This is what I’d tell the team if I were giving the pregame speech:
Sam (Bradford), you are the leader. You are a Heisman trophy winner. We will need your leadership. You have to keep your chin up and your head in the game for 4 quarters no matter what.
DeMarco (Murry), you are always one step away from the big play. Just one step away from greatness, let’s make it happen.
Chirs (Brown), Sr., you’ve been doing a good job hitting the holes and running north and south and running hard. Give me two more yards out of each run. Every time!
Matt (Clap), another Sr., get out there and put that defensive end on his ass. Right now, until the end of the game, I want his knees shaking thinking we are running off tackle again.
WR- Guys, Catch and tuck. Catch and tuck. You all have the capability to make great plays, just concentrate. Make the catch; tuck the ball, then go make the magic happen. Keep your head up, play ball, score touchdowns.
Offensive line, Guys, I bet you could move a bulldozer. Get low, get underneath their pads and push them 10 yards down field. Let’s play smash mouth football. Give your QB time to get the ball down field. He’s not just going to hold on to it. We Need 3 more seconds, block them low, get those hands down, something. Let’s blast them off the ball and get them sucking air. Don’t forget to pick up the blitz.
D Line, Contain!! Attack McCoy from the outside. Flush him up into the heart of the defense. Let him take a few shots from our LBs, or our hour hard hitting secondary. Hit him hard. Hit him clean. Create turnovers! English, Beal, Let’s get ‘em!
Linebackers, Reynolds, you have to get this D pumped. I see you as the leader. Get in their heads. Get the D fired up. Make plays. Force 2 and 3 and longs. Don’t forget about those flats. And most importantly, wrap up. Tackle, Tackle, Tackle! Lewis, I want to see you in the end zone today.
DBs, McCoy is just going to throw to Shipley or his tight end. You have a great LB crew in front of you, but don’t be afraid to come up and make a tackle. Play the pass first. Be in the right places. Make them make poor decisions and let’s score points. 2 picks, I need 2, and we win this game.
Special Teams! Field position! I can’t express how important it is going to be today. We have to make big plays. Have to. Let’s stay in our lanes and make good solid tackles.
You are the best, every one of you. The media can say what they want, but you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t the best. We have something to prove today, Sooners, we have to prove that we are better than the 2 points that gave us our two loses. Seniors.., this is the last time you will play at the Cotton Bowl… Most of you freshman here have been thinking about this your entire life. It’s Game Day. It’s Game Time. If you play like I know you can, and leave it all on the field… all I have left is one question, who wants to beat Texas?