Some new names on the injury report (including that of the starting quarterback), a brief "state of the program" update, an even more brief speculation about the Heisman race and a discussion about coaching security - or insecurity - as Mack Brown meets the media prior to Saturday's finale in Manhattan.
McCOY TO START AT K-STATE
Case McCoy is slated to start his fifth career game this
Saturday after David Ash played most, if not all, of the TCU game with a
previously undisclosed rib injury. Brown
concedes that he did not know when the sophomore sustained the injury, but
believes it factored into the
interceptions Ash threw in Thursday’s loss.
Punter Alex King is actually listed as the No. 3
quarterback. Said Brown, “Alex is smart,
mature and he’s older. We’ll give him a limited package and, hopefully, we
won’t have to use hm.”
Although Connor Brewer is listed behind King, Brown said he
“would not consider taking a redshirt off a freshman with just two games left.”
Brown dismissed concerns about McCoy’s arm strength as well
as his reputation as a riverboat gambler with the ball. Saturday represents a “great opportunity for
Case to do what he did at Kansas instead of his last experience where he turned
the ball over.”
Defensive end Alex Okafor (ankle) did not practice Sunday
and is listed as a co-starter with Cedric Reed.
Z-receiver Marquise Goodwin (thumb) is questionable for
K-State and is bracketed as a co-starter with Cayleb Jones. The true freshman is coming
off of a knee injury, but Brown said he
“looked better and ran better” against TCU.
Sophomore Tevin Jackson is slated for his first career start
at SAM following the season-ending injury to DeMarco Cobbs. Freshman Peter Jenkins is the primary backup
at both WILL and SAM.
JEFFCOAT TO RETURN
Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat has informed coaches he intends
to returns for his senior season.
Jeffcoat suffered a season-ending injury (pectoral muscle) against
STATE OF THE PROGRAM
Brown fielded several questions about team morale and the
trajectory of the program. Brown said
the program has “made great progress” this season, noting that it “had a chance
to compete for a championship Thursday.” Other than “three disappointing games,” Brown said the program is “a whole
lot of ahead of where we were this time last year. We’ve got most of our players coming
back. The future is really bright.”
Players were, obviously, “disappointed” with Thursday’s loss
because “we lost a lot of things that were still out there.” Even so, Brown said he was “excited about the
possibility of winning 10 games and getting back on track. We’re in a better place than we were last
year. There are a lot of positive things
for the future of the program.”
BROWN’S JOB SECURITY
“For the 19th time, I’m committed to coming back
to the program,” said Brown.
Brown also spoke of the coaching carousel that has already
seen 11 vacancies this season: “We’re
seeing more impatience than ever before.
I understand that the presidents and Board of Regents have to do what’s
best for their programs. But the other side is that it’s very, very hard on
coaches and their families.”
MALCOLM BROWN’S ROLE
Where does running back Malcolm Brown fit into the offense?
“We didn’t run him much the other night,” his head coach
In fact, the sophomore did not log a single carry against
TCU. The fact that TCU jumped to a double-digit halftime lead meant that “it
wasn’t a running-game night. I wish it
would have been, We got in trouble. We put Case in. We went no huddle. We got
into the end zone. The defense played great (in the fourth quarter) and then we
threw the interception.”
Brown was asked to weigh-in on the Heisman Trophy race. Said Brown, “I think Vince Young and Colt
McCoy should have won. I haven’t looked at the Heisman race since.”