Guess you saw to no one's surprise that Colt McCoy officially became a Davey O'Brien semi-finalist yesterday.
Of the 13 named, six are from the Big 12, of course.
Just now got my flu shot from Colt's pharmacist relative James McCoy, and he doesn't have a ticket to Saturday's game, either.
"I bet we'll be able to hear it from here," James said right before he jabbed the needle in me. He could be right. Lubbock is only 158 miles from Abilene.
Colt did a bunch of the talking in yesterday's player's press conference. Here are some of his quotes, and as you can see, some of the questions could easily have made him "eat the poisoned cheese" (believe his own pub), but he wasn't having any of it:
On how they have been able to handle all the media and hype the past few weeks: It goes back to staying focused. This team is really focused on what we need to do to get better. We were out there doing up-downs for NOS's that we committed during the game. There are a lot of things that we can do better. I think on offense, for sure, we need to finish. When we get in the red zone, we've got to be able to get at least a field goal to make it a seven-point game. We also needed to punch it in when we had the ball on the 1-yard line. Those things are frustrating, but they are things we can learn from and hopefully fix if we are in that situation again.
On if his rise in popularity has altered his everyday life: I think that comes along with being a quarterback and being a part of a number one team. It's fun and it's exciting, and you just have to go out and put a smile on your face and enjoy it. You like that better than the fans not noticing you or wanting to say hi and things like that. It's a fun time right now and the Austin fans are great. I think across the board, everyone in the locker room is enjoying it.
On the his mentality with the Heisman Trophy: For us, my focus is on this team and the most important thing is winning. I think if you look at our team and everybody in the locker room, it's their focus as well. If we're going to win games, it's going to be because we're all pitching in and doing what we need to do in order to be successful. That's our focus, and especially for me, that is my focus. I'll do what the coaches ask me to do and lead my team to hopefully putting a 'W' up every week.
On the difference in his mental state after a turnover this year than in the past: It was hard last week because I haven't turned the ball over much. It's little things. The (intercepted) pass to Quan [Cosby] was where the ball needed to go, and the guy made a great play with his outside technique. He made a good play and we have to fix that. I think the most important thing is to keep your head up and just to put it behind you. Those things can get in your head. It's so easy for a quarterback to turn the ball over and to let it continue to bother and nag you. The next time you get out on the field, you're still thinking about that, and you end up doing it again. To be able to put it behind you is definitely something that you can learn, and I've definitely learned that in the last two years.
On the atmosphere of playing in Lubbock: Lubbock is a tough place to play. They are really loud and it seems like their whole stadium is filled with students. It's going to be a night game, so that's going to make it even tougher. But, we're looking forward to it, and it's going to be fun.
On his friends out in Lubbock: Basically, my whole high school goes to Texas Tech. Everybody I know back home goes to Tech, so there are a lot of friends and family out there.
On the improvement in Texas Tech's defense: I think the biggest thing this year is that they understand that their offense does not stay on the field that long and that they score a lot of points. So, their job is to go out there to make some key stops and to get their offense good field position. They've been able to do that so far. They are undefeated and they are playing really well on both sides of the ball. We've got our hands full this week.
On Mike Leach: I like Coach Leach. I know him, and he's a great guy and great coach. He does a good job of getting his team ready to play every week. Coach Leach is Coach Leach, and there is nobody else like him. He's a great football coach.