Nov. 11, 2008
LB Roddrick Muckelroy
On today's practice: Practice went well today. We were all excited to get back out on the field and are looking forward to Saturday again to face Kansas. It's going to be a lot colder up there, but we'll be ready.
On how practice compared to last week's: Last week, the team was still hurting after the loss. But we got the win and everybody is back chipper again. We're just back on the field having a fun time, excited to play.
On whether Coach Brown brought any speakers in this week: We had special guests, some guys from the Army came out. It's Veterans Day today, so they just came out and told us they appreciate the things we do for them, as we appreciate what they do for us. Those guys go to Iraq and other places, and they say they'll be gone for like 15 months. That's a long time. I'm just happy to be a part of helping them go through what they go through. It was interesting.
On Kansas QB Todd Reesing: He's a good player. We just have to go in there and focus. I know he's fired up. We're coming to Kansas. He's going to give us his best shot, so we just have to be prepared. The kid is a great runner, so we just have to go out there, focus and execute the gameplan.
On how he will handle the cold weather: I will be wearing extra thick long sleeves because I don't like the cold.
DE Henry Melton
On containing the running threat of Kansas QB Todd Reesing: We just try to squeeze the pocket, that's what (Coach Will Muschamp) told us to do. He's going to try to escape out, but we just have to contain him inside.
On how he will handle the cold: I'm not a big fan but it's good football weather. I'm going to be all bundled up, ready to go. A couple guys are going to impress people like the [offensive] linemen. None of them will probably have long sleeves on.
On the team's mindset going into this weekend's game and the rest of the season: Right now, it's just about finishing the schedule. We're just taking it one game at a time and hopefully we can get back in the Big 12 hunt and National Championship hunt.
On Reesing avoiding pressure: He just scrambles. He's getting sacked but he's also making big plays with his feet and that's what we've got to watch out for. Some people wrapped him up and some people didn't, and that's why he got away.
On how Reesing compares to other quarterbacks they have faced: The quarterbacks we've been facing the past couple of weeks have been pretty good scramblers. We had our hands full with Baylor's quarterback [Robert Griffin] and hopefully we can contain Reesing.
OL Chris Hall
On playing in cooler temperatures Saturday in Lawrence: Because linemen are usually a little overweight for the normal person, they really like cooler temperatures. It'll be fun. It's going to be a nice atmosphere in Lawrence. I think we'll really enjoy it.
On Kansas: The Big 12 is a tough conference and anybody that you play against is a good team. Of course, it's their senior day so they want to win. It's going to be a fun atmosphere to play in.
On the team's focus right now: Mainly, we just want to focus on playing Kansas, a really good Kansas team in Lawrence in Saturday. If we do that and we play well, then we can move on from there, but that's all we're worried about.
On the team's BCS situation: All we can do is control what we can control, and so we just need to play well on Saturday.
On playing in Lawrence: They play really well at home, and you can see that with their record this year. I think in the past five years they've lost only one of their senior days. They're in their home crowd, it's going to be a really fun to play there.
LB Rashad Bobino
On the last game Texas played in Lawrence: I remember that, it was going to determine whether we were going to go to the BCS or not. It was a game that determined the first Rose Bowl, and if we would have lost that game we would have never made it to the Rose Bowl and we would have never come in as high the next year. I remember that very vividly.
On Kansas QB Todd Reesing: He's more like a Doug Flutie guy. He can make plays happen with his legs and his scrambling ability. You really have to keep pressure, but also when you have him, you have to make sure that you finish him. I saw a play when a Nebraska defensive end got a really good shot on him, he didn't go down and he ended up throwing for a 60-yard touchdown pass, so that's the type of thing he can do. He can really hurt you. He's one of those guys that can scramble around, buy time and make the big play with his big receivers.
On the importance of Saturday's game: This is going to be a big game for us and them. One, it's their senior day and also it's their chance to also get back in the Big 12 race. If they win against us, that puts them up to go against Missouri and whoever wins that game will probably go play in the Big 12 Championship, so it's a big game for them, too. It's a big game for us because we're still trying to fight and we have our hopes of getting into the Big 12 Championship game. It's a really big game for both of us because we're both trying to fight to get in the Big 12 Championship.
On playing in cold weather: I don't really worry about it. I remember at Nebraska, my first game ever of playing in the snow. I thought I was on a video game or something. It's something you see on the game with the snowflakes going down and you're breathing and the cold air comes out. Plus, I like when we wear the long white socks too, so I'm really looking forward to it. It's about time we had a cold game.