Cowboys Give Update to Media Heading into UAPB Matchup – Oklahoma State Athletics

  • September 14, 2022

Cowboy Football
Defensive Tackle Sione Asi 
On how he feels physically: 
“I feel like I played a game. It’s good though. The coaches give us time to heal up and get ready for another week, so I feel pretty good.” 

On Samuela Tuihalamaka stepping into a bigger role: 
“Man, I love that guy. That’s my dude right there. He’s just a tough dude and for him it just clicks. He has a nose for the ball. Y’all see him play, he’s playing like he’s been here for a while and I’m glad we get to share the field together. He’s had a big role to help me out when I need to breathe because I get tired. So, when I come off the field, it’s good to know that he has my back and I don’t have to worry about anything or his assignments. He does really well playing ball in that aspect on Saturday.”

On Samuel Tuihalamaka’s improvement: 
“I feel like the biggest thing is taking on the double teams. That’s something we’ve been working on together and something you want to get better at. I feel like that’s a big part and it showed up on Saturday. There were some plays he helped take on two guys that made it clear for the linebackers to make plays. So that’s probably the biggest thing, to be able to take on double teams.” 

Safety Thomas Harper 
On who he has learned from to prepare to play safety: 
“I learned a lot from (Kolby Harvell) Peel. Just the way he prepared and the way he played the game. He is very intellectual. He did a lot of film study and things like that. I learned a lot covering-wise from Tanner (McCalister). He was a good cover safety. Tre (Sterling) as well by just learning how to study film and prepare for what my opponent is going to do.” 
On what the first game was like: 
“I was just super excited to be out there. To have as many reps as I did, it was super exciting and I was just having fun.” 

On the improvement in communication: 
“It was definitely better just seeing things before they happened. We still have a lot to improve on, but I think from game one to game two it improved a lot. I think it was just due to us slowing the game down and realizing that we have to expect things, expect motions, and understand the defense a lot more. Hopefully it will keep improving as the season goes on.” 

On his role last year compared to this year: 
“Obviously I feel like I have a bigger role but I’m still in the same position. I’m kind of in the same role I just have to do more of the lifting. I feel like it’s still similar and me being behind Tanner (McCalister) and learning from him has helped a lot.” 

Offensive Lineman Taylor Miterko

On the team’s second half performance vs. Arizona State:

“We wanted to run the football from the start of the game. Once we finally got the ball rolling and started to really get stuff done, it felt really good, because that was our ultimate goal going into the game, to really run the ball efficiently… It felt good to be able to move people and see (Dominic Richardson) and the numbers that he got.”

On preparing for the non-conference finale:
“We got to watch the film. You got to prepare for them like you would for any other team. This week, we want to focus on us getting better and doing what we can do to play our best game. It doesn’t matter who it is.”

On the O-line improving their physicality every game:
“It’s tough, just with everything that goes on and how physical it is. It’s a tough man’s game down in the trenches… It can always be higher.”

Cowboy Back Jake Schultz

On the similarities between playing defensive line and Cowboy Back:
“I guess the first thing is they both have to be physical, because you are dealing with a lot of big guys. So, I think that’s the biggest thing. You have to be physical at the line.”

On his improvements while transitioning to offense:
“I haven’t caught passes like that in a while, you know. So, I still got to work on my hands. I’m still getting better at it.”

On his familiarity with the offense:
“I liked defense, but I’ve also come to find out I really like offense. The initial conversation I was pretty hesitant and then I just gave it a shot and it worked out.”

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