BEDFORD: Notes and Quotes – 10/15/14

Vance Bedford. (
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Texas Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford said Adrian Colbert and Josh Turner would fill the void left by freshman safety Jason Hall, who has been declared out of Saturday’s game against Iowa State with a patellar tendon injury.

“We’ve had several play back there,” Bedford said Wednesday at his weekly media availability. “Colbert and Turner, they’ve both had a lot of time. The key for us is still the play of our defensive linemen and linebackers, if they play well, it’s hard to get to our secondary.”

Bedford also touched on several other topics:
* Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson: “He’s a guy I like a lot…he makes me nervous. When he gets outside to throw it, he can hurt you. We have to make him beat us in the pocket.”

* Iowa State tight end E.J. Bibbs: “He’s a major, major matchup problem for us,” said Bedford of Bibbs, who is 6-foot-3 and 264 pounds, and leads the Cyclones in receiving with 22 catches for 190 yards and a team-high four touchdowns receiving. “He’s an NFL-type guy.”

* On the mood of the team: “When you have a head coach like Charlie Strong, all you have to do is look at him. He’s not down at all, so it’s easy for the kids to follow him. ‘If he can come to work and be positive, why not me?’”

* On whether or not the Longhorns are a “great” 2-4 team: “At 2-4, we are not a good team whatsoever. Are we taking strides in the right direction? Of course we are. But from the standpoint of 2-4, we’re not very good. Right now we’re just trying to be 1-0 this week.”

* On special teams: “We’ve got to have guys who step up. If we’re going to be a good football team, we need to be good in our special teams. We need to do a lot better job.”

* On his defense: “Can we get better on defense? I certainly hope so. All of our guys have the potential to get better. We still have to have guys who understand: just do your job.”

* On what’s gotten into Steve Edmond: “The things we do play to his strengths. He’s a great open-field tackler, and a great athlete.”

* On the progress of defense end Naashon Hughes: “He’s made great strides. He’s athletic, he can run…he looks like a football player. I think he has the potential to be an outstanding football player. I have high expectations for him.”

* On his first Louisville team, which also started 2-4 but rebounded to become bowl eligible: “We had a senior team that did everything we asked, and all of a sudden we just took off. I think with the team we have now, we could do the same thing.”

* On Cedric Reed: “I think he had the best game he’s had (against Oklahoma).”

* On Texas fans: “Our fans were truly, truly, truly outstanding. They stayed, and did Texas Fight after the game. I was down and frustrated, but that sent chills up and down my spine. When our bus pulled out, the fans clapped for us, and we lost the game.”