Defensive Coordinator Keith Patterson
On the injuries and preparation for Kansas
“That's just part of college football – injuries. We'll just plug people in at those positions, get them up to speed as fast as possible and try to win a game.
On the challenge faced with the injuries
I think I counted 15 guys on defense, who are on the injury report, and 10 of those guys are out for the season. You can't use that as an excuse. That's just football. It's a tough sport, and it's part of the game. You take our offense, for example, Mario Alford
was banged up early in the year now he steps right in. It's no different on defense. People just have to step in. I always tell the back-ups: 'you're one play away from being a starter.' You have to prepare. It may be game 11 before you get that shot to play. They have to get out there and execute. You can't use that as an excuse. No one cares.
He was banged up coming off surgery, obviously, early in the year. But he is a guy that, special teams wise, has started to contribute the last two or three games. His role will take on a whole new meaning this week.
On what the defense has had to do to make up for the injuries
It goes to the preparation way back in the season, when we made sure our second and third strings we're paying attention and taking quality reps. When situations like this happen, they can fill in and there won't be a dropoff.
On the challenges Kansas brings to the table
They're definitely a team you can't overlook. I believe they had a 14-0 lead on Texas Tech. They came out, and they were running the ball right down their throat. They're not any different than any team we've played. We can't look past them.
On the Texas game last week
You try not to look at the scoreboard. We just go out there, and we try to play. We got off the field pretty well in the first half. We didn't get off the field very well on third down in the second half, and it showed. That's what displayed on the scoreboard.
On moving into a bigger role this week
You've got to be prepared, because you're just one snap away from being called. Coach Patterson has really prepared us for situations like this.
On this week of practice
The next day we were bummed about it. But we're looking toward Kansas this week, and trying to get these victories that we need to be bowl eligible and hopefully go to a bowl game.
On the challenges Kansas presents on
They're just like every other team. We just have to play together and play with effort.
Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson
He’s not cleared yet, so we’ll see. It’s a day-to-day thing with him. We’ll let the trainers tell him. We’re not doctors.
On Kansas defense
They’re much better than last year. They’re different and more aggressive. They’re stopping the ball well. Coverage wise, they play the corners who are in my opinion pretty good players. They’re improving from last year to this year, and I think throughout this season they’re improving. They’ve been playing well the way I see it.
On effort in Texas Game
We just turned the ball over too many times. You can’t turn the ball over like that with that good of a team, and expect to win. You can say we needed to make one more play but we turned the ball over five times. That’s too many.
On family attending the game
It’s a good experience, having your family get to watch you play. It’s a good feeling. They wanted to take advantage of this year and come watch me play.
They’re a good team. They’re going to play hard every play. We’re just going to come in with our plays and execute them the best way we can. Whenever we see the opportunity we’re going to take it to get our running backs going.
We did everything we wanted to do, but we couldn’t get the ball to the right people.
Redshirt senior offensive lineman Pat Eger
On challenges against Kansas
They play extremely hard and very well together. The defensive line are physical guys. They have linebackers that target the ball very well, and they have a great secondary. Their record doesn’t portray what kind of season they’ve had. They’ve been right in there in all of their games. If we want to win this one, we’re going to have to put in the effort.
On West Virginia’s record
It’s the Big 12. Most of the games are close. It comes down to a couple plays here and a couple plays there. That’s the bottom line.
We knew Texas was going to come in and give us their all, because we went down to Austin last year and came out with a win. We knew they were coming for us. I’m so proud of the way the guys stayed in the game and played in the game. Texas just made a couple more plays for them, and they did what they needed to do. Hats off to them. That game is over. We’re preparing for Kansas. We’re going to win these next two games and go to a good bowl game. That’s all we can do now.