CHIP SHOTS: THE KRAKEN, KJ, HAIR PULLING

Chip Brown gives you the "best of" quotes from his player interviews as the Texas Longhorns prepare for a road trip to West Virginia this week.

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* Game time has been set for the Texas-Baylor game on Dec. 5 - 11 am CT on either ABC or ESPN

 

* Texas has been outscored 51-0 in the first quarter of true road games this season - at ND (14-0), at TCU (30-0) and Iowa State (7-0).

"We have to throw the first punch," RB D'Onta Foreman said.

 

* Only 6 teams in FBS have played more true or redshirt freshmen this season than Texas (26).

 

* Texas has had 36 players this season see action in a college game for the first time - third only to Kansas (39) and TCU (37).

 

* Here's the "best of" quotes from my player interviews as Texas prepares for a road trip to West Virginia this week ...

 

* Teammates love RB Kirk Johnson because of how hard he works in practice and all the questions he asks.

"In meetings, Kirk always asks all the right questions," said RB D'Onta Foreman. "He'll come up to me after a series in a game and ask me what I was seeing on each of the plays. I like it. He just goes hard every day. He has the mentality that he has to be the best, and that's what we need."

Added Johnathan Gray: "Kirk is a competitor. He loves the game of football and comes to practice every day ready to work and always does anything that is asked of him. He's going to be really good. I was happy to see him get a couple carries (vs Kansas) and produce."

 

* J Gray was asked if he has unfinished business at West Virginia after tearing his Achilles at WVU two years ago?

"I got hurt the last time we were there, and it was tough on me, because I wanted to help my team win."

 

* Several players were asked if they were using a potential bowl bid as motivation for Saturday's game at WVU?

"You don't go big picture, " J Gray said. "You focus on exactly what we need to do to win this game. We do that, the rest will take care of itself."

 

* RB D'Onta Foreman said he has recovered from the turf toe that limited him against Iowa State.

 

* Asked what's pushing him to stay motivated in this 4-5 season, D'Onta Foreman said, "I'm always motivated. I play angry. I want to help my team win games. Coming out of high school, I didn't feel like I got the credit I deserved, so I'm always motivated. I play with a chip on my shoulder."

 

* Patrick Vahe said he leaves his hair long and outside his helmet, because he knows opposing players will grab his hair, and he said, "When people pull my hair, I get angry."

 

On the two-back set from the shotgun, Vahe said, "Oh that's dangerous. Perfect for us. Dangerous for the other team."

 

* Junior S Dylan Haines on having 8 career INTs: "It's great that I have eight interceptions, but I know I could have 12. I remember the ones that got away more than the ones I've made. But I'm trying to maximize my opportunities through film study and formation recognition."

 

* Dylan Haines on freshman S DeShon Elliott's  performance vs Kansas (2 INTs):

"DeShon's a great player already. He battled injuries all fall camp, and that's when you get a lot of reps and on-field experience to get ready for the season. And then he gets thrown out there in his first action at safety, and he gets two picks and has a few good tackles. Just an unbelievable performance by him. He's done a great job of taking coaching." 

 

* Haines on the maturity of freshmen safeties P.J. Locke and DeShon Elliott:

"One time I was bored and I was doing a little research on P.J., and I saw he was a great student in high school with offers from Yale and Stanford. So I knew he would take the playbook and put it in his mind with the mental capacity to learn it quick as well as have the physical tools to play safety. And P.J. has been learning multiple positions the whole year - nickel and safety - which is not easy to do.

"Usually, coaches will have one of them on the field with either Jason (Hall) or myself, so you have a veteran with a young guy. But at the end of the Kansas game, you had P.J. and DeShon on the field together, and they played well."


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