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Aug. 5, 2013

Junior Offensive Linemen B.J. Finney
On improvements of Cornelius Lucas…
“Cornelius has made huge strides in his game. I am so proud of him. He saw the opportunity to grab everything that he wanted. He turned the corner in his game, and I happy that he did that.”

On keeping team focused on the season…
“We have to realize that this is a different team from last year, and the guys on this team know that. We do not have all the same guys back. What we have to do is improve everyday and to work to keep the success going that we have had. A lot of guys have bought into that.”

On being picked sixth in media polls…
“I would not say it is disrespect. This is a very tough conference. We are very even throughout all the teams. We cannot fall asleep on any of these teams, obviously. Look at us last year at the Baylor game. We took it for granted, and we got beat bad. The difference between first and sixth could be a penalty in a game or just little things. We just have to make sure we do the little things right to give us a good opportunity.”

Senior Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On the competitions at cornerback…
“The guys that came on in the spring – Kip Daily, Morgan Burns, Dorrian Roberts and Carl Miles – all of those guys are competing. That is what we need at those positions where we lost some guys. We need that competition to bring out the best play in everybody.”

On the potential of a committee at cornerback…
“I think that the true starters will emerge here in the next couple of weeks. We are going to have a scrimmage or two when we get the full pads on. Guys will start developing and break out, but until then, it will be pretty close.”

On his personal goals…
“I just want to approach this season like I always have here. I want to do anything that I can to help out this team and help us win, whether that is on special teams or doing my defensive role. I want to step up and be more of a vocal leader this year. With the guys that we lost – we lost some great leadership last year – we need to get the younger guys up and adjusted to the system.”

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On taking a greater role as a captain…
“At some point, yes, I think I would have to, but as of right now, I feel like I just need to keep doing what I have been doing. We lost Collin (Klein), so people like Ty Zimmerman, Tramaine Thompson, B.J. Finney, and just a lot of other people are going to have to take over that leadership role. I think we still have some things that we need to work out, but by the end of camp, I think we will be good to go.”

On his type of leadership…
“I just try to come out here and do what I need to do. I do not really talk, but if I have to, I will end up talking. I do not want to be the person that ends up talking every time. I want to be that type of person when I say something, they are able to hear me and can tell that the words match my actions when I am out here on the field.”

Senior Linebacker Tre Walker
On his return from injury…
“After the first practice, it was really tough. I just had to sit down and realize what God has brought me through. Just coming back and be where I am, I am really blessed.”

On the new faces on defense…
“Those are great athletes. They are going to do some good things for us. They are going to come out and make some plays for us this year.”

Senior Running Back John Hubert
On feeling like one of the veterans…
“It has been a long, five years under Coach (Bill) Snyder and going through two-a-days, camp and spring games. I have to step up and get into that leadership role.”

On building from the momentum from last year…
“It really is not making a difference. Last year is last year. We have new faces in the system now, and a lot of new players on defense. We are combining and coming together. We are just going out and having fun.”

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On possible scenarios playing with Jake Waters at the same time…
“We have not done anything like that. I do not see it not happening. It is up to the coaches, but as far as right now, we are just trying to find who can be that quarterback and step up for the team.”

On what he needs to do to win the job…
“I try not to worry about that. I am just trying to focus on what I am doing as a quarterback leading, on and off the field. I just let everything else fall into place.”

On his comfort level with the offense…
“I am very comfortable with the offense, but I try not to get complacent because I know the offense well. I still try to work on timing with the receivers and find chemistry and let everything else fall into place.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On relationship with Daniel Sams…
“We are not lying when we say it is not dog-eat-dog. We both really want to start. We get that one of us is going to start and the other will not. We are both just trying to do whatever we can to make the team better, and we are trying to help each other out any way we can. So we are not trying to give each other false information or one up each other, and it will make us both better in the long run.”

On looking over the playbook this summer…
“Yes, with that and classes I definitely had to fit it in. I had to catch up with Daniel (Sams) with being in the system longer. I have done my fair share of watching film and being in the playbook. It has helped me so far, and it has helped me get a grasp of the offense and everything right now.”

On understanding of the offense…
“I definitely have a better understanding than the spring. I am definitely not where I want or need to be, but that is what fall camp is for. I am just going to keep working and try and get better. I will make strides to get there.”

Senior Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On seeing himself as a leader…
“I was not as vocal last year. We had Chris (Harper) to do a lot of the talking. The coaches are trying to push a lot of that on me, push me out of my shell and make me more vocal. I still have a ways to go. I feel like a lot of people on the field look up to me, and they listen to me and I am using that to try and get to some of the younger guys.”

On skills gained from Chris Harper…
“Just the way he approached the game and his attitude on the field. Chris had that “swagger” about him. When you see Chris walk around, it seemed like no one could touch him.”

On chemistry with each quarterback…
“We got a lot of catches in this summer and in spring ball. I have good chemistry with each of them, not one more than the other. It is pretty even.”

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the new-look defense…
“We are really excited as a whole defense. A lot of people talk about the new faces that we are going to have. We are just excited about the opportunity to go out there and do what we do. I was in a special team’s role the last two seasons and I am really excited and eager to get more defense in this season.”

On his personal goals…
“I just want to know my role and be accountable – just do the absolute best that I can and have my teammates trust in me.”

On any pressure to replace the graduated senior…
“There is not much pressure. They are huge shoes to fill, but I feel like our preparation is what is going to help us out. As long as we prepare well, we should not be worried about much.”