“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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