Adrian Peterson said that…
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I am starting to realize that a lot of guys look up to me, … Older guys, and even younger guys, are asking me questions and [they] ask me about how to handle situations. I’m young, but that leadership role has been on me so I need to live up to it.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We’re not going to be able to run the ball on every team. We’re not going to be able to do that, … We’ve got to establish a passing game, and I feel like once we do that, then this team might be unstoppable.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We’re not going to be able to run the ball on every team. We’re not going to be able to do that. We’ve got to establish a passing game, and I feel like once we do that, then this team might be unstoppable.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I don’t know how you prepare for him. You have to pay notice to what he is. The game plan is different with each running back. We have to know which tailback is in the game.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We’re going to have to establish some form of a passing game, … We just can’t run it on everybody.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “[There was media speculation last week that Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson was unhappy with the play-calling and the direction of the program. The suggestion that he might quit the team created such a minor sensation that Peterson, who hasn't spoken often to reporters this season, felt compelled to deny the reports.] I get upset because I’m competitive, … But quit and walk off that team? That’s loony.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I run to daylight when I see an opening,.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “Sometimes it gets overwhelming,.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “Sometimes I sit back and think, ‘Is this really happening?.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I get upset because I’m competitive. But quit and walk off that team? That’s loony.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “A couple of those games we lost, we shouldn’t have. Cleveland, Washington . . .”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I’m feeling good now, as good as I have in two months.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “If we run well, and that’s their main focus ? stopping the run ? it forces them to change up (their game plan).”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “With everything else that’s happened to me, it was a pretty dumb injury. We were celebrating in the end zone when I took my helmet off. Manuel ran by and caught me on my forehead. It just started bleeding.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I haven’t heard anything yet, so I’m just going to go in with the same approach every week. If I get a series, I’m going to take that. If I get four or five, I’m going to take that.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “It’s something to build on for next year.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “They had some pressure. Any time you are facing pressure, it forces you to break your routes off. After that, we settled down and got it going.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I’m all into my rap grooves. I’m checking out artists like Lil’ Wayne and Trick Daddy.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I can catch the ball. You’ve got to throw it to me.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “To be honest, I’m kind of shocked. They just threw a monkey up in here or something like that.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We came out there and we played smash-mouth football,.”
- Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to get it, … The guys out there, they were going to bust their butts for that one yard, and we got it. We got more. We got the touchdown.”
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said…
This was done over two interviews. One in a one-on-one setting at Big 12 media days and one on a conference call.
CFN: Are there any positives that can come out of what happened last year losing four games?
Bob Stoops: No. We’ve got to be more disciplined and tougher as coaches, and they have to accept it as players to be a championship team.
CFN: In what ways are you a better coach now than you were when you first started having all your success?
BS: How to handle you guys (the media) better. I don’t know how to answer that. It’s like whatever profession you’re in, you get more experience and you learn something all the time. I can’t get give any specifics, but maybe I feel more comfortable in my position. .
CFN: Are there any specific plans on how you’re going to use Adrian Peterson this year so he doesn’t wear down and is fresh and stays healthy?
BS: (sarcastically) Yeah, we’re going to run him five or ten times a game and then turn him loose in the big ones. No, we’re going to try to get him the 2,000 rushing yards he had his freshman year and another 500 or so receiving yards. We’d like to see the guy make a lot of big plays. I don’t know what you’re insinuating by your question about staying fresh and staying healthy. I can’t help it if someone falls down on him and hurts his ankle and has a high ankle sprain. Was that running him too much?
CFN: How does Peterson compare to other backs you’ve seen?
BS: I can’t compare him to anyone else; I haven’t seen anyone like him. He’s a powerful, explosive back with great speed and great style. He’s a tough, physical runner. Bottom line, until he was hurt, he’s had a lot of success. It’s not his fault that he got hurt. We plan to give him the ball a lot and hopefully he has a great year. He’s incredibly physical. He’s a guy who can run a 4.3 and weight 220 pounds. He absolutely destroys a weight room.
On getting over what happened last year losing four games.
BS: I was smart enough to know what the problems were and what some of our limitations were and why we lost. We’ve got to change that kind of behavior, and hopefully those things change in practices and when we’re on the field. I didn’t like that we didn’t have success, but we’re not going to abandon ship and we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing. You always look inward to our approach and what we might be missing. I gave the staff a pep talk. We’re not going to change our approach. We’re going to limit our mistakes and some selfish behavior. We’ll grow through this.
On getting a coach’s challenge for instant replay.
BS: I like it. I thought a year ago we were all against it because we didn’t have, and still don’t have, video monitors in our coaching booths. There was no way to get a good look on what we should challenge. I don’t need to name any games, but all of us have been in games with plays that were not reviewed. Many coaches burn timeouts to get a review. When we realize that what we were supposed to do failed at times, we needed the change. Our Kansas game, we have two guys tie up on the goal line. Our guy ran off the field with the ball, and the official spotted the ball at the six inch line. I had to call a time out, and fortunately they reversed the call.
Is he comfortable about this year’s team being ranked so high?
BS: No I’m not comfortable with it. For us and a staff and a program, we’re used to it, but we pay no attention to it. Our guys are fairly young still, and hopefully they realize that by no means have we earned that position yet. It shouldn’t take that long considering what happened last year and where we were projected. If they have any sense whatsoever that should be pretty simple to understand.
On preseason polls and if they should come out early.
BS: I don’t care one way or another what the magazines do, but I don’t think we as coaches as a poll should do anything until after we’ve played a couple of games. That’s not going to happen since they sell too many newspapers with it. They’re going to make them, but they don’t matter.