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Gabe Ikard Media Session
December 02, 2013

Oklahoma Football
Offensive Lineman Gabe Ikard
Dec. 2, 2013

On going into the Bedlam game as a 10.5 point underdog:
“Those lines don’t mean anything to us. A team that we’ve played against in the past, had some good games against in the past, had some bad games against so it’s a rivalry game where those numbers don’t matter, momentum changes in the game, weather, a lot of things factor into what happens so I’m not worried about that at all.”

On the biggest difference in OSU’s defense:
“I think from an offensive lineman’s perspective, the biggest difference is their interior. (James) Castleman and Calvin (Barnett) are probably two of the best that we’re going to play all year. They control the line of scrimmage, they’ve played the run a lot better, and I think that’s set them up in the back end for a lot more success than they’ve had in the past. They’ve played a lot better on defense, mixing in some things, disguising blitzes, mixing in different fronts. So playing really well on defense, the best they’ve played on defense since I’ve been here.”

On what they can do to help QB Trevor Knight play as well as he did against K State:
“Trevor (Knight) is going to prepare as well as he can and play as well as he can but when it comes to it, we need to protect him well. They’ve gone after some quarterbacks pretty well. We need to be able to, when he drops back and throws it, to let him stand back there and be comfortable. Obviously everything hinges on our run game, especially if Trevor is playing quarterback. We need to establish our run game, mix our read option, our zone schemes up and then we’ve got to make some big plays down the field when they’re playing the run, dropping their safeties in the box - that’s when you can make big plays.”

On what they did early against Kansas State:
“We ran it efficiently. Brennan (Clay) had a good day. We had some big plays in the run game which is always good. It came down to us blocking better up front and our backs were making guys miss. Most of your run schemes you have one guy that’s unblocked that your back has to take care of and Brennan made that guy miss and took one for a touchdown. We executed really well in the run game. That sets it up a lot better for Trevor (Knight) off his boot game so he can get out of the pocket and move, use his legs. The threat of him running and throwing is very important for us to make big plays. I thought it all started with how we ran the ball in the first and second quarter.”

On what allows this team to play well on the road:
“We’re comfortable going on the road, especially on offense. Speaking for us, we do the exact same thing on the road as we do at home so we’re not uncomfortable at all. We have a certain level of comfort on the road. We like wearing white, it’s a good look.”

On the importance of the offense pulling its weight when the defense isn’t playing well:
“Those two games we really didn’t play well offensively. Those two losses can mainly be attributed to the offense and our inability to put up points. If we don’t put up points in this game we obviously are going to put our defense in bad spots. We have to play efficiently on offense. We have to get off to a good start like we did against Kansas State. Oklahoma State is playing some of the best football in the country and definitely playing the best football in the conference at this point. We have to get off to a good start like we did a couple of weeks ago and then we have to put our defense in good spots. We can’t give them great field position; we can’t turn the ball over. They’re playing too well to overcome those types of things in this game.”

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