Tracking the Longhorns: Nov. 2
Nov. 2, 2010
Tight ends coach Bruce Chambers
On his memories of Coach Snyder (having played for him at North Texas): He was a guy that paid attention to detail - very organized. He wanted that out of us. If you stepped wrong he made you go back and do it again. He's a guy that every play he felt like you needed to finish it a hundred miles an hour. He wanted you to do everything the same way every single time to the best of your ability.
On if he ever thought he'd coach against Coach Snyder: I really didn't. Then when I was a high school coach I took my staff up there and visited with him. Now obviously having the opportunity to go back and play again, I enjoy every time we play against him. For me it gives me the opportunity to see him again. Every time I see him he has a little tidbit of wisdom.
On Coach Snyder's longevity: I expect that. What I know of him, thinking back, I know he loves football. He loves everything there is about football. A quick little funny story - we would go in after practice and we had a little 16-millimeter reel. We used to count how many times he'd run a play back [to review]. He'd have a manager stationed by the light switch, because he would run it back like 60 or 65 times. Some guys would fall asleep and he'd call the manager's name and [the manager would] flip the light on and [Coach Snyder] would turn around to see who was asleep during the meeting. If you were asleep he'd make you stand up. I never had to stand up during a meeting.
RB Fozzy Whittaker
On the red zone offense: We definitely have to convert and score touchdowns. We've been kicking too many field goals. They brought up the statistic that we've been in the red zone almost as many times as we were last year - just two less than we were last year. The difference is last year's team was able to convert and get touchdowns where this year we haven't made nearly as many touchdowns. We put a lot of emphasis on working and getting touchdowns in the red zone.
On playing well on the road: It's one of those deals where it does seem weird where we play well on the road. Hopefully we're able to continue that and continue that on through the following weeks. Especially whenever we go to a place where the fans are very involved. It's a sense of only us believing in ourselves and having our own backs.
On where the team is mentally: We just have to continue to believe in each other. We know we have all the talent and ability and the coaching and all the pieces to make it all work. We just have to do it and just believe that we can do it.
On the spread offense: It always happens whenever we get behind, and we'll have to go get in the [shot]gun to save time or get down the field a little bit faster. In a lot of those games we played we haven't been able to line up and run it like we did against Rice.
LB Keenan Robinson
On Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas: He is a big athlete, and he can move. So he is a guy that is shifty, but he is also a big guy so he can run you over. He is a very versatile back. He is a good player. I have watched film and seen some things that he can do. He can catch, block, and get down field in the slot and run some option routes.
On playing in Manhattan: It is always a tough environment to play in. It is cold. Obviously an away trip can be hard on you, but it's cold. It is probably going to be around 40 degrees when we play. It might be snowing, so any kind of weather conditions can add a wrinkle to the game.
On why the Longhorns have fared better on the road this year than they have at home: I do not know why that is. We play just as hard on the road as we do at home. So, I cannot tell you what it is, but whatever environment we play in, we are going to play hard. We are just going to play hard during this game on the road and hopefully come away with a victory.
WR John Chiles
On why the Longhorns have fared better on the road this year than they have at home: I think we just pull together a little bit better on the road. It's an "Us vs. The World" type of environment. I guess we just pull together a bit more.
S Christian Scott
On playing in Manhattan: I have heard that it is tough, but a fun place to play. We are just preparing for it to be that way. We are excited about going. We are always looking forward to playing on the road.
On positives that have come from the season's losses: We have all gotten a little closer throughout the year because things have not been going the way we want [them] to go, but we have been pulling together, and it has made practice more exciting. We are fired up. We try to play with intensity and things like that.
On what makes a good kick returner: I would have to say fielding the ball, of course. You have to have good vision, be explosive, and find holes that are hidden.
On Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas: He is a phenomenal athlete. He is big, fast, explosive, and strong. That is what mainly stands out. He is just really athletic. On what the defense needs to do this weekend: We just have to follow the game plan. Coach Muschamp and the defensive coaches are going to have us in the best position to make plays on [Kansas State], and we just need to finish plays, make tackles, and play hard.