This week's installment of pullquotes is has head coach Kliff Kingsbury, WR Bradley Marquez and DT Kerry Hyder. Also at the end of this post is video of Co-DC Matt Wallerstedt and Co-OC Sonny Cumbie with their weekly press conference. If you don't take the time to listen to this, then you're doing yourself a disservice, it's really enjoyable to listen to the two of them talk. Cumbie talks about the uniforms, and how the players and the recruits loved them. It's the times, the kids like them and the coaching staff wants to continue to do this. I know that a lot of you don't like the grey or something else, but this is Kingsbury, he told you he's going to do this and it isn't going to stop. If you're pining for traditional uniforms or for things to remain the same or somewhat static then blame Kingsbury. I've been really happy with the uniforms thus far, but that's mainly because they got rid of the tramp-stamp. Also, Kingsbury doesn't care what you wear, neither days Cumbie. As Cumbie says, he just does what he's told.
Kingsbury is asked about Texas Tech being ranked, but that answer was pretty standard, that they're keeping their head down and just taking it week by week, but I did enjoy his answer about no let-down this week:
Q. A lot of the excitement and energy up after a big win like this but you don’t play another Big 12 opponent for a week, how do you carry that momentum over this week to keep the guys focused and avoid a letdown?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, there will be focus. I guess we said all along, we were picked eighth in this league. If that's not enough motivation to try to get focused, you probably shouldn't be on this team. I expect them to try to get better this week and come out and play with a lot of energy and lot of emotion like they did last week.
Being picked eighth for the year should be motivation.
Kingsbury is also asked about the penalties and it's actually maybe the most honest answer I've seen a coach give about a problematic area for the team:
Q. You’re averaging 91 yards per game in penalties so far, what are y’all doing to fix that?
COACH KINGSBURY: Great question. When I got here it was one of the biggest things I harped on and we are still about dead last in the country. We have to try something else. We escaped some games and had lots of penalties and gotten wins that way. So if we can cut those in half, we'll have a chance the rest of the way. But we have to improve on that. I don't have any answers for you right now.
Kingsbury was asked about the defense, which he doesn't talk about all that much, but he saw what we all saw, which was a really high level of play all game long:
Q. Coach, can you talk about just the defense flying around. I know you're an offensive-minded guy but just to see them grind it out for the win.
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, it was huge. You turn on the film, and the effort was just incredible. Guys sacrificing their bodies to make plays. You know, hold them on third down and fourth down. Just an incredible effort and great scheme by Coach Wallerstedt and our assistant coaches. But the effort is what jumps out at you. They play their butts off every single snap the whole night. We put on the field a ton offensively in the second half 57 plays, I think, and you'd never know it. That last rep they were going like it was the first play of the game.
On the injury front, RG Beau Carpenter is still day-to-day and everyone's favorite injured quarterback Michael Brewer is getting close:
Q. Has Michael Brewer been cleared to practice yet?
COACH KINGSBURY: He's getting close. He started throwing some. I think with that bye week coming up, we're going to try to start easing him back into practice and go from there. So I'd say within the next couple weeks he's going to resurface.
Kingsbury also made it very clear that QB Baker Mayfield is this team's starter:
Q. Given that Baker struggled a little last week and Webb came in and threw the touchdown pass, is there a little more competition between one and two or is there still a separation between the two?
COACH KINGSBURY: No, Baker's our starter. He's 3-0 as a true freshman at Texas Tech, and he did a good job reviewing the play. He had a couple of balls that were tipped that were intercepted. He had some throws that he'd like to have back. But that being said, that's a really good defense he faced. He had people in his face all night, and hung in there and kept playing tough and found a way to get the win. He'll be our starter moving forward. But like I said, we have every confidence in the world in Davis Webb as a starter as well. If he needs to come in again, he can win us a game and we'll keep approaching it that way.
Honest answer of the week #2, Kingsbury addressing not getting WR Eric Ward the ball. Kingsbury praised Ward earlier in the presser, along with the other receivers that the coaching staff acknowledges that they don't play if they don't block and they are blocking (I thought that they blocked really well the last two years too). In any event, Kingsbury said HE has to be better about getting Ward the ball:
Q. You mentioned Eric Ward – what do you attribute not being able to get him the ball the other night?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, I did a bad job getting away from the game plan. We had some things not go right and just got away from what I wanted to do. Got to find ways to get them the ball. I talked to them after the game and told them that. We're going to get you the ball; that's on me. He plays his butt off. He was open a few times and we just didn't get it to him, but he'll be back this week.
And Kingsbury is also asked about the drop of the ball by RB DeAndre Washington, saying that the players are instructed to hand the ball to the official from this point forward, but Kingsbury talked about that in this situation, not yelling and screaming at Washington was a product of he'll know that he messed up . . . less is more:
Q. They kind of alluded to that on the TV broadcast that you didn’t jump on him for it – what’s your philosophy on how to handle that type of thing?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, it's a case-by-case and player-by-player. But knowing DeAndre, the type of competitor he is, he made a mistake, and he knew it was going to be all over the country on every replay. I mean, I just think less is more at that point. The fact that he knew he made a mistake, now let's get him fired back up to go score again.
There's a lot more there, so go check it out. Up next is Marquez and Hyder. Here's Marquez talking about both QB Davis Webb and QB Baker Mayfield in the huddle:
Q. How are Webb and Mayfield different in the huddle and how they handle the offense?
BRADLEY MARQUEZ: I don't know if they're much different as far as handling the huddle. For both of them to be true freshmen they handled it like they've been there before. They're definitely confident in what they do, both of them in that aspect. They both have sense of humor and things like that. They're just having fun playing the game. They're young, and we're all enjoying playing the game. Especially once game time comes, it's all about having fun with all the working put in at practice. Once the game comes, I would say both of them. Just relax, have a good time and go out there and play.
Marquez was also asked what aspect of his game he was most pleased with on Saturday night:
Q. What play of yours were you most pleased with the other night?
BRADLEY MARQUEZ: I would say just my blocking. Both of those plays were big plays. Blocking, the catch may have been big. But credit to Davis, when the ball is thrown that good, you've just got to stick your hands up and catch it. It's not that hard. Blocking, I pride myself on that, and for those running backs, got to get them out in open space. So I enjoy helping my other teammates, you know, and the running backs be successful now. So I would say the blocking.
Hyder answers questions, and maybe this is just me, but he just doesn't seem all that comfortable answering questions or he doesn't really give you much of anything to discuss, pretty vanilla answers. That's fine, I don't really have a problem with that at all, but you can tell that he's not as talkative as Maquez or LB Micah Awe or some of the other players. In any event, Hyder is asked about Texas St.:
Q. Texas State is very different in terms of the team’s you will play the rest of the season and their offense with the option, can you just talk about defending that?
KERRY HYDER: We'll be disciplined. You know, everybody has to know their keys and has to follow them throughout the game because anytime they can bust a long one on us, you know, fit the right gap or get the pitch man or take the dive, it's definitely we have to read our keys going in.
Here's the video of Co-DC Matt Wallerstedt and Co-OC Sonny Cumbie. Again, really worth your time: