Offensive Media Session Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 01, 2014
Jay Norvell

On how he thought the wide receivers played against Louisiana Tech:
“The older kids played really well. You know, second half, I thought we all were disappointed in our execution in the second half. We didn’t play with the same tempo or the same execution, so disappointing in the second half, but the first group of kids really did good.”

On WR Sterling Shepard’s transition from the slot to being an outside guy:
“He’s getting real comfortable out there. He’s had a great summer, great off-season. You know, you just get to run more individual routes out there so you’ve got to be really clean in you cuts and set people up. But this off-season he really worked hard primarily staying outside, and it kind of opened up the door for K.J. Young to play in the slot and for (Michiah) Quick to great in the slot. It’s been a good progression for them.”

On the quarterbacks having taller wide receivers to throw to:
“We haven’t had a whole lot of big, old, tall guys like that. It’s just different throwing to them. We’ve got some taller guys, and the quarterbacks are getting used to them every day throwing to them. It’s different.”

On WR Jeffery Mead’s performance:
“One of the things with Jeffery (Mead) when we recruited him was we just felt like he was really raw. He had been a quarterback in high school. He hadn’t played wide receiver for very long time, but you could just see him flash athletically. For a big tall guy, he’s just very agile, and he’s able to run routes and spin his he hips and he’s got tremendous hands. He catches the ball like it’s a Nerf ball out there.”

On how he thought WR Durron Neal performed:
“I thought Durron (Neal) played well. I thought he played well with the things we asked him to do in the game. He ran routes well. He blocked hard on the perimeter and he’s playing with a lot more confidence. He and Shepard make a pretty good pair. They both a can run, they both have experience and they both are really competitive guys.”


Tight End Blake Bell

On how his first game at tight end went:
“It went good. It was a lot different, but I had fun with it. I was excited to go out there and actually play an actual game at tight end against defensive guys. Like I told y’all, it gets kind of old going against your own teammates, so it was fun finally getting out there and go against them.”

On how he graded his performance:
“I thought I did well. I thought I blocked really good. Obviously there are a lot of places I can get better on technique-wise and some of the things they were doing that I can get better at myself, but overall I think I did a good job.”

On what is different between practice and the game:
“Just the pace and the tempo and it’s live. A lot of times we’re going out here and it’s a scrimmage that’s live, but you’re going against different people and you don’t know what they’re doing, so just the game situation is completely different.”

On playing on special teams:
“That’s different too, but it’s another way I can help the team and help contribute, so it’s fun doing special teams. Coach (Jay) Boulware is doing a great job with us and teaching me and getting me in the right spots.”

 Wide Receiver K.J. Young

On how his first game went:

“Saturday night was a good night, but we’re looking forward to this week, moving on and getting better prepared for Tulsa. I’m looking forward to getting better.”

On how he felt making plays Saturday night:
“It was a good feeling. It was my first time out there and I was trying to do everything right and being on task. But we’re looking forward to making things right against Tulsa right now just working hard on our preparation.”

Center Ty Darlington

On how the first game went:
“There’s so much time and energy that goes into that first game and we were looking forward to it. For me personally it’s been so long since I started a first game and since I played a full football game so it’s definitely something, I don’t know if I was anxious about it, but I was anticipating and I’m glad to get it past me.”

On how they graded out:
“Pretty well. There’s definitely some things we can do better and there’s always some things in the first game that you’re going to be able to improve on. They say the biggest improvement is between the first and second games, so hopefully we intend to show that this Saturday. We were pretty clean for the most part. They threw some looks at us that were pretty strange, but we did a pretty decent job (identifying) them up and getting on the right guys and everything. We had the one penalty, but besides that we were pretty clean across the board. There’s definitely a lot to improve on. We’ve got to dominate in the run game.”

On how dominant they want the run game to be:
“Our personal goal, I believe we said last spring was 250 (yards) we really wanted to rush for a game. We didn’t hit the mark, and our yards per carry we wanted to be higher than 4.6. We want to be at least above 5.0. I think as we get settled in and more prepared and when we’re better able to predict what some of these other opponents are going to do we’ll become more dominant in the run game.”

Running Back Samaje Perine

On all three running backs getting opportunities early:
“Oh yeah, most definitely. They [the coaches] do a really good job at spreading the ball around to all three of us. We just fed off of each other. It was a really great thing all night.” 

On what the running back group needs to polish up before the Tulsa game Saturday:
“Blocking down the field when we don’t get the ball. When Trevor (Knight) gives the ball to the other receivers we just have to do a good job at going and getting the backers and backs, so they won’t make plays down the field. ” 

On what it was like to get the first college game out of the way:
“Yeah, it felt good. I really didn’t know what to expect going in to the game. But as the game progressed I just got better and better as I was out there longer. It was just all around a great time.” 

On the fact that he was the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing in a debut since 2000:
“It is [exciting] to an extent, I try not to get in to that too much, and just do what I have to do to help my team.” 

On what his mindset was when he arrived to campus:
“I just wanted to go out and do what I could do for my team, and be the best I could be.” 

On the pace of the college game compared to high school:
“It is a lot faster. I feel like Coach (Cale) Gundy, along with [going against] our defense in practice with a high level of intensity prepared us well for what we had ahead in the games.”


Offensive Tackle Tyrus Thompson

On going up against the same guys on Tulsa’s defensive line:
“Repetition is always helpful in anything you do in life. You know, you’re raising kids, for example. I have two kids and so I know a little bit about that. Once you’ve started raising the first one it’s kind of repetition again with the second one. It’s a little easier. It’s just like that in life.”

On how he has seen the offensive mentality change:
“I think we’re a lot tougher, specifically in the front. I think we take a lot of pride in running the ball. I’m proud of the group of guys that we have in this locker room. We’ve got a lot of improvement to do but just really excited to see where we take it from here.”

On the evolution of Oklahoma running backs:
“We’ve got three big boys back there; that’s for sure. Those guys can move with the best of them, as well. I’m just really excited about the recruits we’ve been getting in and everything. We’ve also had a lot of really great running backs in the past, Adrian Peterson, Demarco (Murray), all those guys. It’s nothing new. It’s just a change in mentality.”



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