Keepin it Quandre

If there’s ever a time to drop whatever it is that you’re doing as a journalist covering the Longhorns it’s when you have the opportunity to interview Quandre Diggs.

On a “realness” scale, the senior defensive back is off the charts.

He’s the type to make Texas’ media relations department cringe with what he might say, and the one player that causes UT beat writers to sharpen their elbows in order to get prime real estate in front of.

Diggs wanted to be anywhere but at a table surrounded by media on Monday morning.

“I just want to eat Pluckers and leave,” he said.

It drew a laugh from those surrounding him but he couldn’t have been more serious. He knew questions about another blowout loss to BYU were headed his way, as were questions about Charlie Strong all but saying this team lacked leadership, and he wanted none of it. Diggs had answered them all before.

But he sat there and spoke up, as he always does, in true Quandre fashion.

“I'm really frustrated because I don't have a next year,” he said. “It's all about this year. For us seniors, it's an opportunity that we let go down the drain and something that we didn't expect.

“There's a lot of emotions tagged up into this. You go out and you spill it all on the field each and every week. You go out and practice six days a week, and it's frustrating when it doesn't come out the way you want it to come out. We've just got to regroup, rebound and get ready to go for this week and take advantage of the opportunity we have. The guys have to get focused and be ready to go, and we'll go with what we have.”

What Texas has is still up for debate. Charlie Strong said it himself that he felt the coaching staff was taking the BYU game more serious than the players were, and that’s a huge issue.

Diggs was told of what Strong said and responded, “I can only go off what Coach is saying. If he said that, then I’ve got to do more. I’ve got to be more of a leader.”

At least from what the public eye sees, it’s hard to ask much more of Diggs, who never minces his words and plays with the passion that Strong is looking for.

He was disgusted by the loss to BYU, especially in the manner in which it happened. But are there enough players around him who feel the same way, that hate losing as much as he does?

"I feel like some guys have it, but we don't have enough," Diggs said. "I'm a guy who grew up winning. I never lost. I don't like to lose. It's not something I've ever accepted. I think sometimes guys accept losing because they come from different high schools where they're the stars, and as long as they are going in and making plays, it's acceptable. That's the thing they grew up with. Me, I never grew up losing. I don't like losing video games, cell phone games, any of that. I barely let my little nephews beat me in games. I take it so seriously.

"I definitely agree with coach. We don't have enough guys… When you take a loss, it's something you should be disappointed about. You should go home and just think about that for the rest of the night. That's what I did. I went home. I just sat with my family. We just talked. My mom is one of the people who can get me out of one of those moods, and that's who I talk to in one of those times. We don't have enough guys that just will not accept losing."

Does this all revert back to that entitlement issue that has hovered over this university the past several seasons? Diggs seems to think so, especially when it comes to not taking the time to watch film on your own, which is something Strong stressed to the team he wanted to see more of.

“Some guys feel like they're entitled,” Diggs said. “They think they're going to go out and play and they're going to do well without watching film. It's something that you should be able to do on your own. You should be able to go out and watch at least 15 to 20 minutes of film each and every day to get ready for what those guys are going to do. I understand that we watch film when we come up for meetings and stuff, but that's not enough. I can definitely understand where coach is coming from.”

It’s not like Texas’ players have to cut the film themselves. That’s being done for them, Diggs said.

“It's going to be there for you to go watch,” he said. “It's surprising when guys don't take advantage of those opportunities. That's kind of what I meant when I said guys don't love football - that's where it comes from.”

Diggs has been around this program for a long time, really since the turn of the century when his brother, Quentin Jammer, played at Texas. He’s seen how his brother prepared. He’s seen how others, who are now playing on Sundays, took the extra step to ensure they were as prepared as possible.

“I've been in secondaries with guys like Kenny [Vaccaro], and he watched film all day,” Diggs said. “He took extra time to go out and just watch film, and that's something that I learned when I was playing with him. It's all about being accountable, and if you don't want to be accountable, then that's between you and you.

“That's kind of what Ray Lewis said, effort is between you and you, and being accountable is between you and you, also. You've just got to try to continue to get those guys to learn and get better with some of their ways.”

Diggs said it wasn’t up to him to get players to watch film, that players are grown men and can do it themselves.

“I've grown up around the game, so I know,” he said. “When you have people that just don't really care like they should, then that's the kind of predicaments you get yourself into.”

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