The Sooners defense is ready to right the ship after getting rocked by the Texas Tech offense, and one thing certain moving forward is that their confidence must stay in tact if they're going to improve. It's just like what junior safety, Steven Parker, will tell freshman Jordan Parker during a game. If you get burnt, you pick yourself back up, the turnaround has to be quick and the memory has to be short.
"Just play on, you know have fun out there. You try to change the aspect of that. You gotta change what's going on in that situation so, if that means me stepping up and trying to make a big play, then that's me trying to make a big play. If it's somebody else, or encouraging somebody else, that's what you do. You stay positive, and let the younger guys follow your lead."
"It's up to them, in practice habits, and the way we play, to be able to play confidently and aggressively. It's your only opportunity to have success. I think it is easy to point out where we have played very well and that's what our guys have to know that we have done this before, and we can do it again."
"It's definitely going to be important this weekend, especially to get some younger players' confidence back. We all know we had a bad game, but we all know that we can bounce back. We just have to learn from it. Pride definitely comes in, but that's something else. Pride is something that can be taken away but can also be given back."
Sooners fans probably aren't too worried about the possibility of a spoiled homecoming against the Jayhawks. Oklahoma has actually won the last 11 straight games against Kansas, and what's more is that each contest has been decided by at least 15 points. Reporting in Norman, Nikki Kay, News Channel Four Sports.