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Texas Longhorns Offense Previews Oklahoma State Cowboys

Texas offensive players discuss the Longhorns' upcoming game at Oklahoma State to kickoff Big 12 Conference play.

Chris Warren

- When asked how the team can get better executing on third downs, Chris Warren said the Longhorns have go-to plays that the offense can execute flawlessly. "If we have plays like that, we can get passed the sticks."

- Warren believes this year's team is "better" than 2015. He said the team is more focused and everyone wants to win more than last season.

- Sterlin Gilbert's offense is pretty close to second nature for the unit. Warren said the younger players have a little more of a learning curve right now, but the experience is helping the offense get more into a groove.

- The running back believes splitting carries with fellow RB D'Onta Foreman helps keep both guys fresh, which will come in handy down the stretch for the Longhorns next nine-straight weeks of conference games without a bye.

- Both Warren and Foreman have stepped up as leaders for the running backs. "It's a special bond we have in that room. I don't really know how to describe it. It's something you have to be there for."

- Warren said Kirk Johnson is a "really good player" who is eager to play. Johnson is frustrated to be dealing with another injury this season, and is doing everything he can to return to the field.

- The tough losses from 2015 makes this team not want to lose and go through the heartbreak. "That was last year and we're a different team this year. I hope we don't feel that way again."

- With Kent Perkins suspended for Saturday's game, Warren said the offense will take a hit, but he feels "pretty good" about the depth behind him. The running back recalled Perkins' being sidelined with injury against UTEP, which gave Alex Anderson a chance to play and "play pretty well" in Warren's opinion.

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