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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY MEDIA CONFERENCE
November 10, 2014
Q.¬† Coach, do you feel like this bye week came at a good time to allow you to rest up and regroup so to speak?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I hope so.¬† With the injuries to the quarterbacks, I think it helped us to try to get those guys back healthy and get some more reps for our young guys.
Q.¬† Do you have a status update on Patrick Mahome's and Davis Webb, please?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I hope they'll both being back.¬† We'll see how it goes this week, but I hope to have them both available for the game on Saturday.
Q.¬† Did Davis practice last week?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Not too much.¬† He's still been trying to get over that ankle, so we'll see how it feels for him this week.
Q.¬† Did they give you any ideas of tendon or anything?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I just knew it was a sprain.
Q.¬† Last Saturday, would he have been able to play if you had a need for him to play?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I'm not sure really.¬† We didn't have one so we didn't push it.
Q.¬† How much did Patrick (No microphone)?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Probably 80% of what we did.
Q.¬† Can you talk about what likely will be a lot of rushing from Oklahoma?¬† What is the team working on to try to really stiffen up?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† We struggled against the run.¬† That's no secret here for the last few years.¬† So you know they've got a great front, great backs.¬† The quarterbacks have done a good job running the football.¬† So it will be a tough challenge.¬† We tried to get ahead a little bit last week on scheme and things of that nature that OU's doing to try and help us with this week.¬† We've got to man up and play better defense; that is the bottom line.
Q.¬† You want your receivers to take that next step, kind of all year long.¬† I guess, how do you feel about during the bye week where those guys are?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yeah, not bad.¬† Marquez has been solid all year.¬† He's been the one constant, and the other guys have been hot and cold.¬† We've got to get more consistency at all the other positions really.¬† I've been proud of Ian Sadler's development.¬† I think for a young guy he's really stepped up, but the rest of them got to keep coming.
Q.¬† Did you watch the OU‑Baylor game on Saturday just on TV?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† A little bit of it. ¬†We had practice, but I watched some of the first quarter.¬† That was it.¬† I watched the tape, but not the TV game.
Q.¬† What do they do best that kind of concerns you and where do you feel like you'll take advantage of it?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I think they're very attacking.¬† Striker is a guy who everybody has had a hard time blocking.¬† Their front is good.¬† They take away from of the inside runs you like to do.¬† Really they played great defense all year.¬† I think this Saturday was kind of the exception, and the game kind of got away from them a little bit, but Baylor's offense will do that to you, obviously, so not a lot of weak spots.¬† We had to protect the football, first and foremost.¬† Then be physical, because they're a physical group.
Q.¬† Is it tough for you to watch the Arizona State team that you all beat in December be up where it is now?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† No, they're completely different teams.¬† Each team lost or gained different players, so it's different.¬† When you're 3‑6, I think you worry about yourself and trying to get out of that hole.
Q.¬† The receivers at Oklahoma, do you expect them to come up like some of the other teams have done and press you guys?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† We'll see.¬† We don't have that speed that Baylor does.¬† So we'll see what approach they take, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Q.¬† Now that it's a big weapon in return games, will you scheme to try to take it away from him?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I hope so.¬† I don't think we'll intentionally try to get the ball to him.¬† So he's tremendous and he's really good in the back field as well.¬† I think they put him as a running back.¬† He's great at going downhill, lots of speed, so we'd like to limit his touches as much as possible.
Q.¬† What can you do to help DeAndre to get the running game going a little more?¬† Is that having some early success with the passing?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† You know, I think he's done a good job this year.¬† The last couple games the way it's gone and gotten out of hand.¬† We've gone away from the running game and that's what's going to happen when you get down that much early.¬† But, no, we'll do what we do.¬† Just run our offense.
Q.¬† Will you change any defensive schemes if Trevor Knight is not playing?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† With his run threat I think schematically you have to count for that going in.¬† We'll see if he plays or not, but the other guy they put in I'm sure will be able to do similar things.¬† But Trevor is a tremendous athlete.¬† You definitely have to count for him.
Q.¬† What is the mentality of the offense going in as far as counting the numbers and going and checking with the play from there?¬† With the way DeAndre's played, the offensive lines have played pretty well too.¬† Do you maybe take some of those and just run them?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yeah, we've done that with these young quarterbacks starting.¬† We've been force feeding him and he's been breaking some tackles and running the ball well against some boxes that aren't really good for the run.¬† So you've got to give him a lot of credit.¬† But when you're playing young quarterbacks, you're not always going to get the best looks, so you've just got to live with it.¬† So we've been doing some of that.
Q.¬† What have you talked to the guys about as far as playing for those seniors?¬† Obviously, probably very emotional for them.
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yeah, it's everything.¬† Last time for them playing in Jones Stadium, and that's what it's about.¬† I know those guys will be ready because it's their last one, and everybody else needs to step up and match their intensity.
Q.¬† Do you remember some of your emotions when you lined up against the crimson and cream?¬† Obviously it's somewhat of a rivalry game.¬† Can you talk about your emotions on a Senior Day?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Anytime you play one of these games against an opponent you've played all four years, you're going to be fired up.¬† Senior Day is always special knowing it's the last time you play in front of the best fans in America.
Q.¬† When will you know which quarterback is going to play Saturday?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† At kickoff.
Q.¬† Did Testaverde get warm‑ups with the first team this past week in prep?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Very similar reps to the week before, but early in the week he did get some reps with the ones.
Q.¬† Coach, you know the fast pace offense.¬† Do you change that a little bit and go to more of a huddle offense with these young quarterbacks?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yeah, you saw what we did the last game having the huddle and actually bringing him over to the sidelines some to give instructions.¬† You've got to adapt your personnel and we'll see where it goes.
Q.¬† What is Domonique's status?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† He's the same as it has been.¬† He won't be up this week.
Q.¬† He's not on the roster?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yeah, he's been removed from the roster.
Q.¬† I also see D.J. Polite‑Bray (No microphone)?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yes, he's been working some on defense at cornerback.
Q.¬† When did you move him there?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Last week.
Q.¬† Coach have you paid at all attention to the College Football Playoff?¬† Any thought about how that's gone so far?¬† Has it been what you thought?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I really haven't.¬† Like I said, we're 3‑6 and worried about the next game.¬† So I haven't paid much attention.¬† I'm sure it will be a great argument at the end of the year, but, no, I haven't kept up with it much.
Q.¬† Regardless of what scheme Oklahoma brings into this weekend, do you think Mike Smith and his defense will be ready to go?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† I hope so.¬† I hope this week recharged them and they got to get back to the basics.¬† Effort has been good, we've just got to clean a lot of things up.¬† And Coach Heupel does a great job over there schematically each week attacking defenses, so they'll have new wrinkles, and we've got to be prepared for them.
Q.¬† Coach, it had to be frustrating going with your third‑string quarterback.¬† Do you come in with three different game plans?¬† How do you approach that?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Yeah, we had a plan in place; it just wasn't the one we wanted to operate.¬† It was a base plan that a third‑string, true‑freshman quarterback can handle.¬† That's what we'll have in place again.¬† We'll have plays that he likes and is comfortable with.¬† If we get to him, we'll just have to do a better job operating.
Q.¬† Has he expanded since he's gotten more reps?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Definitely.¬† He's definitely more comfortable.¬† He got second team reps the week before.¬† So that had helped him.¬† I was proud of the way he handled himself.¬† But it wasn't good enough to win, and we have to work on that.
Q.¬† How has D.J. taken to the switch on offense and defense?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† He's excited about it.¬† He's got some speed that we need over there on that secondary.¬† So he's excited about a future there, and we'll see how it goes the rest of the year.
Q.¬† Did you switch him over because of the lack of depth, or what was the reason for moving him to defense?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† A little bit I would say.¬† Some of that, and some D.J. had an interest since he's been here of playing defense.¬† So we felt like with the remaining three games in the bye week, it was an opportune time to move him over and see what he can do over there.
Q.¬† Is Kenny Williams going to stay more on offense then?
COACH KINGSBURY: ¬†He will.¬† He'll play more running back and lots of special teams.
Q.¬† Looking back would you rather have seen him stay on offense from the beginning of the season?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† No, I think it was a deal where we saw a need there and he filled a need for a time.¬† It worked out where he could come back over.¬† So I think it played out the way it should have.
Q.¬† Are you going to get Demetrius Alston back this week?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† We're not sure.¬† He'll be a game‑time decision, but he's getting close.
Q.¬† What about Sam Atoe?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Same, same deal.¬† We'll have to see how the reps go in practice and how he feels.¬† But he's close as well.
Q.¬† How many commitments do you have this year?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† We're not sure yet.¬† Still going through the numbers.¬† There is obviously some attrition that will take place at the end of the semester that will clear that up for us.
Q.¬† Do you have any positions that you want to add?
COACH KINGSBURY:¬† Not yet.¬† I think we have to see how this semester ends and where everybody goes.
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