Gabe Ikard Media Session

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 11, 2013

Oklahoma Football
Offensive Lineman Gabe Ikard
Nov. 11, 2013

On where the offense goes after loss:
“We will probably just stop playing and quit. No, but really we are going to continue to work hard. We obviously did not have a good performance Thursday; we played poorly. We are going to come back to practice and work hard like we do every week. Iowa State is a good football team and we need to prepare really well for them. There were a lot of small mistakes that when you look back at them on tape we get extremely frustrated. We need to shake it off and let it go because now it is on to the Iowa State game. We cannot let this Baylor loss affect us for the rest of the season; we have to forget about it and come back to work like we do every Monday.”

On having more teams put eight guys in the box:
“I would imagine so but just like Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh says, whatever box they give you it doesn’t matter, you have to block it. So however many Iowa State wants to put in the box, Kansas State, OSU we will try our best to block it and scheme accordingly. We have to make some plays down the football field if they are going to put that many guys in the box.”

On other games being as frustrating as Baylor game:
“That is probably the most frustrating performance we’ve had since I have played here. Just knowing all the opportunities we had in the first half and how well the defense played, to not put something together and get points on the board was extremely frustrating.”

On getting one field goal from seven plays inside the red zone:
“We have to be more precise in our schemes and in our blocking. We had all kinds of chances in that first half to make it a two-score game. When you are playing Baylor you have to be able to do that; especially with how talented they are on offense. We really shot ourselves in the foot there and set ourselves up for some bad plays later in the game.”

On being predictable in the red zone:
“You would have to ask opposing defenses that. Even if a defense knows what is coming you need to block them and score. You get in sets and obviously there are a couple plays we run out of it but we need to be able to handle it no matter what. Obviously they were slanting their front to the strength and going off our tendencies. When it comes down to it we need to block it anyway. Other teams are going to do that for the rest of year and we need to prepare for that and just be able to adjust to it on Saturdays and make it work.

On the effects of not having FB Trey Millard:
“He is a great player but we had things on Thursday night that Trey couldn’t have helped us with. In some of those short-yard spots and all the things he does on special teams, stuff like that, we missed Trey out there but that is no excuse for the way we played on the offensive side of the football."




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