Charles Tapper Media Session

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Oklahoma Football
Defensive End Charles Tapper
Nov. 25, 2013

On what helped them play better defense in the second half:
“In the second half we felt that we could get after the quarterback a little bit more. We didn’t have to worry about the run as much because we had a little margin ahead of us. So we felt like as a defensive line we could get more pressure and Aaron Colvin would play (Tyler) Lockett a little bit more and shut him down.”

On if he was surprised by how much Kansas State passed the ball on Saturday:
“Yes, we were very surprised, especially on the defensive line. We felt like we had to come out and be more aggressive on the run stop instead of the passing game. All week we had been preparing for No. 4, their quarterback to come out and run the ball. So it was very shocking.”

On if the week off before Bedlam will be nice:
“Yes, it will be very nice to go home and see some family members and stuff like that. Hopefully we get some of the guys back. They will get some treatments done and we’ll get everybody back hopefully.”

On if he watched the OSU/Baylor game and what he took away from it:
“OSU, they played a very good game against Baylor. The offense held the ball for the majority of the game and the defense got a lot of three-and-outs.”

On what will be the biggest challenge against Oklahoma State’s offense:
“We just need to stop the run and make them pass, then get a little bit of pressure on the quarterback.”

On if the defensive line is starting to play up to it’s potential:
“Yes, sir. I think we have been coming out stronger. We’ve been putting on weight as the season goes on. Staying healthy, because we lost a lot this year, but next year we are going to shock people and we have a lot of freshman coming in.”

On learning to play without Jordan Phillips:
“That was very challenging to lose big Jordan because he was a dominant force in the middle. He made up for a lot of mistakes that we might have made at defense end. Losing Corey Nelson, also.”

On the play of freshman linebacker Dominque Alexander:
“Dom is a great kid. He loves to learn the game and he loves to teach the game. He teaches me as much as I teach him. He just breaks the game. Me, (Eric) Striker and him might just sit down and watch film so we can know the spots we will be in in case we have a missed assignment so that we can make up for each other.”

On what he has learned since week one:
“If you play with technique and do your job then you will make a lot of plays. I’m much more comfortable.”

On what he is looking forward to about Bedlam:
“Hopefully coming out with the win. Playing with toughness and hopefully stopping their run, keeping the offense on the field and getting a lot of three-and-outs.”

On if the team is excited to get to work preparing for OSU:
“We’ve been in the film room since Sunday. We were in there all day Sunday just sitting there watching film on Oklahoma State and watching the Baylor game over and over again. Trying to see what we could do that Baylor didn’t do.”

On still having a chance for the Big 12 championship is extra motivation:
“Yes, but it’s also one of the most exciting games of the season. It should be a lot of fun.”

On what Bedlam means to him as a player:
“It means a lot. It is one of the biggest rivalry games in the country. Going against our in-state rival is going to mean a lot for the fans and the fans mean a lot to us. Satisfying the fans means a lot to me especially because they come out there and they help us on third downs and messing up the quarterbacks and their calls.”

On being the underdog at OSU:
“It’s always fun to be the underdog because people don’t expect us to win but we know deep down that if we do our tasks and just go out there and play hard that it’s the game of football, you never know what is going to happen. We are just going to go out and play hard, hopefully the offense can stay on the field and we keep them on the field.”

On if the defense is confident in Trevor Knight:
“I felt like Blake (Bell) played okay at Iowa State but some things didn’t go his way. Trevor played a great game against Kansas State. He made a couple of mistakes but the offense had a great game against KSU.”

On if Trevor Knight finally played more like he played in fall practices on Saturday:
“Yeah, that’s the Trevor we saw in two-a-days, chasing him around the field. With the way he has been playing the zone read, he can hold it for so long and then he’s so fast he can outrun you. Yeah, that’s the Trevor knight we had been seeing in two-a-days and all through the fall.”



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