Oct. 11, 2011
DE Jackson Jeffcoat
On the team’s morale: Coach [Mack] Brown came and talked to us and told us that we better have that 24-hour rule. You can soak a loss for 24 hours or be hyped up for a win for 24 hours. We are bouncing back and are already looking toward Oklahoma State.
On not getting sacks: I know that sometimes you get sacks and sometimes you don’t. [Defensive coordinator/linebackers] Coach [Manny] Diaz has said that they are going to come. We are working and we have plenty of guys getting sacks though, so they are going to come. As a unit, we have been doing well and we’ve got to keep playing hard. It was a tough loss against Oklahoma, but we are bouncing back and getting ready for Oklahoma State.
On Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon: He’s a great athlete with tremendous size and great speed. You’ve got to keep him in front of you and can’t let him get behind you.
On Oklahoma’s prolific offense: It’s tough because we came into the season trying to not allow anyone to get more points than our offense scores. That was tough, but we have to re-evaluate and get back to practice and working hard. We are looking straight at Oklahoma State now.
WR Jaxon Shipley
On his mindset after the loss: Today we have had a great day of practice to start a good week. We are very focused, and we have been in there watching film trying to correct all the mistakes we had this last week.
On Oklahoma State’s defense: They have a great defense. I think they are young, but they have proven themselves so far. We need to come out and start the game fast.
On Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon: He’s incredible. He is one of those guys who is a ball hawk. He is going to go up and get the ball. I have watched him for the last couple of years. He’s one of those truly great receivers.
On playing against Oklahoma’s defense: Oklahoma had so much speed that, for me, that was the game that kind of showed me what college football was all about. The Red River Rivalry is something that is such a big game, and I think I will be ready for Oklahoma State because that got me used to it.
RB Malcolm Brown
On his personal expectations and the team’s expectations: All of the players have certain roles. I’m just looking to provide for the team as much as I can - not try to do too much, not get any negative plays.
On his relationship with RB Foswhitt “Fozzy” Whittaker: Fozzy’s become like a big brother to me. He’s a great mentor [and] one of the coolest guys I’ve met in my life, honestly. He’s helped me out tremendously - through the recruiting process, through the summer, and [he’s] still helping me out now. Fozzy’s a great guy.
On if it surprised him that Fozzy was so willing to help him out: It did. At first it did surprise me, because sometimes the seniors won’t really communicate with the freshman that much. But he’s helped me out. One day I would like to help out freshman like that because that’s a good deed. He wants to see us succeed, and I can tell he wants that.
On the morale of the team right now: Right now, we’re trying to refocus. We didn’t have too good of a game last week. You just see everybody focusing a little bit more. We’re not letting that last game get to us. Everybody’s just refocusing, and we’re doing a good job with that.
On if the RBs complement each other on the field: Definitely. And it’s not just me and Fozzy. We have Cody [Johnson]. We have D.J. [Monroe]. We have our fullbacks, [ Jamison] Berryhill, and our freshman, Joe [Bergeron] also. We all have our own style and you can put any of us in the game, any of those running backs in the game, and we can contribute in some type of way.
On if he learned from the fast tempo of the Oklahoma game: Definitely. Those guys played really great. They played real fast. We practice against our defense, and our practices got me ready for that. So that wasn’t a huge surprise, but they played great that day. It was a little faster, but we’ve just got to move on from that game and refocus.