Tracking the Longhorns: Sept. 14
Sept. 14, 2010
RB Fozzy Whittaker
On how his mindset is different this season: I have had the same mindset going into every season--always staying hungry, always working hard to be the best, and always trying to help my team in any way possible. Now that I am healthy, I have just continued to have that same mindset - just to give our team more wins.
On whether it matters to him if he starts: It really doesn't. Whenever my number is called, I just try to help the offense in any way that I can.
On whether his preparation will change now that he is starting this weekend: No, we all prepare as if we are the starter. We all have to take on the role that any of us can be in on any play at any time. So we all have to prepare the same way.
On the offensive line: The offensive line is blocking great, so all I have to do is basically hit the holes that they create for me. They do all the hard work and make it easy for backs like me, Cody [Johnson], and Tre' [Newton] to make the yards. So that is how we try to reward them.
DT Kheeston Randall
On whether they will have to prepare harder for this game than the previous two: I feel like we prepare hard for every team, no matter who it is. Like Coach Brown says, the only promise is the next game, so we just go out hard no matter who we are playing. We just want to put forth a great performance.
On freshman DE Jackson Jeffcoat: He came in with a different kind of skill set that was a little bit more advanced than most freshmen when they come in. That speaks to his dad, who played in the NFL. He has his head on right. He listens to the older guys and is just a really humble kid.
On the first true road game of the season: It is going to be great. When you are away from home, all you have are your teammates--the guy to the left and to the right of you. It just brings you closer together. It is a fun environment.
On what he expects to see from Texas Tech's offense: Honestly, I am just expecting the same explosive Texas Tech offense that I have been seeing for the past two years, and I am just excited to play against them. It is always fun when we play Tech. We know they are going to air it up and mix up a little bit of run. I like to rush the passer, so it is always fun.
WR James Kirkendoll
On Texas Tech's fans: It's a big college town, so most of the crowd is going to be students. They bring a lot of energy. That's going to carry to the team. We just have to match them and have more energy.
On the team's leadership: Guys like me, some of the seniors on defense and offense have to pull together and lead the younger guys. We know what it's like. It's different when you're playing on the road in big games like this. Everybody's got to step up the plate and do their part.
DE Jackson Jeffcoat
On trying to stop Texas Tech's offense: We're just going to have to get pressure on the quarterback and play a sound game.
On his first two games in college against Rice and Wyoming: It's been fun playing with all of the older guys. They've all brought me in and helped me out. We haven't played our best, but we're planning on coming out and playing a great game against Tech.
On starting Big 12 play this early: I've looked forward to playing in the Big 12, so I'm very excited to get started already.
On gaining experience: I'm definitely gaining experience. Those older guys are helping me out. They help me out when I make a mistake or something like that.
On what he needs to improve: There are a lot of things I can improve on - pass rush, playing better [against] the run. There are a lot of things that the coaches have told me [about improving] my overall game.
On if the defense feels any pressure: We don't look at it that way. Our offense is great. We know they're going to come out and be great. We just come out and play the same way every game.