“My impression of the game is that there were plays left on the field from turnovers. I had a drop. We can’t turn the ball over down there. I didn’t realize until after the game that we were in the red zone three times and turned the ball over. That flip flops points on the board, but our defense came through and stopped them.
“The defense is playing their ass off so far this season. It’s our job to put points up and we haven’t really been able to get clicking yet. It’s going to come. You can’t panic right now because we still have a lot of football to play.
“I’m going to start working with our young receivers. We brought in Brian and then getting Broyles ready to play. I told both of them we’ll start watching film together. Just coach them up. I’m coached by Shawn everyday so I can take what I know from him. They’ll receive it a lot better coming from another player.
“It sucks not having Nate. We’re going to lose the spirit, energy and leadership he brings during the week, during practice and in the game. In our room, I have to try to do my best to fill in for Nate. He’s still going to be here, but at the same time – on the field – I have to do a better job of bringing more energy and leading those guys out there.
“I see my leadership extending beyond the receivers room. Guys come up to me every game talking about how ‘we need you,’ ‘we gotta get the offense going for us’ – things like that. No pressure, it’s just they look to me to help spark the offense.
“I’m not one to yell, but if it is something that needs to be corrected and that’s just blatant, then that’s a reason I’d get fiery. I won’t fire off on a teammate for messing up on something, but if it’s something continuously hurting the team, then I’ll say something. I do see that my teammates do listen, so I don’t have problems giving it to them.”
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“It feels good to have gotten my first career touchdown. Ever since camp I’ve been doing as much as I can, like I’ve been saying, going through practice everyday at full speed and preparing myself. It’s not cool that Nate went down, but I felt like I was prepared to come in.
“He’s an emotional leader for us, so his presence is going to be missed. But he’s still going to be with us every step of the way. To have a leader like that, a veteran guy like that on the receiver corp, he’s a guy you look forward to seeing make a big play.
“He talks the talk and he walks the walk, so he’s definitely a guy we looked toward to come in every day and set the tempo. He’s been doing that for us. With him going down, especially me a slot behind him, he’s really set the tone for me to come in and work hard.
“At 2-4, it’s not a good position to be in, but it’s a long season. It’s what the coaches have been harping on. We play a tough schedule, but we’ve got to continue to come in here every day and grind. As an offense, we definitely don’t feel like we’re out of it, and the defense has been playing really well. We have to continue to strive to be the best that we can be.
“Eight-and-5 was the worst season I went through at Oklahoma, so this is a new tempo, a new outlook on things. You have to be optimistic. This is a long season, our guys still have to come in here and prepare. We’re not even halfway through yet, so we have to continue to do what we can and prepare as hard as we can to get out there and get some wins.”
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