Nov. 17, 2009
CB Aaron Williams
On what they’re working on for Kansas: We’re going to work on body control. Kansas has a deep threat receiver Dezmon Briscoe. We all know that the quarterback can throw the ball at any time. He scrambles a lot. We’ve got to stay on our guys when he scrambles out and make some plays.
On what defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is telling them this week: Stay focused and play hard. Take it one game at a time. Some people are talking about us looking ahead, but we’re not worried about them right now or anything like that. We’ve got to focus on Kansas, because if we don’t do our job, we’re going to be in trouble. We’re focused on one game at a time.
On being back after his injury: I feel really good. I was excited to get back. Even though it was fun cheering my teammates on, it’s even better being on the field. My blood and adrenaline were rushing, so I was really glad.
On Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe: Briscoe is a great receiver. He’s tall, strong, 6-3, heavy, can run and catch the ball real good.
On playing for the seniors: I want the seniors to come out victorious in their last game at DKR-Memorial Stadium. We’re all going to play hard for them and do whatever it takes to win.
WR Jordan Shipley
On his second senior day: Last year was kind of a funny day for me, because I didn’t really know what to expect as far as if it was going to really be my last game at home or if I was going to have another year. It’s been kind of a unique deal for me to get to go through this thing twice. The only thing you can do is cherish it, because it’s the last time.
On his legacy: For me, the thing that I’m most proud of is probably that I got to develop my faith those first couple years. I didn’t give up when it was tough, and I came back and had a lot of fun playing football here.
On the Kansas defense: On film it looks like they’ve played a significant amount of man coverage. They do a good job and get to the ball. We’re going to have to be ready to go.
On this group of seniors: I think the main thing about these seniors is that we’ve got a solid group of guys that are dedicated to this team and are dedicated to being good people. I think that goes a long way as far as guys looking up to them on the team. That’s helped us a lot, and I feel like we’ve got a great group.
On the Texas fans: It’s been such a great experience for me to get to be out there with the fans and have fun with them. I’ve had a little bit more interaction with them this year as far as talking with them after the games. They’ve been hanging around. The fun thing for us is that we travel so many fans to the away games. Last week at Baylor it almost felt like a home game because we had almost half UT fans. They’ve been great, and it’s a lot of fun to play at a place like this when you’ve got great fans.
On the emotions of senior day: Obviously it’s going to be an emotional thing. When you put so much into a program and so much into a team, when it starts to wind down it’s kind of a strange feeling. I’m sure it’s going to be a little emotional on Saturday, and I hope we can just get out there and take care of business and have a good last home game.
S Earl Thomas
On the game this Saturday: We’ve got a lot to play for this week. We’re just taking it one game at a time. We’re just creating energy every week, going out there and try to play to the best of our ability and get the job done.
On senior day: The seniors have put a lot of effort into the whole season. They’re great leaders. We underclassmen are just going to try to play up and help them win.
On the chance to clinch the Big 12 South title on Saturday: It’s never happened since I’ve been here. It just feels good to get the program back in the direction of how it used to be when VY was here. We’re just trying to get this win and see what happens after that.
On playing successful defense: I feel like defense is all about effort. Since we give great effort during practice, it carries over to the games. Even if we don’t play to our best ability, if we run to and swarm the ball we’ll get the job done.
On which seniors have influenced him the most: Sergio Kindle and (Roddrick) Muckelroy, they’re both great leaders. They’ve been around for a long time. They’ve got wisdom. They give me little tips on studying film and just tried to show me the ropes when I was younger and it helped me along the way.
LB Roddrick Muckelroy
On playing his last home game on Saturday: I’m not going to cry. It’s about going out there and having fun, really. The last home game, the fans have been good all four years I’ve been playing. Everybody’s been good to me here. It’s going to be a sad day, but I’m not going to cry.
On what the team has ahead of them: We’re guaranteed two more games. If everything keeps going our way, we can go to the Big 12 Championship. There’s a lot out there for us on the table. We know we have to continue to work. At the end of the season, we’ll tally it all up and see how it all falls.
On his knee injury: It was last week, nothing major, just a little tweak in my knee. I could have played Saturday. They kept me out to make sure everything is still working and I don’t go out there too soon and injure something more. I wanted to get out there, but I also wanted to make sure everything got healed up before I got back out there. I didn’t want to push it too soon.
On Kansas: They’ve got a lot of good players. Their record may not speak for it but they’ve got talent on offense. They can put up points. It’s a great team; they’ve got great players at wide receiver and their running back is pretty good. We’ve got to go out there and play hard.
On the opportunity to clinch the Big 12 South championship Saturday night: We’re just going out there to take care of business. After the game we can celebrate and all that. Right now, we’re focusing on getting ready for Kansas.