Assistant Coach Quotes - Media Day

Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Sean Snyder

On Collin Sexton...
"He is on almost every special teams unit that we have and he does a really nice job. He works hard and he is very conscientious of what he is doing. He is a great young man and I think he is going to do well for us."

On Tyler Lockett...
"Tyler will be on kickoff return and punt return. He is, as everyone has seen, explosive and agile. He has primarily been our kickoff return guy in years' past with Tramaine (Thompson) as our punt returner. Tyler is going to move over and take the role this year. I expect to see great things out of Tyler."

On return units...
"Our kickoff return unit and our punt return unit take pride in what they are doing and they strive to be good. I think we will have a chance to do some good things."

Co-Offensive Coordinator Dana Dimel
On Jake Waters' leadership role...
"A lot of the subject last year was on the two quarterbacks. We all said we would not want to have that, but if we had to have it because two quarterbacks are so close and bring different things to the table then we had to do it. It is so important for one guy to know it is his job to run this team and that helps him be a much better leader and gives him a lot more confidence in what he is doing as well."

On Tyler Lockett...
"We did not have him in the spring, and when we got him back in the fall, we really saw what we were missing: his big play capability and his chemistry with Jake (Waters). There is so much that he brings to the table. His athletic ability, speed and quickness after the catch is so important."

On the performance of Curry Sexton and Deante Burton...
"Curry (Sexton) is a playmaker. He has that football instinct, and that is how Curry makes those big plays and catches. He knows how to get open on the offense. Deante (Burton) is really stepping up. Deante had a really great practice this morning, and you can see how he is really stepping up and taking on that role as a starter."\

Co-Offensive Coordinator Del Miller
On improvements before the first game...
"Coach (Bill) Snyder is well known for his football teams being mentally tough. That is an area that we are constantly getting better and better at every single day. It has been a tough training camp."

On the offense's play through camp...
"I think offensively we have carried on right from spring, summer and conditioning. They have not lost a step, so there has been an improvement process throughout all that time. Sometimes guys will take a step back, and they really have not done that."

On Jake Waters' capability at quarterback...
"We saw a lot of Jake's capability transpire last year. As he became more and more familiar with what we were doing and did not have to think about quite as many things, he started playing fast throughout the spring, summer and now, fall. He understands all the tools in his toolbox and knows how to imply them now and play fast while doing it. So that will be a big advantage. We expect a good year out of him."

Defensive Coordinator Tom Hayes
On Randall Evans' play...
"The thing that you have to understand is that he is half cornerback and half linebacker. He is lined up on the best receiver most of the times on that slot position, so you have to be able to cover some people and be able to defend the run just like a linebacker would if he was in there. It is a combination. It is a tricky combination that Randall (Evans) has worked hard. I just hope that he continues to get better and I know he will."

On Dante Barnett's role this season without Ty Zimmerman...
"I think Ty (Zimmerman) did a lot for Dante (Barnett) during the course of Dante coming up through the ranks. He was a four-year starter, three-time All Big 12 and a great leader. I think he influenced Dante a really good bit. I think Dante is built that way just like Ty is. All you ever have to do it tell him once and he will do it. He understands the game. A lot of times I will tell them a certain set we are going to make and they are already making it. As Ty would do, Dante would do the same thing. He already knows what I am talking about. That is comforting to a coach."

Offensive Line Coach Charlie Dickey
On B.J. Finney...
"He exemplifies what our program is all about. He is a great young man and he cares about this school and he cares about what he does. He has great leadership ability and he works so hard and is able to do great things. He came in here as a walk-on and his mom told him he was going to have to earn a scholarship early, and he did. You cannot say enough good things about him."

On Cody Whitehair...
"Cody is another one of those kids that knows how to work hard. He is very talented and he puts that talent with hard work and he has made himself into a very good offensive lineman. I think he is going to be one of the best linemen in the Big 12 if he continues to work on it and respect the process of what it takes to be great."

On the core of the offensive line...
"All of the guys have really embraced one another and we try to make an emphasis on the older guys helping the younger guys. They are competing hard and they are trying to make each other better."

Wide Receiver Coach Andre Coleman
On Tyler Lockett's improvement from last year...
"He has improved a great deal. Tyler (Lockett) is a young man who puts in a lot of work. It is no surprise to me that he had the type of success that he had last year. His work ethic is really impeccable. He will stay out after practice and work 45 minutes to an hour after everyone else has gone in. He will come in and ask questions and is constantly watching film of his opponent. He wants to learn what to look at and how to attack his opponent and their weaknesses. A lot of people do not put in that type of time and work and that is why he is so successful."

On Tyler Lockett and Jake Waters' relationship...
"They are friends off the field. They are roommates during camp. They wanted to be roommates and that is all part of a good wide receiver-quarterback combo. When Tyler is out catching balls, Jake is the one out there throwing them to him. They understand each other. Jake can look at Tyler and Tyler can give him a look and they will both know what each one is going to do. All of those things become very helpful when times get tough. I do not think it is going to be a situation when Jake is looking for Tyler, but obviously when you have a great receiver like Tyler and can find a way to get open, he will find a way to make plays for you. It is important for a quarterback to know where he is at all times."