Dec. 19, 2008
HEAD COACH Kevin Sumlin
"We are extremely excited about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. For us it is a chance to get more practice, and a chance for some exposure on national television. It is the first game on ESPN on New Year's Eve with no competition. There will be a bunch of people watching and it is a great way to end the season. It is also a chance for our seniors to cap off a career and do something that others haven't done. Not only win every home game and beat two ranked teams, but also have a chance to win a bowl game, the first in 28 years. And for our young guys it's the first game of next season and we have practiced accordingly."
On the workout schedule
"Over the course of the last few weeks we have had some good workouts. Yesterday was the last day of school so we will practice today and through the weekend and Monday. The players will be off Dec. 23-25, and we will come back on Dec. 26 and practice here, and then head up to Fort Worth on Dec. 27."
On the difference in the bowl game and the game on Sept. 13
"Troy Calhoun and I have said the same thing, we are two different teams by this point. Most teams will say this, but we can say this literally because they are playing with a different quarterback, and we had nine different starters in the Rice game than there were in the Air Force game, either because of injuries or replacements. It is a different game, time and different experiences, especially with us being a young team."
SENIOR TIGHT END Mark Hafner
On how important a win in the bowl will be for the team
"It is important for the whole team and it gives the young guys something to strive for, for the next three or four years. And it is exciting for all of us seniors. We want to go out on top."
On his 86 catches and almost 1,000 receiving yards this season
JUNIOR PUNTER Chase Turner
"It has been a fun season. With running a new system and getting new coaches, I think it benefited everyone as a player."
On how to win the bowl game
"The important thing is that I don't play much, if I don't do that I think we are good. The more I sit, the better for the team."
On the punting improving this year
"We got the punting up this year. I worked hard during the off-season. Coach (Tony) Levine put in a lot of time with us and helping us correct our punts."