TheNewsCenter | Parkersburg, West Virginia | Sports

WVU and Baylor Coaches, Players Speak at Press Conference

Baylor University Head Coach Art Briles:

"We're glad to be back in the game. The thing about these open dates
early in the season is that you feel like you're just starting and stopping and that's kind of the way we feel right now, without question.

But the good thing is that our guys are fresh, energized, and anxious,
and when you're anxious to do something then you usually have a lot of anticipation and get out there and do it. So from that standpoint, we're certainly ready to go and we certainly have a lot of respect for West Virginia. They're an extremely talented football team that seems to be playing really well, especially coming off last week."

On what he saw in West Virginia last week compared to previous weeks:

"Every game is different, of course. It's all about matchups in
football, just as it is in any sport -- how do you match up with the other
team? If you look at the two losses they have against Oklahoma and
Maryland, those are two undefeated football teams and both games were on the road. Oklahoma State came into their place, hadn't been there since 1928 and West Virginia does a great job of putting on a home crowd and a home environment and did a great job of protecting their house. They really played well Saturday on both sides of the ball."

On scoring defensive touchdowns:

"I think you can look back to West Virginia's game Saturday. Oklahoma
State's up 7-0, they've got the ball in close territory, throw a pick 6
and it's a 7-7 ball game. All of a sudden all those people that were
sitting back yawning and talking are up screaming and hollering for the next 2? hours. It just changes the whole complexion, and it's done it for us."

On Ahmad Dixon situation:

"It doesn't have an effect on us this week. We knew about it before the
ULM game. We took all the facts and information we had at that time and evaluated it. We made a decision and the decision was we were going to move forward and that's what we've done. He's remorseful and he was in a situation he shouldn't have been in but it's old news to us now."

On West Virginia using 3 different QB's and not knowing who will
start:

"They're all different and they've all had their ups and downs. I
thought that Trickett the other day gave them a spark and I thought he
was accurate in his plays. Our job is to do what our job is and that's
what our defense will do."

Bryce Petty, Baylor University QB

On having one game in 27 days:

"I have never thought about it that way. That's a lot of days off. I
think our guys have just done a really good job with their focus. When
you put it in that perspective, there are a lot of days in that span
that you can lose focus and get away from our goal of being Big 12
Champs. A lot of praise goes to Coach Briles and his staff for keeping
us high energy and high focus. The players as well for doing a great job of staying with that."

On scoring 63 points and losing last year and how they will approach
the game this year:

"You never want to think of football as a revenge type of game. We are
ready to go out there. Even though we did score 63 points last year,
there were still points left out there. As a team a couple things just
didn't go our way, but I thought we played really well being in that
atmosphere. Opening up Big 12 at home against them, it needs to be a win for us for sure."

On having chrome helmets:

"Bring the bling. I think that is what they are saying. It will be
alive. I am excited for our guys. One game in 27 days. We are ready to go again."

On uniform changes:

"We were talking about this in the weight room yesterday about
motivation external and internal motivation. You always want to look
good. It's that saying look good, feel good, play good. It always helps
to spice it up if you will. Does it affect us going out there and
playing harder because we are wearing chrome helmets? No. But it does add to the atmosphere and the hype for us going out to know we look good so let's play good."

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor University RB

On the upcoming game against West Virginia:

"We're going to play them like we do everybody else. Everybody's a
threat. We're going to treat them like a threat, and we're going to win
games."

On the offense:
"We move as far as the O-line goes. If they're pushing everybody out of
the way, it's going to be a good day for us."

On this being the first Big 12 game:

"We're not hyping it up. We're going in it like every other week, just
another team, treat them as a threat. We're going to practice hard and
work hard and hopefully get the results that we want."

Chris McAllister, Baylor University DE

On the defense:

"On defense, you don't get the ball too often, so when you get it you
try to make the most of it. I joke around with the guys and tell them
you know there's only one place to take it when you get the ball, and
that's to the end zone."

On the defensive ends:

"We feel like as a group we could be one of the best units on the team. We know that we're capable of making a lot of plays. You know we're striving to get better every day."

Troy Baker, Baylor University OL

On possibly playing Saturday:

"As far as how I feel, I feel great. Everything is starting to pay off.
It was something that I had to be patient with. As far as this weekend
goes, it all depends on practice. I've got to keep proving myself to not
only me but the coaches. I need to show them that I'm getting back to
where I was. I just need to keep making strides and pick the little
things back up. I have to get comfortable with all the things that I did
last year. I'm not going to say anything specific because I honestly
don't know, but I'm getting real close. It's all coming together
finally."

On his recovery from ACL surgery in April:
"It's been a very long road and a long summer. The way I looked at it
was that my season started April 4 when I had surgery. I won't get a
break until January. I'm still rehabbing now with more of a maintenance program, so I'm still in the training room a lot. I'm making sure that I keep making my knee stronger and staying on top of it. After everything this summer, it's nice to see all the hard work pay off."

Glasco Martin, Baylor University RB

On playing Saturday:

"I feel like I'm better than I have been in those previous weeks. I
felt really good during the bye week. We're just going to see how I look
in practice this week and play it by ear. I thank God for the bye weeks
because they pretty much saved my season. I would've missed five or six games by now. I'm just really happy that we had the bye weeks when we did."

On opening the Big 12 Conference play:

"It's exciting. There's a lot of buzz around campus, and they're
excited for this game. I can't wait to play."

Terrance Lloyd, Baylor University DE

On the difference of the defensive line since he arrived five years
ago:

"The difference is that we have a lot of depth on the team. Playing
defensive end, I think our second string guys Shawn Oakman and Jamal Palmer coming in are great for us. They're fast, they're physical and they play hard for us. Those guys give us time on the sideline to
recover then we give them the time to recover when we play."

On playing alongside Chris McAllister:
"It's great. On the other side of the field just communicating with him
helps. I know what I want him to do and what he wants me to do. We try to feed off of each other like that and compete with each other as much as we can."

Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator) Keith Patterson

On the goal line stand against Oklahoma State:

"I think at the end of the year we will look back and see the
significance of it. It shows a lot about the character of our young men
and the pride and the passion they played with. The effort was possibly the best it has been all year long, and I've been impressed with the effort that they have been giving all year long."

On what the defense has this year that it was lacking last year:

"I've said this all along - I don't spend any time looking in the
rear-view mirror. I can tell you what they have though. They have
character and discipline. They have a physical toughness and mental
toughness to them. On that goal-line stand, we just held them on
third-and-six, there's a facemask call and they move the ball half the
distance. Then we hold them again. We held them twice inside the 10
which was the best part of the game for me."

On the toughness of the defense this year:

"The acronym that we've been rallying around since January has been
T.E.A.M. When you think about West Virginia and the people that have
played before, and the teams that have come, the one thing that you can say is that they were tough. Our kids today show not only physical
toughness, but mental toughness. I think it showed up in the second half of the Maryland game. Someone told me that even though we were down 30 points, we were playing like it was the second half of the Super Bowl. That toughness is something we've harped on since January. We are going to play with a physical and mental toughness."

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Shaq Rowell

On facing Baylor's prolific offense:

"It makes us realize that we have to get a lot more pressure than in
previous weeks. If we don't, it'll just be a rerun of last year. They
have a great scheme. We can't pick up what they're doing compared to all the other Big 12 teams. It looks the same, but it isn't. Their tempo is different, and their players are different. I think they are the fastest team, not just in tempo, but all around the board, from the offensive line, to the quarterback, to the receivers - these guys are well
coached. They're great players, they move fast and they don't make
mistakes. I think that's the biggest thing - we can't make mistakes
against these guys."

On why this year's game will be different to last year's shootout

"Because I'm a senior. It's my last time here, and I'm just going to sell
out and give it my all."

On his downfield tackle against Oklahoma State

"It's just a matter of wanting it. This year's team wants it. I was just
reacting to the play. When I watched the film, I didn't realize what I
did until the game was over and I watched the film. It was a team play.
It?s no big play, and as a team we want that to be a routine play."

On how he's developed as a team leader

"It's just something that's happened. It's not something I've been trying
to do. I'm just being Shaq. I know that on this team right now, there's
no better leader than me. As far as mentality goes, I'm the oldest on
the team. I've been through the most. I'm one of the last JUCO guys left that was recruited from my class. It's just about who wants it the most. The guys know how hungry I am and how determined we are to win. I got those guys on defense to follow me, and that's all we need."

Junior linebacker Jared Barber

On transitioning from the win against Oklahoma State to traveling to
Baylor:

"It was definitely a big win Saturday. We definitely needed that
following Maryland. It's a new week, it's Baylor, it's a tough team.
(They're) definitely good offensively. We still haveshoulder, and people still are not giving us much respect. I think we are a four-touchdown underdog. We just have to go out and play hard."

On keeping pace with Baylor's fast-paced offense:

"We just have to get back to the ball, line up, get the call and keep
everything in front of you. They are going to take some shots down the
field. We need to play hard and play fast in order to slow them down."

On if he sees another shootout happening against Baylor similar to last year:

"Absolutely not. We don't care about how many points they've scored. Just like every time we play, we are going for a shutout. They take shots down the field, and a lot of the pass defenses have played man against them - the wide receivers would just run right past the corners. We have to get a good game plan, and I think we will execute it well.'

Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator) Shannon Dawson:

On who was playing quarterback in practice:

"Ford can't throw. We have one healthy quarterback and one sort of
healthy one. We will see by the end of the week. We are going to rep the ones that are healthy, and see what we can do on Friday.
(Redshirt-junior) Clint (Trickett) threw some today, and took some reps. The main thing is how he is feeling on Thursday and Friday."

On who has the final say if Clint can play:

"With the nature of what the injury is, it is up to the player. I am not
a trainer, though. I practice with who they tell me is not in a
redshirt. If they are not in a red shirt, they can practice. I don't
know the nature of anyone's injury. All I know is that if they are out
there, they are going to practice."

On what worked on Saturday:

"I thought that Clint played well. That is one thing that everybody can
see. I think some moving parts around him got settled as well. The
offensive line got situated with where people should be and feel at
home. (Redshirt-senior) Pat Eger is a huge leader for us, and to have
him in there with that kind of stability is good. (Redshirt-junior)
Quinton Spain feels extremely comfortable at guard. I think that we have found the proper home for people, and now we just need to rep the heck out of them."

On moving people around:

"I hope we do not have to anymore. It looks better to me, and hopefully
we can continue to improve. We are still a below average offense, let's
be honest. We have the ability to be better, but we need to get there."

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Cody Clay

On catching the ball:

"I was definitely happy to get involved in the offense in that way. It
was fun for me, and I felt like I was in high school a little bit again.
I was getting open, and they were throwing the ball to me, which is
something we have not done for a little bit. Oklahoma State was not
expecting it all, and there was another time I was open but just didn't
get the ball. It was definitely cool for me. They didn't know what to do
with it until the second half when they made some adjustments."

On role in previous games:

"We had not run that play in the previous games. I kind of just went to
get open. In the past, I was doing some routes just across the field.
Now, I am literally just going and finding an open void, and sitting
down. It is pretty easy. All I am doing is going five yards and turning
around."

On strategy of getting the ball:

"I am the first look on that play, because I am so close to Clint
already. It is a third and short play, so that is what we are doing. The
second catch was a different play, but the first and third catches were
the same. I feel like a tight end now. I am more of a moving tight end
that can catch some passes. Before, I felt comfortable blocking and not so much receiving."

Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Thompson:

On role on special teams:

"It has been a learning experience. I never really had a main role as a
punt returner, but it is just a process. I am getting more comfortable
being back there to catch punts. Now, it is about getting more reps so I can become more comfortable during returns"

"I think it is something that will continue to happen. As a receiver,
Coach (Dana) Holgorsen expects us to make big plays in crucial
situations. On that play, I made a good catch, but as soon as I caught
it, I knew I had to get lined up, because coach likes the tempo. I know
as a receiving corps, we are expected to make plays when it matters. I
feel like having more reps with Clint will build our relationship, and
knowing how each other plays will help us develop as the season goes on."

On fair catch on the three yard line:

"As soon as I caught the ball, I knew what I did was wrong. There was no question about it. I knew it was wrong, and as soon as I caught it I was mad at myself. I told Coach (Lonnie) Galloway that the reason I caught it was because I was trying to make a play in a key situation, but it backfired on me. In practice, we are working on pooch punts with just the kickers and us to make sure we do not go back when we are standing on the 10-yard line. It was one mistake that I know I will not make again. I am not worried about it, and neither is coach Galloway."

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen:

"We're moving on to Baylor. It should be a fun game in Wacoon Saturday night. When you get right down to Baylor, obviously it's about
someoffense. Knowing coach (Art) Briles and what he does offensively, and the offense they've put on the field over the course of the season, it's pretty impressive what they're doing. They're number one scoring offense in thecountry and number one in a lot of other things. They're averaging 750 yardsand 70 points."

"This dates back to the last four or five games from lastyear. They've
won seven games in a row and did it pretty impressively towards the end of the year with some pretty good wins.

"They're going to be confident and ready to go. They're coming off of a
bye week, and they're fresh and energetic. It will be a very dynamic
place to play on Saturday night.

"Defensively, they've shown a whole lot of improvement. It is about the
same guys that we faced when they were here last year. They
haven't changed a whole lot. Their personnel have not changed much.
Any time you bringback seven starters like Oklahoma State did last week on defense, they weretough. Baylor's defense is similar. They have seven or eight starters, who havetaken a bunch of snaps. Coach (Phil) Bennett has been there for a while and hasbeen speaking the same language to these guys. They created nine turnovers, and they've scored five or six times on defense. When I'm watching the tape I think, Geeze, there's another touchdown for their defense."

"I think their defense has scored more touchdowns than they've given up. They have only played three half games with their starters. We're very familiar with them, because it's the same group of coaches. They've been there for six or seven years. It's been the same offense. It's the same as what we prepared for when we went against coach Bennett at Kansas State."

"We're excited to play another Top 15 team. That's what we like to do, and we're looking forward to the challenge this week."

On playing top teams:

"We don't face one next week. The week after that though we will probably face a 6-0, Top 10-Texas Tech team. You get used to it. It won't catch us by surprise. We play well on the road. We have handled a quality opponent on the road, and obviously we didn't handle one well on the road."

"The travel won't affect us at all. Nothing that they throw at us will
surprise us. We've been in five real games, and we've handled most of them well so I think we're prepared to do it.

On changes since last year:

"They have changed some things since last year. I don't think some of the things they did with us last year were in their comfort zone. They fixed whatever problems they had that occurred. We had a good game that day. Geno (Smith) was on."

"It's just how they play. It wasn't the only high-scoring game that they
were in last year, and it wasn't our only one either. It's kind of how
they play. They're much more up-tempo than Oklahoma State. We pushed the ball last week but not as much as we did last year."

"When we played Baylor last year, you were looking at two experienced offenses that really pushed the envelope on tempo. We haven't been doing that as much, but we did it last week. We were more comfortable with it last week."

"They will do it all the time. Last week there were a lot of change of
possessions and that will be the case this week. The more possessions you have the more plays you make and the more plays you make the more opportunitiesyou have to score. High-scoring is in their nature."

"Both defenses are better. They have senior leadership. We're getting
tremendous senior leadership out of (defensive linemen) Will Clarke
and Shaq Rowell, (safety) Darwin Cook and (linebacker) Doug Rigg. That makes a difference."

"All of the freshmen we played last year aren't freshmenanymore. We don't have a revolving door at safety, when it comes to new people.We have a couple of junior college guys, (junior defensive end) Dontrill Hymanand (junior linebacker) Brandon Golson, that are rushing the quarterback at every high level."

"We have a very different dynamic than they do. They have guys who have been there for a long time, and they're a year better.'

"They had some turnover, but this is Briles' sixth year at Baylor. He's a
program builder. He does a great job of building the program,and he has had that mentality since day one there. They've improved a lot of their facilities. What it is now and what it was six years ago is night
andday, and two years from now when we go back they will have a brand new stadiumas well. You will see the one that they have and ask what's wrong with it. They're improving it for specific reasons."

"He's replacing the guys with others who have already been in the program. Robert Griffin III was replaced with (Nick) Florence, who was a fifth year senior and very experienced. When they lost a running back to the NFL, they replaced him with Terrance Williams. He leaves, and they replace him with this (Antwan) Goodley kid. They're all players who have been in the program."

"They don't quick fix it like we had to do because we didn't have the
numbers. They've got guys who have been in the program, and when
those guys leave they replace them with guys who have been sitting in
those meetings and practicing with them over the course of however many years."

On Baylor?s 27-day break:

"I wouldn't like it. I don't know how [Briles] does it. He was on staff
with me at (Texas) Tech, and we did it at Tech. He's always been better at the end of the year. He's good with kids. If they dealt with
some scrimmaging and stuff I'm not sure."

"Timing is a big deal. That's always an issue with a byeweek. You want to heal people up. I'm looking forward to our bye week next week to rejuvenate some guys. Whether it's an advantage for them, I don't know."

On WVU quarterback injuries:

"They're day to day. They didn't go on Sunday. I mentioned that yesterday. We didn't try to let them go. We didn't want them to go Sunday. We rested them up and did a bunch of treatment yesterday and today. We will see what they can do today."

"I don't know what healthy means. If they're both 100 percent right now we would probably go with (redshirt-junior quarterback) Clint(Trickett), because he did a pretty good job keeping the plays alive and hadsome savvy to him. If he?s half-speed and (redshirt-freshman quarterback) Ford(Childress) is 100 percent, it would make more sense to go with Ford. That being said, if they're both 50 percent, it would make more sense to go with(junior quarterback) Paul (Millard)."

"That's why you practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In the game of football what your percentage is day to day can make a big difference."

"We've never had a quarterback miss a game. I told Ford last week that he was the first quarterback to miss a game. He thinks he's all big and strong and tough, but he's the first one to ever miss a game."

"Opportunity arose for Clint to go out there and play the game. I lost
several years off of my life with the communication. He's a long way away from being able to operate our offense the way I want him to operate our offense. With that said, he reacted to the game well. I was glad he did. It put us in the position to win. We will evaluate those guys on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and see where they're at."

"Ford's injury is not ripped from the bone. If it's ripped from the bone
then they can do surgery or something. I'm not a doctor, I don' tknow.
His range of motion is better today than it was last week. It's not
goingto heal itself. It's going to be ripped forever. The soreness goes
away, and you just play through it. It sounds worse than it is. It really
just has toheal, and then he will be fine."

"These guys need to practice all three days this week, because we're
dealing with guys who are so inexperienced. If they can't do that all
three days. I doubt I'm going to put them in Thursday to play on
Saturday. They need the reps, and if they don't have the reps throughout the course of the week, I'm not going to feel comfortable putting them out there."

On play communication:

"It starts with learning sign language. Try to learn the sign language of
the alphabet. You can probably learn it in the course of the week.That's step one: learning the signals and what they mean."

"From there, the play has to be processed. I give [Trickett] the play and
then he has to make sure that the personnel are there, that they're lined up and communicate it to the offensive line. He has to get to the line of scrimmage, go through the cadence and relay the cadence. He may have motion or a changed snap count. He may change the play altogether, but he has no clue how to do that at this point."

"The more you do it, the easier it gets. That's what he has to improve on. That's on him. He should be better at that right now. There were times in the game when I signaled a play to him, and he looked at me like I was from outer space. That's when I threw my fits. It's just frustrating, and it'slike communicating with someone who speaks a different language. The languagethat he learned at Florida State is different from the language we teach here,obviously. It's taken him some time."

"He has to learn that and then know what to do with the ball. That is a
whole different thing. That's experience. The good news is that when he snaps the ball he reacts to the game of football and that's what good abouthim."

"It's been since day one that I knew we had to learn to communicate
better. He's been here since August first. We got to a point where we had to make a decision and just go with it. I don't think anyone would
have been happy about losing to William & Mary. He will get better with
that."

"We've been practicing that all week. We just walk by each other and do it. I had a real good one for him the other day, but hopefully you all
didn't see that one."

"It's two people communicating. I have to get better at it,and he's got
to get better at it. We've both got to get better at it. Through games
and through practices we will improve on that. It's not just getting
the signal. It's getting it and relaying it to everyone else. That's just
the job of a quarterback. We do it a little bit differently than what
Clint's used to,and we're going to adapt as coaches. He will adapt, and we will get better."

On (red shirt freshman kicker) Josh Lambert:

"He probably did so well, because I didn't yell at him. Iw ould've yelled
at him a year ago. I promised coach (Joe) DeForest that I wouldn't talk
to the kickers. He missed one. One got blocked, because a guy lined up offsides. No wonder he blocked it, I could get there if I did that.
We had penetration in the middle. They're PAT block game was the best I've everseen. (Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman) Marquis
(Lucas), bless his heart, got beat up every kick. They just got pressure
and blocked it."

"That's frustrating, but for him to be able to block that outand go out
there, and the whole PAT team to be able to just dig in and keep them
shielded and punch two or three of them through in the second half
wasbig. That means we're getting better. I did promise DeForest I wouldn't talk to the kickers, and I haven't."

On punt returns:

"I was more frustrated than you about our returns, I can assure you that. Their punter sprayed it everywhere. I don't know what their net punt was, but it wasn't nearly as good as what our net punt was. We will check that off as a win."

"(Sophomore wide receiver) Jordan (Thompson) made a mistake.He lines up on the 10, and if he backs up, he doesn't catch it. That's kind of the cardinal rule in punt return. I'll be darned if he didn't back up
seven yards and catch it. We worked on that Sunday night. We put him on the 10, and he backed up a couple times and had to get out of the way. (Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver) Ronald (Carswell) wasconfident. He's getting there, and he's catching it."

"Kick return is a different story. I think our kick returners are garbage.
If guys catch it, they run and get drilled that's the front line people.
The scheme and all of that stuff is good. Kick off return is 100 percent
timing. We have yet to find guys who can catch it and run. We had
open auditions on Sunday night. I would anticipate a couple of new people back there."

"You can't just plug people into being punt returners. The two who we've been working, we will be continuing to work with them. If we can get some yards on that we?re good. Our net punt was not a disaster. Our kick return was a disaster."

"We have about six bodies who we're working again tomorrow and then we will make a decision. I will be anxiously awaiting that. It might take us until Thursday to figure it out."


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
TheNewsCenter One Television Plaza Parkersburg, WV. 26101 304-485-4588
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 226146641 - thenewscenter.tv/a?a=226146641