Senior, Linebacker: TY SUMMERS
Q. Talking about going against guys like Ben [Banogu] and L.J. [Collier].
Oh, yeah. You come to college to play college football. That’s what I got a scholarship for. But at the same time, the most important thing I can get out of this, aside from the chance to go to the NFL, is the degree. The degree is going to carry me a lot further than all that other stuff. I majored in communications. I’m looking to go to possibly into medical sales. That’s kind of what I’m thinking. I know a lot of people in that area.
Q. I’m assuming you’ve seen Cal on tape. What’s something you see in offense that you’re like, “We’ve got to watch that”?
They’ve got some pretty good speed and athleticism in their interior O-line. That’s something we’re going to have to watch out. We have guys working into the second level. And then just making sure our eyes are in the right place because they’re going to try to do a lot of play action stuff, things to get us to look in the wrong spot and dish it out to a tight end or to a receiver in the slant or little things like that. Basically, just everyone focusing on doing their individual jobs. Every team is beatable, and every offense is containable. Making sure you focus.
Q. Playing at TCU, Big 12, big crowds, you know, in your team at TCU, what have you learned most? All of the come-from-behind victories that we’ve had because I feel like ever since I’ve been at TCU, we’ve had at least — one year I think we had five of them. Just the type of teams we’ve had since I’ve been here that have always just rallied, came together, stuck our cleats in the ground and fought back. So kind of those experiences. Those are the biggest things that I’ll take away.
Q. I asked L.J. [Collier] over there, do you remember your first sack, your first big play. What about you?
Oh, yeah. My first, I feel like, statement play — I had a couple of tackles that were kind of cool but they weren’t in bigger moments. But my favorite moment was my freshman year against Baylor, we had a double overtime and I ended up getting the last tackle of the game. I had 23 tackles that game. It was the best game I’ve ever had in my career up to this point since I was a freshman. Everyone stormed the field because we had won the game, beating Baylor. They had a chance to go to the playoff, and we ruined that for them. It was the whole experience of that moment was big. That was something I definitely remember. I will remember for the rest of my life.
Q. Coach was talking about the adversity this year. Did you learn anything about your squad this year going through all that and the way you guys fought, or is it
what you expected?
We’re always known for having a bunch of hard-nosed guys that just want to play football. So we also have the mentality of next man up. So whenever there’s constant injuries like we’ve suffered this year, which happens. It happens all the time. It’s football. We know that our second or third-string guys, we’re always putting them in position ready to play. Coach P (Patterson) says the ones, twos, threes, fours, fives, all the same, same level of intensity, attention to detail. So by doing it in that manner, he’s preparing guys that maybe aren’t expecting to play at the end of the year to get ready, which in this case as we experienced this season, they need to be ready. They came in whenever we needed it.
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