Off The Practice Field...Coach Spike Dykes
On this week's opponent, Kansas:
"Now all of our focus is toward Kansas. I still believe this -
you win and lose football games during the week. Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday is really how you win football games. The way you
practice is so important to the way you play. I think our people
understand just exactly what is staring at us in the face. Kansas is a
good, good football team. They've been ranked for much of the last two
years. They were a top-10 team a year ago.
"They've got a great runner. They've got a great quarterback. They've
got a big, strong offensive line. They are prolific at running the
"On defense, they make big plays. They've got team speed. They've got
size. They've got all the qualities.
"The kicking game is what scares you the most about Kansas. Against
Oklahoma, they returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown, they returned a
kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, they block a field goal and went 50
yards for a touchdown. Twenty-one points in the kicking game. Otherwise
it would have been a close ballgame.
"So, they've got a lot of weapons, there is no question about that.
They've got a lot of momentum. They are hard to beat in Lawrence. So,
we've got our work cut out for us. The players do understand what's
staring them in the face and I believe they'll get after it."
On June Henley:
"Henley is a great back. He's 215 pounds, big tailback
type runner, Bam Morris-looking guy. He has good speed, he is not a
blazer. He is hard to tackle. People tackle him, they don't wrap him
up and he runs through the tackle. He is strong, he's got a little Earl
Campbell in him. He is more that kind of runner. More Bam kind of
runner than he is a Byron type runner. Really breaks a lot of tackles.
He has got great cut back ability. He has great eyes. He has good
hands, he catches the ball well out of the backfield, a lot of screens
to him. He has great balance. He is a good football player. Really, a
good football player.
"You've got to work hard on tackling. We'll work a lot on tackling.
You've got to wrap him up. This guy is different. He will run smooth
over you, yet he sees soft spots, he sees places to cut back. He's got
great vision. I guess that's why he is one of the top rushers in the
nation. He's got a lot of raw talent."
"The game turned up no new injuries. We've got a few nagging
injuries. Anthony Armour has a chance to come back. I don't know, we'll
know after Tuesday's practice how well he'll do. P.J. Jasin probably
will not play this week. He's still got the affects of a concussion."
On the Baylor win:
"We had a great Homecoming. I don't know if you could
ask for a better scenario. We had a great crowd, tremendous student body
turnout. Everything was good. It was a great ballgame. Baylor has
been a rival of ours for years and a real natural rival. We've had a
great relationship with them. It's been a real good honest-to-goodness
rivalry that has respect on both sides. Every year that football game
is important to either team. It's nice to win it, especially after you
lose it last year the way we did.
"I thought we did what we had to do to win the game. We set out with
some goals with some things we had to do and some things we could not
On scoring 14 points before half-time:
"We got the football two minutes
in the first half. Boy, we had a great drive down and scored,
engineered by Zebbie (Lethridge). A lot of audible at the line of
scrimmage. A lot of good heads up play by our guys getting out of
bounds. It really proved to be a turning point in the game. The score
was 17 to 10 at the time. It looked like to me that Baylor really had
a lot of momentum. They certainly had their level of confidence back.
They were playing extremely good. That drive really took a lot of wind
out of their sails I think. Then we kicked off to them. Jody Brown had
the sack, Montae Reagor picked the ball up and went in the end zone. We
had a 14-point turnaround in no time at all. That proved to be the
difference. It's important how you go into the locker room (at the
half). When you go with a lot of confidence, you go in juiced up and
excited. I really think it carries over."
On Offense & Defense:
"The offense continues to do some things you like to
do. They start the game off nearly every ballgame with a drive that is
a good, productive drive for points. That sort of sets the tone for the
day. It really does. That's everybody's goal, but it's really hard
to achieve. This team has done it extremely well.
"On defense, you like to get them three downs and out and we've do a
pretty good job of that early in the ballgame. The defense played well.
Anthony Armour, our leading tackler didn't play. Ryan Donahue came in
his place and did an excellent job. Jody Brown continues to make big
plays from the raider position. Robert Johnson continues to make a lot
of plays. Those bookend ends, Tony Daniels and Montae Reagor, both are
improving their play. We were a little bit porous on pass defense. We
got turned around. We got our back to the ball, got our back to the
quarterback. We made some mistakes in the pass defense area that we
need to correct. This is an area of major concern."
On Byron Hanspard and the Heisman race:
"Most teams are trying to win,
they are not trying to feature anything. That's the thing people get
caught up in. We were talking about this to our team the other day.
Heisman Trophy talk, that kind of stuff, you start thinking about all
that stuff, you lose the insight of what you are playing the game for to
start with. Those things happen or they don't happen.
"I think you could send everybody a Rolex watch with a face of the person
on there. If you have to do that to win the prize, I don't think Byron
would want it. That's the kind of guy he is. I think it should be the
result of somebody doing well, somebody doing well for their team. If
we are ahead 65-0, we are not going to have a running back in the
ballgame running the ball trying to make yards. We just don't believe
that way. Maybe that's what you need to do, I don't know, we are not
going to do that. This is a team sport. It will continue to be a team
sport. I don't think the parties involved in our situation want it any
other way. You shouldn't have to buy your way into something. You
can't ignore the talk, we've got a guy who is doing well. He is doing
well because of a lot of other people. He is not doing well just
because of him. He understands that."