Excited for this stretch that's coming ahead of us with this game against TCU and us going out there to Fort Worth. Really excited about the matchup. This is a well coached team, and I really like Sonny Dykes. Sonny and his wife Kate have been amazing people and have been really kind to myself and my wife Emily. We’ve had a lot of interactions with them. I have a lot of appreciation for what he does as a coach and the things that they do leading young men and leading programs. I consider him a friend, so I'm looking forward to the matchup and have tons of respect for him.
His team played for the national championship last year, so they have a lot of guys that have seen success. We're still kind of new to the Big 12 and still trying to find our identity. There’s some things that I know that we want to improve on, and that we want to get better at, but I really love the effort and the energy from our players. I like the way the culture is going. I love the leadership in our program.
On game plan for TCU
As we put this thing together, we'll see how the matchup goes this weekend, but we feel really excited about the opportunities and we're looking forward to the game. I know it's going to be on the road. It's hard to win at home in the Big 12, but I know it's even harder to win on the road, and we're seeking our first Big 12 road victory. Hopefully we can get that done against a really talented team. Like I said, we have a lot of respect for them, but we want to want to give them our best shot. We know we'll get there. We'll just live with the results after that.
On the history of playing TCU
It’s a lot of fun. I know the stadium has changed a little bit since last time I've been in there. I think for the fans, it's exciting that we have a little bit of that history there. It’s so cool to get to go out there and have that experience. They have a really, really nice fan base. It’s tough to go in these places, because they have great support and we want to make sure that we show our best. That's hard to do when you have a passionate fan base that's going to be cheering against you, but hopefully we'll have some fans there too. I know our fans find a way and so they always make us feel good, but more than anything I want to want to enjoy the environment and have our fans be able to be in that environment as well. It's big time football and we’re really excited that we're here and that our fans get to be part of it.
On the mindset of the offense
I just like to see more points on the board. I want to see us get kind of in a rhythm. I’ve been mentioning that before: Just get that rhythm of success. That’s hard to do when you’re going against really good teams. I think more than anything we are in really good shape now. We’re not making the same mistakes that we’ve made in the past. It’s hard to play clean football when you’re shooting yourself in the foot. We can count on our players, their energy, and their effort. I just want to see more success from our offense and defense and special teams. In regards to points, the more points the better.
On playing after a bye week
We were really physical last week. We lean heavily on our sports scientists to tells us what we’re allowed to do. We were able to get some hard work and some good looks at guys. We’re hoping that as we go throughout this week that we’ll start off fast right from the beginning.