said Wallerstedt's resignation surprised all the players, that he found out on Twitter.
-Eguavoen said head coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed the whole team about Wallerstedt's resignation.

-Texas Tech leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State 21-17-2.
-Texas Tech hasn't won in Stillwater since 2001.
-Texas Tech hasn't defeated Oklahoma State since 2008, when the Red Raiders won 56-20.
-Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is 7-2 versus Texas Tech and 4-0 in Stillwater.
-Oklahoma has defeated the last 24 unranked opponents it has faced at home.
-Oklahoma State has won seven consecutive games against teams from Texas.

"It's exciting. A chance to start over really. Once you get to conference, nine games in front of us. Everything they want to accomplish and be a part of is in front of them. You're playing for first place Thursday night, you can't beat that."-Kingsbury on starting up Big 12 play this week in Stillwater, Okla.

"I think just get better. We had eight, nine guys in there last week, and it wasn't working. We just got to get better, technique, fundamentals. If that's not working, we have to improve personnel. That's where we are at. Like I said, I don't think it's lack of effort. We need to shore everything up."-Kingsbury on the defensive struggles against the run

"I think more than anything he throws it as well as anybody you'll see as far as mechanics, the way it comes out of his hand. Off-the-field stuff is through the roof, the type of leader he is, the type of kid he is. The way he handles himself off the field takes him to that next level." -Kingsbury on Stephenvile five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who signed a financial aid agreement with Texas Tech

"Yeah, it has. We were put as we were probably going to be the weakest point as an offense. We took that personal and said, hey, we want to come out and show everybody we put in this hard work during the off-season, that we really wanted to step up, take that as a, Look, guys, this team needs us, we got to give Davis some time. We've taken it day to day trying to get better. Our goal is trying to be the hardest working O-line in the country. That's what we want to be." -Kaster on the offensive line's stellar play this season

"Yeah, this will be a great opportunity to do that (get the offense kick started). Like coach said, this is an opportunity for us to go 1-0 in the Big 12 and get first place. That would be good. Oklahoma State is a really good defense. It will be a good standing point to see where we are offensive-wise.It will be really good just to get the ball rolling." -Kaster on beginning Big 12 play

"Change. We've been trying to just keep our head up. The season is going to be a marathon. A lot of us, like me, we're used to change. We're just trying to rally." -Eguavoen on what it's been like since Wallerstedt resigned

"He's just more laid back. I don't want to say friendly environment, but it's less stress, less screaming. I mean, he comes to you like a man, not as a child or something." -Eguavoen on the difference between Mike Smith and Matt Wallerstedt

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