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Know your enemy: Baylor postpractice quotes and RGIII video

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm with No Comments »
December 25, 2011 6:22 pm

Baylor practiced today and had media availability. Here’s a transcript of some of the postpractice interviews. Here’s a link with video for all of the interviews and other notes from BaylorBears.com.

Head coach Art Briles …

Opening statements…
Merry Christmas! It feels great to be back on the field and around all the players again. We are happy to be in San Antonio and we are excited about the game on Thursday, it is going to be a great matchup against Washington.
On how his team looked at practice…
We were all on time and ready to go this morning and that’s really all you can ask for. What we really have to do is stay hungry. We don’t really feel like we’ve arrived yet, because we are still trying to prove ourselves on the field.
On their demeanor compared to last year’s bowl game…
Last year we went to a bowl game after not finishing the year strongly, this year we are coming into the Valero Alamo Bowl after finishing really strongly, so it is a whole different mentality. Our level of expectation is completely different this year and now we have to quit talking and start chalking. Let’s put it on the board and play.
On the balance between having fun and preparing for the game…
The fun comes when we are together and little things like putting music on at practice. We understand that we have a mission and we have been given and opportunity to come through on that mission. So getting better is fun for us.
On Robert Griffin III coming off the Heisman Tour…
Robert is a guy you don’t have to worry about. He is glad to be back to some type of normalcy, because it was a pretty hectic week. But we will take hectic every year if we can. It was a great thrill and honor for both Griffin III and Baylor University Football Team.
On Tevin Elliott being injured…
Tevin being injured does effect the rest of the team. He has a spark, so when he is gone, that spark is taken away. He makes plays and has a good instinct, so him being out is a concern. He is a big time player that make big time plays, but that’s why we have a lot of guys on the team. So they have to be ready to go and step in.
On the Washington Huskies…
Washington is a good football team. They are aggressive offensively, and run the ball well with Chris Polk. They are dangerous with the quarterback, Keith Price. Defensively, they play with a lot of attitude and a tough demeanor. Thursday is going to be a war. Washington wouldn’t be playing in the Valero Alamo Bowl if they weren’t any good.
Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III
On being back at practice…
Someone said my smile was back, because it feels good to be back out here with my team playing football. I’m excited to be here in San Antonio to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
On the last few weeks…
It’s been pretty crazy. When great things happen, people want to talk to you. It is bringing a lot of attention to Baylor, that’s the way I look at it. If I was doing all this just for myself, I would have quit a long time ago.
On the team’s work ethic…
We are lot more focused this year, compared to last year’s bowl game. That shows on the practice field, because we came out here and had a great practice today. We are looking to go out and get a victory, so we are willing to do whatever we have to. We play like we have nothing to lose, that’s why we’ve been on the winning streak and we are going to continue to do that.
On practicing on Christmas…
We had a team prayer after practice and I told them that I couldn’t be out here with a better group of guys. They are my family, so I don’t mind being out here with them on Christmas. We haven’t gotten any gifts yet, but I think we will get a big gift on Dec. 29th.
Baylor Linebacker Elliot Coffey
On preparing for Washington…
Washington has a great running back and a great quarterback. They also have a big tight end and a very active offensive line. We understand the tendency to run the same play with different personnel, so we have to make sure we won’t get psyched out and know it’s the same play.
On playing in front of a full house at the Alamodome…
It is excited to not only play in a game this big, but to sell it to capacity. We are all excited to play in front of a heavy amount of Baylor fans and show them what we have. Even though our home crowd is usually only 40,000, they are very loud and they sound like 80,000. So, I don’t think it will be much different playing in front of 65,000.
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