Cowboys discuss West Virginia and Senior Day

Defensive end Ben Koopski

On playing in multiple positions due to injuries:

“It was interesting, and it was new. Not really new, because in high school I played in those spots. It’s new to me here. With Tyler (Lacy) going down, he was a big part of our defense, so now we just had to find someone to rush me, and they ended up putting me there. It was fun.”

on From Nathan Latu development:

“He’s always been very talented and I’m happy to see him getting representatives there. I feel like we’re in the same boat where there’s a lot of experience ahead of us and when we get the chance, we try to make the best of it It’s good to see him doing well there.”

On how the defense was able to adapt after the first quarter against OU:

“I think we just need to play faster from the start. In recent weeks, teams have jumped on us a lot and we have to jump on them. I’m not necessarily sure if there were other looks they gave us, I think it just came down to on missing tackles and not playing decent football.”

Defensive tackle Zion Asi

About this year’s competition in the Big IX:

“It’s been very different from the last four or five years. Honestly, we see Kansas coming. I’ve had to learn this on my own, but the most important thing is to always respect your opponents and respect everyone, even if they are good or bad. You never know if you’ll catch them on a really good day or a bad day. I was excited to see how the competition went, to see the ups and downs and who’s placed where.”

On how he feels about playing his last home college game:

“It will probably take some getting used to when I run away for the last time and run away for the last time. Right now I’m excited to get ready for our last home game with my teammates for the last time. That’s something you don’t get back main thing is to focus on winning, so that’s the biggest goal right now for my last one is to go out with a win, especially here in Boone Pickens.

About what he said to the team after the game against OU:

“We’ve had our ups and downs this whole season. We’ve had our ups and downs, so I think the biggest thing Coach Gundy pressed on was that we’re so used to winning, so when we lose everybody freaks out. He don’t panic and make everyone go through the tape, find out where they messed up I told them it’s just to find mistakes, fix the mistakes we made and then get back on the We’re going to be here at Boone Pickens Stadium, that’s where we play the best. That’s probably the biggest message to look ahead, not too far, but just for the next opportunity and that’s next Saturday.”

Wide receiver Braydon Johnson

On defending the winning streak at Boone Pickens Stadium:

“It’s absolutely important, it’s our household. We must defend it by all means.”

About participating in the Big IX this year:

“It was absolutely crazy. We just had to come in and control what we could control, just get to work and play hard. We knew a lot of teams were competing this year. We just controlled what we could control, with our attitude straight and limiting it of our mistakes.”

On the emotions in his senior year:

“It’s been a rough rollercoaster, up and down, but I feel like that’s life. You gotta love it when it’s up and down. You can’t just be happy at the top, you gotta find things to be thankful for to be ahead of.” when life also takes you downhill. That was the most important thing for me, just holding my head up when I’m in a slump, knowing that eventually I’ll bounce back. “

Cowboy back Brad Cassity

On how he feels about this weekend:

“I feel excited. It was a tough week last week, you could sit and complain, or you can move on and that’s what we did, moved on. We had a great day of preparation today and last night I’m excited, just super excited.”

About how he prepared for the trip to West Virginia:

“I give myself 24 hours to be angry about a loss and when the 24 hours are up you can sit with it or dwell on it or move on to the next one. That’s something I had to teach myself in football , because you I’m going to make a mistake but you can keep grumbling about it keep worrying about the last piece or move on to the next piece that’s what we’ve been doing this week like I said I think we’ve got a had a great day of practice today and a great night last night. We have a good game plan and are really looking forward to it.”

On how he feels about playing his last home college game:

“It’s something that actually hit me only yesterday. It makes you pretty sad because it doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for so many years. I remember coming on campus and moving into the dorms, but now it’s coming to put an end to this in the near future. It’s a surreal feeling that I haven’t quite digested yet.”

Long Snapper Matt Hembrough
About practicing at Boone Pickens Stadium:

“It’s better to be in the stadium because that’s where we start matches. You get more real-life gaming experience on that turf. You get the feeling of being in the stadium, the wind is the same. Obviously we in a windy conference. Lots of wind, lots of open stadium. It’s all about the same routine.”

On the difference between a good and average long snapper:

“The biggest difference between a good and average long snapper is being consistent. At this level, there are guys who can throw the ball really fast or really hard or they’re athletic across the field. There aren’t many guys who can do that.” all that and be consistent. It’s something you have to work on, you have to be mentally strong because you can’t go out worried. You can’t think about other things… You just have to have that strong mindset and be able to go out there and execute every time.”

About being a semifinalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award:

“I’m super blessed and super lucky to be on the list. There are a lot of really good snappers out there. I hope to be there in Chicago as one of the finalists and hopefully win. But right now I have” I’m just focused on West Virginia and winning, and finishing my career here strong and with a win. Whatever happens, happens. If I am lucky enough to make it to the finalist list, I will be very blessed and enjoy the process.”

Kicker Tanner brown
About plans after college:

“When the season is over I’m going to get ready for the pro day and all that stuff and see where that takes me. The most important thing is to get ready for the pro day.”

Looking back on his time at OSU:

“I am very grateful for the experience, I think I needed it in my life. I think after high school, children have to leave their hometown and get into a different situation and a different environment. It’s the perfect place for me and I’m super grateful, and I’ll definitely be back.”

About being a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award:

“It’s fun. The main thing is just going out and performing on match day and doing my kicks. But it’s nice to be recognized. It’s been a goal of mine, that was the most important thing coming in. Of course, making every kick, but having accolades and awards at the end of the year is fun too.”

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