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July 20, 2005

Clint Ingram

Davin Joseph

Bob Stoops

Travis Wilson


PETER IRWIN: Coach Stoops, thank you for joining us. If you will introduce your players, please.

COACH STOOPS: Thank you. Great to be here and look forward to visiting with all you guys. I will just start off, first, just we are looking forward to 2005 year, really, our expectations will not change. We feel we have a talented and strong team coming up. We have a number of guys, when you look at the board, 16, 17 guys that have started two or more games. Many have started five or six games returning, and we are looking forward to competing again for the Big 12 championship. That's where everything starts with us, is at Oklahoma and if things go right, hopefully be in the national championship picture and have an opportunity there at the end of the year. Guys with me here today, I will start on the far end, is Travis Wilson, senior wide receiver, led our team in touchdown catches last year from Dallas, Texas. Next to him is Davin Joseph, senior offensive tackle this year, has started in our offensive line for the last three years, started as a true freshman, actually, as an offensive guard, next to him, Jammel Brown for a good number of years, and is going to be our left tackle this year. Davin Joseph is from Miami, Florida. Next to me is Clint Ingram, senior linebacker, had a great, great year for us a year ago, and Clint is from Hallsview, Texas.

PETER IRWIN: Okay, we will take questions for the coach and the players.

Q. I was just wondering how D.J. and Lewis (inaudible) at secondary?

COACH STOOPS: D.J. Wolfe and Lewis Baker have adjusted quite well. They had good springs, made a lot of progress in the spring and, you know, the two-a-day sessions, 29 practices, leading up to the first game will be a big factor for them, but they fit the positions well and really embraced them and like the changes, so I think they have an opportunity to be really solid players there.

Q. Randy Riggs, Austin America. Bob, can you give us the substance of your quarterback situation.

COACH STOOPS: Sure. Our quarterback situation for us, we are excited about it. It would be a problem if we had three guys and you didn't feel they were talented enough, and that would be a problem. These guys are all very talented, very skilled in that position, and they are hard workers. They have the respect of the teammates. They are reliable guys. They all throw the ball well. Really, they are more athletic as far as feet go than anybody we have had in the last five years, all three of them. So all of that together, we feel, in the end, that's going to be a strong position on our team. The bottom line is we haven't had enough opportunity for any one of them to earn it. Everybody wants it to be finished. We at Oklahoma have never appointed anybody in that position or any others, and for these players to respect whoever is behind the center, they need more time to earn their way on the field. Twenty-nine practices leading up to the first game is twice as many practices and scrimmages as you get in spring ball, so we will work it out, and as time goes we will find the right guy, and who makes the most positive plays and avoids the bad ones. I believe, in the end, it's going to be a good position for us.

Q. Coach, with that uncertainty at quarterback, does more pressure fall on Adrian to duplicate what he did last year, or is that just already told, that he is going to be that big a part of your offense?

COACH STOOPS: We are not going to sit here and put more pressure on Adrian. I think the most success we have had, you know, offensively, and it has been a lot because of the balance we have been able to have, that we have thrown it well, and we have run it well. I think they compliment one another, so I believe we will give Adrian more to do, involving him more in our passing game, that he will be able to handle more of that this year, it will be an advantage to us as well. Outside of that, you know, he ran the ball a good number of times a year ago. We are not going to sit there and run him 40 times a game. We are going to do our best to have the kind of balance we have had.

Q. Bob, the expectations seem to be down just a tad from how they have been for you guys the last three, four, five years. Do you like this situation you have got where a lot of people respect expecting things out of you (inaudible)?

COACH STOOPS: I don't know if it's fair to say I like it. I am a little bit disinterested in it. It doesn't really matter to me whether we are picked favorites or not. You know, we have been in both situations and we found our way in other years to championships and other years where we have been picked favorites and not been. You have to earn your way. I say it a lot, or every year, as long as they are going to let us play, it doesn't much matter. Whoever it is, they are going to earn their way and fight for it. I feel great that we have an opportunity to be in there with anybody.

Q. How tough is it going to be to replace Jamal Brown, and who is the guy you want to do it?

COACH STOOPS: Jamal was an excellent player and just improved each and every year. So to replace him, a guy like that, I believe we have guys that are capable of it and they are a lot like Jamal. They developed like him -- will they develop like him, I have to see. We moved Davin to the west side where Wes Simms was. Jamal started on the right side as a young guy when we had a left-handed quarterback, Josh Heupel, and just got comfortable there. Davin told him what to do just about pretty much every snap, didn't you, Davin? Jamal was excellent for us, and those two together were a great team over there. We feel Davin has that exceptional ability to be a left tackle and we're going to give him that opportunity, and he did a great job all through spring.

Q. Austin America. Bob, as great as your program is, and being from Austin, we have witnessed that, do you feel like your programs are invincible to take any hit in the Orange Bowl?

COACH STOOPS: Nobody is invincible, and everybody knows that. It didn't much matter the year before, Kansas State beat us and everybody said that was a recipe, this is how everyone will do it now, and we were fortunate enough to go through and win 12 football games and a Big 12 championship, so that wasn't the case. Each year is different, each team is different. I have said it a bunch of times. You earn your way every time. You are going to line up every time and nobody thinks you are invincible. That's just talk out there. I don't think it much matters. We are going to go play and compete like we always do.

Q. As far as the players, like Coach said, you have been in both situations, the hunted more than the hunter, though. Which role do you like better? Do you like the role of the favorite? Do you like being in the role of everybody is overlooking us a slight bit? What do you three guys think?

COACH STOOPS: Start with you, Travis, and work this way.

TRAVIS WILSON: It has advantages and disadvantages of being on top and have everyone come after you, but also it's great to prove people wrong and have people second-guess you, and you prove them wrong at the end of the season. It works hand-in-hand, but our motivation, our goals are all the same every year. We want the championship every year and that's all we work for. That's all we imagine in our minds and that's what we are training for. Regardless what position we are this year, bottom line is that we want to be on top at the end of the season.

DAVIN JOSEPH: I don't have too much of an opinion on that, being on top or being ranked lower or higher, it doesn't too much matter to me. I just look forward to playing the games and looking forward to the competition in this conference, being such a great conference, and trying to climb to the top and get to the championship game again.

CLINT INGRAM: We always go out and every game we treat the same. I mean, whichever team we might be playing, we treat them all the same. The way we work around Oklahoma and our tradition and pride, the way we go about doing things, it doesn't matter where we start or if we are at the top or bottom. It's always where you finish at.

Q. Davin's role, especially given the (inaudible), his role is keeping everybody straight, describing how important that is.

COACH STOOPS: Davin has been a great leader on our offensive line for the last couple of years, maybe not as a true freshman, Davin, but sophomore and junior year definitely. Davin is a very sharp young man and has a great football mind, as well as being a great student. He is a guy that, up on that front line, if we have a dummy count or a late count where he can see a blitz coming, he can see the defense, and he has a great knack for telling guys next to him whether it's center, tackle, relaying it down the line, hey, you are going here, I am going here. He sees what the defense is doing and who he needs to pick up, but also who everybody else needs to pick up. He does a great job of communicating it across the group.

Q. Mike Jones from the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Bobby, Davin mentioned that memories of the Orange Bowl had figured in some off-season motivation for some of the players. Has that been at all in the coaches' minds, and at what point do you guys say, "Forget it, that's done"?

COACH STOOPS: I don't buy into a whole lot of that. It may some to these guys on a tough, hot day, it may jump in there. We are not sitting around talking about that. You know, each year is different. We have a different team. Whether you have won it, it isn't going to help you the next year, and what you lost isn't going to help you the next year. Our guys work, and these guys will chuckle about it, but it doesn't much matter to us. The way we work, we work hard, and get ready, and win or lose, I am just not much into that false motivation or, you know what I mean, that superficial stuff. That's gone. We have to go fight our way back this year regardless of what would happen.

Q. Travis, you have had a quarterback there the past six years probably telling every player on offense what to do and be a coach on the field. Are you finding yourself now having to help coach the quarterback position or counsel some of these guys?

COACH STOOPS: Boy, I hope not.

TRAVIS WILSON: I have had to mature a little bit, and definitely going into this year not having a leader, the people look for in the quarterback position, he hasn't had as much experience. I feel I help out some of the younger guys a little bit more, make things a little more smooth, but the quarterback, they are great leaders and they know the role that they are taking over. They know what needs to be done. I mean, they are doing a great job preparing for the season coming up. They will be able to handle it their own way. I throw in my two cents now and then and try to help our team out.

Q. Bob, can you update us on Dusty's rehab? Has he been able to lift weights?

COACH STOOPS: His rehab has been excellent. The trainers told me, really, as much as three weeks ago that they felt he was two or three weeks ahead of schedule. He has been doing virtually all of the lifts. There is just -- with the muscle, there is just a certain few minor lifts that he is not able to do. All the major lifting, benching and squatting, and all the major movements that we do, he has been able to do probably 90 percent of them. Would that be right, Dav? You are in there with him, right?


COACH STOOPS: From talking to Dusty, he feels great, and I felt all along he probably would be ready right off the bat. I think he will be. That's not a definite. It will surprise me if he is not.

Q. This is for Davin. Can I get your assessment of how you felt the quarterbacks did in two-a-days, how they handle the huddle, how the guys respond to them?

DAVIN JOSEPH: Those guys are doing great. That's a big role and a big challenge, being the main guy. All of them have put in a lot of time and put in great effort. We haven't had enough time to see who will take over the spot, and that's one thing we will look forward to coming in two-a-days. Everybody has a positive attitude on offense about who is going to be the next quarterback and who is going to lead this team. It has been a lot of fun so far.

Q. Bob, have you witnessed more wrinkles having a more mobile and healthier quarterback?

COACH STOOPS: Sure. You never stay on the same path. We look for what fits what we do and what our talent is. These guys are all very capable of -- you have seen all the quarterbacks running plays, everybody else has, and we will have them, too. But we are not going to the triple option. Those guys would be more of a threat, definitely, than what we have had.

PETER IRWIN: Okay, gentlemen, if you step to the back we will let you get to the tables and take the one-on-ones. Good luck to you.

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