This is going to be a very abbreviated Quote Board this week. We have this week’s press conference with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left tackle Terence Steele, and defensive tackle Broderick Washington.
We start with somewhat of a status report on quarterbacks Alan Bowman and McLane Carter, Bowman having been knocked out of the West Virginia game with a collapsed lung and Carter being out since the first game with a high ankle sprain. Kingsbury essentially says that he hopes that all three quarterbacks, Bowman, Carter and Jett Duffey, will be available for the TCU game:
Q. How is McLane looking?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: He’s doing better. I’m not sure if he’s game ready or not. We’ve got a couple days left. I’ve said it before, his game is a little bit different so he’s got to be able to push off that leg and run and make plays. If he can’t do that, he won’t play.
Q. How about him and Alan both, have they fully participated in practice?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: Yeah, all three of them have been participating in practice.
Q. If you have all three ready, what is your game plan?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: Yeah, you’ll have to watch.
And it’s somewhat amusing to me that Don Williams has read on WebMD (and I’m sure he’s corroborated this as well) that a person with a collapsed lung should not air travel and may have to drive to Fort Worth:
Q. Has Alan been cleared for air travel or does that present any issue with his lung?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: We’ll see. That’s kind of one of the things we’re working through. We’ve had different opinions, varied opinions. There is varying research out there. So we’re trying to be as thorough as we can. What have you found in your research?
Q. I’ve read that they usually don’t recommend it after — before three weeks after. Although if the game is in the Metroplex and he were ready otherwise, you could drive him down there, right?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: Yeah.
And maybe this is just me, but if a player has to be driven to a game, he might should sit this one out.
And the other injured player, T.J. Vasher, is maybe also a game-time decision:
Q. I know you were saying you’re hoping to have T.J. back, has he been looking ready and has he been practicing so far?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: Yeah, he’s been limited in his participation. Same deal. We’ll see if he can go full go. If he can’t, we’ll wait and have an extra day and get him ready for Kansas.
I liked this question:
Q. You were talking about self-scouting, what you did well and what you did not do well after. After self-scouting last week, what are some things that you want to do better, I guess, besides the obvious start faster?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: I think defensively the midway point, we just allowed too many big plays. Whether it’s pass game, run game. Last week we let the draw get out for 40 yards, giving up big plays in the pass game. We’ve got to limit the big plays. We’ve got to make teams earn it.
Then offensively last week the big thing that jumped out was protecting the football, three turnovers, one is a pick-six. You can’t win football games doing that. So that’s been the emphasis this week, and we’ll try to improve in those areas.
And Kingsbury seems to indicate that they hope to redshirt Sarodorick Thompson who has played in four games, but with DaLeon Ward and Tre King fully healthy, it would be beneficial for Thompson to take advantage of that redshirt year.
Q. Following up on that with the running backs, when you have all five available, which has not been the case very often this season, how many do you feel like you had — how many make sense to have in a game rotation?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: Yeah, that’s what we’ve been working through. With that many backs we feel like can get it done, I think the bye came at a good time to reassess who are we going to hang our hat on in crucial situations. So we’re working through that this week. But we don’t expect to play all five. So we’ve got to find roles for those guys, whether it be special teams or somewhere else.
Q. If you don’t play all five, and I don’t know off the top of my head, but I think Sarodorick has played in three, I believe, or four, he’s still within the red-shirt window. Would you all think about trying to hold him back?
KLIFF KINGSBURY: Yeah, he would be one, I think, we’ll see where it goes. But been really impressed with his development. He’s a guy with that many backs that we feel are serviceable, that if we can red shirt him, we’d like to be able to do that.