"Are there any other questions for Coach Brown? (Pause) Thank you for coming."
This is a good thing, right? Its productive to normalize the first practice session after what happened in Dallas, right? Reporters need to see that no one is pointing fingers or pushing the panic button, right? The kids, of course, are watching.
Then again, to say there has been additional emphasis on a particular facet of the game is to admit that there might be a problem there. To be fair, Brown has said in previous weeks that he is very concerned about the running game (he went so far as to say the second half performance against North Texas in the season opener made him "want to vomit").
Okay, hes paid the millions to fix the problems and win the games. We just want to know how the heck you go about getting the kids back on the bus to face a road team that is, statistically, better on both sides of the ball than the one that kicked your ass on a neutral field? Is there an answer Tuesday other than "I dont know." What was the spirit at practice? How are the players feeling? For pitys sake, tell us everythings going to okay!
"Today I thought they came back out with a tremendous amount of pride," Brown said. "They know we want to win the ballgame this weekend but they also know how good Kansas State is. So, theyll play really hard. Today, they all stepped up. Theyre wanting to win. Theyre good kids. They knew they won three quarters the other day, and lost the fourth. Thats not what were all about. We want to win the fourth quarter, too."
RB Cedric Benson said the spirit was good at practice but that the team is understandably fatigued.
"A lot of guys are drained because they put so much energy into last week and into the OU game," he said. "We know we have to come out here and work hard and get ready for K-State. "