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December 25, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Sunday night notes — Teams back to work, and Baylor loses a defensive end

Both Washington and Baylor were back to work today, beginning their full preparation for Thursday’s Alamo Bowl game in San Antonio.

I’m on my way down there later tonight so I don’t have any in-person reports.

But there was a little news from the Baylor side.

Specifically, it was announced that defensive end Tevin Elliott, who is second in the team in tackles-for-a-loss with eight, will miss the game with a knee injury.

— You can watch some videos of Baylor’s interviews here and find all of them collected here.

— You can also read some of what Baylor coach Art Briles, QB Robert Griffin III and linebacker Ellliot Coffey had to say here.

Here are some of the key quotes:

Baylor coach Art Briles:

On how his team looked at practice: “We were all on time and ready to go this morning and that’s really all you can ask for. What we really have to do is stay hungry. We don’t really feel like we’ve arrived yet, because we are still trying to prove ourselves on the field.”
On their demeanor compared to last year’s bowl game (a 38-14 loss to Illinois): “Last year we went to a bowl game after not finishing the year strongly, this year we are coming into the Valero Alamo Bowl after finishing really strongly, so it is a whole different mentality. Our level of expectation is completely different this year and now we have to quit talking and start chalking. Let’s put it on the board and play.”
On Robert Griffin III coming off the Heisman Tour: “Robert is a guy you don’t have to worry about. He is glad to be back to some type of normalcy, because it was a pretty hectic week. But we will take hectic every year if we can. It was a great thrill and honor for both Griffin III and Baylor University Football Team.”
On Tevin Elliott being injured: “Tevin being injured does effect the rest of the team. He has a spark, so when he is gone, that spark is taken away. He makes plays and has a good instinct, so him being out is a concern. He is a big time player that make big time plays, but that’s why we have a lot of guys on the team. So they have to be ready to go and step in.”
On the Washington Huskies: “Washington is a good football team. They are aggressive offensively, and run the ball well with Chris Polk. They are dangerous with the quarterback, Keith Price. Defensively, they play with a lot of attitude and a tough demeanor. Thursday is going to be a war. Washington wouldn’t be playing in the Valero Alamo Bowl if they weren’t any good.”
Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III
On being back at practice: “Someone said my smile was back, because it feels good to be back out here with my team playing football. I’m excited to be here in San Antonio to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl.”
On the last few weeks: “It’s been pretty crazy. When great things happen, people want to talk to you. It is bringing a lot of attention to Baylor, that’s the way I look at it. If I was doing all this just for myself, I would have quit a long time ago.”
On the team’s work ethic: “We are lot more focused this year, compared to last year’s bowl game. That shows on the practice field, because we came out here and had a great practice today. We are looking to go out and get a victory, so we are willing to do whatever we have to. We play like we have nothing to lose, that’s why we’ve been on the winning streak and we are going to continue to do that.”
On practicing on Christmas: “We had a team prayer after practice and I told them that I couldn’t be out here with a better group of guys. They are my family, so I don’t mind being out here with them on Christmas. We haven’t gotten any gifts yet, but I think we will get a big gift on Dec. 29th.”
Baylor Linebacker Elliot Coffey

On preparing for Washington: “Washington has a great running back and a great quarterback. They also have a big tight end and a very active offensive line. We understand the tendency to run the same play with different personnel, so we have to make sure we won’t get psyched out and know it’s the same play.”
On playing in front of a full house at the Alamodome: “It is excited to not only play in a game this big, but to sell it to capacity. We are all excited to play in front of a heavy amount of Baylor fans and show them what we have. Even though our home crowd is usually only 40,000, they are very loud and they sound like 80,000. So, I don’t think it will be much different playing in front of 65,000.”

— Also, here is a Baylor depth chart from before the Texas game, which I think other than Elliot is the same as it will be for the Alamo Bowl (or close). Note the size of Baylor’s offensive line, which goes 330, 315, 320, 300 and 300 from left to right. That has to be the biggest — on paper, anyway — that UW has faced all season.

— Finally, here’s news about a pep rally scheduled for Tuesday night for both teams.

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