Oct. 30, 2012
WR Marquise Goodwin
On the offense in the win at Kansas: It always comes down to execution. Just got to go out there with the mindset of completing every pass. Getting yards on every run. We didn’t execute as well as we should have. As well as we planned to. But we finally got it rolling at the right time [and] came out with the [win].
On Texas Tech playing a lot of “man” defense: I’m actually really excited that they play a lot of man. Get a guy out there on my island, just me and him. We’ll see. The best man will win on that route. Like I said, I’m excited and I’m ready to play.
On how the Texas Tech defense has changed from last year: They’re more physical, from what I have seen on film. They’re better in technique. Just doing a lot of good things on defense. Making a lot of big stops against some really good teams. That explains why they have a better record this year. We’re both going in the game with the same record. It’s going to be a hard-fought game throughout the whole four quarters. That’s what you expect going there into Lubbock at home. They’ll have a lot of energy and be ready to play.
On sophomore QB David Ash: He’s playing well. It was just one of those times you need your team to uplift you. And it’s a team thing. It’s not all about David. It’s not all about the receivers or the running backs or the tight ends or the linemen or the defense. We all have to come together and represent each other. Help each other out. Make each other look better.
CB Carrington Byndom
On Texas Tech being better than last year: A lot of the same guys are coming back, but you can never use that as a set point. Another year has passed, and there is improvement and chemistry and things like that. All that falls into play, and we are not going to take them lightly at all.
On this match-up being a critical game in the season: It is definitely critical. The rest of these games are. We are looking to take it one game at a time, and we need to continue to try and stay on track here and that means getting another win.
On leadership: I definitely see that the leaders are stepping up and as the season goes on your leaders will emerge. Our leaders are definitely handling their role and stepping up and making sure that guys are where they need to be and doing what they need to do. The seniors are playing so great this year, and they are great examples to follow as far as work ethic and everything else on and off the field.
On his experience becoming a factor: I think it has set in a little bit. At times, I don’t think I am playing to the standard that I am capable of, but that is why there is always room for improvement. You can’t get complacent, and you can’t just settle. So each day you just have to go out there and work just as hard as the day before.
On the atmosphere in Lubbock: I played at Tech my freshman year. It is definitely rowdy down there, and their fans are really good. So it is going to be a little bit of a different atmosphere.
WR Jaxon ShipleyOn the offense’s attitude in the final minutes of a shootout game:
Whenever we get the ball down and we have two minutes or whatever, we have our fast-paced offense. We all have confidence that we can score and we can take the ball down there and get in the end zone. You have to have that mindset when you get in there because it is a do or die thing. If you don’t get that, the game is probably going to be over. Fortunately we have several times been able to go down there and score, like in this last game and like in the Oklahoma State game as well. On the rivalry between Texas-Texas Tech:
I have grown up around a lot of Texas Tech-Texas games. It is one of the games where everyone knows each other from Texas Tech or from Texas, so it is a big rivalry. I have grown up watching this game, and I kind of know what to think going into it because I have been around it. And I’ve talked to my brother [former Texas WR Jordan Shipley] about it. Last year I didn’t get the chance to play in it because I was hurt, but this year I will be lucky enough to play in my first Texas Tech-Texas rivalry. It is obviously going to be a big game, and I am excited about it. On getting a fast start:
I think we definitely need to come out and score our first drive and score our first few possessions, because I think that is big. If you get some points on the board early and you get some confidence, then you get the momentum. We have had some games where we haven’t scored as early as we needed to. Like I said, we just need to get things started this week early so that we have some momentum. On Texas Tech’s defense compared to last year:
Tech definitely has a really good defense this year, and that is something that we have watched on film already. We know that they have some really good guys. They have a really good safety [senior S Cody Davis] that is back there and leads the team in tackles. It is something that we have to look at more on film and just figure out what we need to do from there.