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Sooner Quotes On The Huskies

Bob Stoops had his weekly media luncheon on Tuesday to recap the Cincinnati game and talk about this weekend’s game against the Washington Huskies. Oklahoma’s 52-26 win over Cincinnati last weekend helped the Sooners climb up to the #3 spot in the AP Poll. Among the stars of that game was linebacker Travis Lewis who made play after play on defense. Here’s what the coach had to say about Lewis.

“He is playing very well. For a player that has not played a lot, he is really paying attention in practice and pushing himself to recognize formations and adjustments to be in the right spot. He has been doing that and making plays off of that. It is exciting to see a young guy coming on and start to figure it out. He is an excellent athlete with his size and he runs well.”

Offensively Sam Bradford put on a show with 395 passing yards and 5 touchdowns but the efforts of Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray shouldn’t be overlooked. Together they combined for 2 touchdowns, 151 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per carry. Bob Stoops sang their praises on Tuesday.

“Those two together are awesome. They complement each other so well. When I go back every week you can really see what kind of cuts Chris makes. He is so reliable and has great hands too. I was chuckling the other day watching them walk off the practice field together. They are the best of buddies. They know that it is early in the season and we are limiting their runs because it’s a 14-game season hopefully. There is no sense in wearing them out early and they are great about it. They are always ready to go. They are good teammates and humble guys. Both are coming off of knee injuries and they still feel great, which is good early in the season.”

Then there is the Washington Huskies who play the role of Oklahoma’s next opponent. The Huskies are 0-2 but according to the coach that doesn’t necessarily make them a bad football team.

“A team that is 0-2, but has played two very good football teams in Oregon and BYU. Everybody realizes that Oregon has a very good football team again as does BYU, who some people picked to possibly go undefeated. They have lost some tight games. Jake Locker, their quarterback, is an excellent athlete and quite possibly one of the best we will face all year. With his size, speed and arm, he is an outstanding athlete and everything runs through him offensively. Tyrone Willingham and his staff do a very good job. They are always very disciplined in their schemes and everything they do, so going up there on the road will be a challenge to start on the road. We are going to have a good week of practice and get ready to go up there and play a good football game.”

Player Quotes

“He’s really just another play maker. You saw it on Saturday; he went out there, played really well in his first game and just made a lot of plays for us. It just adds to the depth that we have at wide-receiver.
 
“I think it’s something that we’ve seen all summer with him. He’s made plays in the spring and the summer, even in two-a-days. He’d make plays and everyone would kind of stop like ‘Did he just do that?’ We knew it was coming.” – Sam Bradford on Ryan Broyles.

“The more tackles I make, the more confidence I gain. After the first quarter when we played Cincinnati, my confidence was soaring. On my first sack, my adrenaline shot through the roof. I felt like I was on top of the world and it just kept building.” – Travis Lewis on his growing confidence at linebacker.

 

“We can be a great defensive line and have the potential of being the best in the nation. We just have to play well and take care of our jobs.” – Jeremy Beal on the defensive line.

“One of our team goals this year is to play better on the road and win every game. We struggled on the road last year, and we realize that we can’t do that this year. We have a lot of seniors on the team that have experience and we need to be leaders and show the young guys how to do it.” – Juaquin Iglesias on Oklahoma’s mindset playing on the road.