Fiesta Bowl defense press conference: Jan. 1
Jan. 1, 2009
DT Roy Miller
On his college career at Texas: It goes by very fast. You don't realize how fast it's going until it is your last game. It's been a long, long journey. I'm just thankful for everything I've gone through and all of the people I've been able to meet.
On comparing Texas' defense with Ohio State's defense: They have a good defense, but we feel very good about our defense also. We take a lot of pride in our defense and everything we do. We like to think we're one of the best in the country. There may be a little competition there, but we look forward to playing our best and showing how good we are.
On being a leader on the team: We're just trying to pull everything out of the guys. All year, we've been reminded to wear the hard hat and have this blue-collar mentality. We just want to pull everything out of our guys. We're going to lay it all out there. We have guys playing their last game. As a leader on the team, I would like to see everything we have been talking about come to fruition.
LB Roddrick Muckelroy
On Ohio State running back Beanie Wells: We've got some great backs in the Big 12, but not a big back with quick feet and capable of doing what he's doing. You look forward to games like this. You have to pin your ears back and just go. You live for these games like this.
CB Ryan Palmer
On defending against Ohio State's offense: I know it is going to be different for us to go against a team that mostly runs. It's going to be a challenge for us to make sure our eyes are right. We have to be ready in all cases.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR Will Muschamp
On Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor: I think when you have a young quarterback, you always have to find his comfort level. Throughout the year, they have certainly played at a high level for most of the year. They have found some things that he feels comfortable with doing. As coaches, that is your most important job - to put your kids in situations where they can be successful.
On defending against Ohio State's offense: You start with the power running game. I mean you have Beanie Wells as the seventh-leading rusher in the country. And then I think you go from there with them trying to create one-on-one situations for (Terrelle) Pryor at quarterback. They give you a variety of looks within what they do from their packages.
On defending against any surprises in Ohio State's offense: With a new young quarterback, the more practice and the more reps you get, obviously the more comfort level he is going to have with what you are doing. There will be a wrinkle or two in the game just like we will have. Anytime you have time off as coaches, you tinker with what you do and try to tweak what you do. We'll adjust in the game to what they do. The thing about bowl games when you have a lot of time off, you can chase ghosts. You have to evaluate what they have done and what you think they might do. You look at what they have done against Texas before in '05 and '06. I think you watch those games and make a judgment as a coach what you think you'll see.
DE Brian Orakpo
On going against other great college football players: You see these guys on TV all of the time. You just wonder how they are. You know how you are, so you wonder how the other great players are. Everybody is so cool. Me and James (Laurinaitis) are actually a really good friends. We texted each other this week to see what we are doing. College football is a very physical and nasty game when you are playing, but guys are guys. Everyone can get along pretty well. If I see Laurinaitis at the coin toss, I'll tell him it's go time. You have that friendly competition and you want to do the best you can for your team.
On playing in his last game at Texas: Really what's going through our minds is, "Let's just put on a show," basically. This is our last time wearing that Longhorn helmet. Let's not hold back anything. Let's just go out there and ball. Doing what we have been doing all season and not leave anything out there.