Tracking the Longhorns: Oct. 9
LB SCOTT DERRY
On not causing any turnovers against Oklahoma: We had a few chances in the game. There were a couple of tipped balls and usually when you are being physical in a game like that, balls are popping loose. Ryan Palmer hit the ball with his helmet one time and it happened to go out of bounds. Part of me wants to say we’re not getting good breaks, but at the same time we do need to force more turnovers and have that be our mentality going into a game. Approaching this week, that is going to be one of our focal points.
On if there is a different mentality with the defense: I don’t think there is any different mentality. We’re still a physical defense and the game against Oklahoma was one of the most physical games I have ever been involved with. I just think that it is the fact that we need to get more hands on balls and it’s more of a mentality and more of a focus for us this week.
On all the ranked teams losing this year in college football: There is so much parody right now in college football. It’s everywhere. I think it has to be week by week and we can’t look ahead. It doesn’t matter who we are playing. It just goes to show you that you have to play that team that week and nothing else matters.
WR NATE JONES
On replacing Limas Sweed: You know we are going to miss him because he was our deep threat on our offense and he has made some tremendous plays for us this year and last year. A guy like that is hard to replace because he gets doubled team and leaves guys open to have one-on-one match-ups. So to have him gone is going to be hard for us to bounce back, but we have to do it. We have to continue to move on and just make sure the offense is going in the right direction.
On already having experience being short-handed at the WR position: Starting from the beginning of the season, we’ve had people out. It just gets our minds ready for what is going to happen this Saturday and how the rotation is going to be. We have to make sure we rotate guys, make sure we keep our legs fresh and make sure everybody stays hydrated. We can’t afford to have another guy go down. We have to keep this offense moving and continue to keep doing what we’re doing.
On who will replace Limas Sweed: Quan and I know the Limas’ position really well. I played there over the past three years and Quan learned it this year during two-a-days. We’re going to be moving back and forth and Quan and I will be rotating in and out. We just have to make sure that everything Colt [McCoy] gives us, we have to respond to it. We have to make sure that we’re on the right path on that side of the ball with all the blitzes that probably will be coming.
CB BRANDON FOSTER
On if it's difficult having QB Bret Meyer be so versatile: Anytime a quarterback is mobile it makes your job even harder, because the receivers can get open again, even if you had them covered the first time. With a mobile quarterback it's going to be difficult covering those guys twice.
On getting a lot of pressure on Meyer last year and doing it again: Our front four do a great job of getting pressure on the quarterback and I'm pretty sure they're going to be fired up. We tell them all the time, the quicker they can get back there the easier our job is. So it will definitely be a plus for us if they're able to get pressure on him.
On not getting more turnovers: It's frustrating at times, but the ball will start falling in our hands sooner or later. We just have to keep getting at it, get our hands on some balls and it will start falling our way. Every week we try to focus on making sure we're trying to strip the ball or intercept it.
On losing Limas Sweed: It's a big loss. Limas is a great receiver. He was a great help for us, but times like this when he has to have surgery, all we can do is be there for him, pray for him, and hope for the best for him. He's still here supporting us.
OL CHRIS HALL
On how the season has been for him moving around to so many positions: I've really enjoyed it to be honest and anywhere that I can help the team, I am more than happy to do. If that's at a bunch of positions or no position, just whatever the coaches think and however I can help is best. I have really enjoyed it.
On Coach Mac McWhorter: He is really good about being truthful with us, about praising us, he knows when to do that, when we need to be encouraged, but he also knows when we need to be told the truth about maybe something we did on film that wasn't exactly right. Each guy is a little different about how he needs to be encouraged and Coach McWhorter does a great job with that. Coaches need to do that because each guy is a little different and everyone has a different button that needs to be pushed to get them to take it to the next level.