Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Alan Trubow

Bran­don Wee­den, Ok­la­homa State QB Wee­den, a 26-year-old for­mer mi­nor league base­ball player in the New York Yan­kees sys­tem, takes over at quar­ter­back for the de­parted Zac Robin­son.

1. What’s it like be­ing one of the older play­ers in the locker room?

It’s not re­ally much dif­fer­ent. I don’t think a lot of guys re­ally know how old I am, un­less you told them. I’m 26, but I feel like I’m 18. I just try and blend in. I don’t want to be the guy who sticks out.

2. How do you think your ex­pe­ri­ence in pro base­ball will help you?

I think mostly it will help with slow­ing the game down. It’s im­por­tant to slow things down when you get ex­cited. I tell ev­ery­body that I’ve given up plenty of home runs in my day. You do that, you have to step off the mound. It’s the same thing as a quar­ter­back.

3. Do you have enough play­mak­ers?

Yeah, I do. I feel very com­fort­able with those guys. They don’t get a lot of pub. I wish they would. This of­fense is good be­cause it’s short passes and get the ball in space. Justin Black­mon, if he didn’t have an 81 on his jersey, you would think he was Dez (Bryant). Tracy Moore, Justin Hor­ton, those guys in the slot. Ob­vi­ously Josh Cooper, who runs bet­ter routes than any­body I’ve ever seen. We just need more reps.”

4. What was the Colorado game like for you? Were you sur­prised you led the team to a vic­tory?

No, I wasn’t sur­prised. Not to sound cocky, but I kind of ex­pected it. It was kind of my turn and my op­por­tu­nity. Once they told me I was go­ing in at half­time, I was ex­cited. I told the guys around me we were go­ing to win.

5. What’s a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween you at 26 and you at 18?

I don’t take things for granted. I never want to go back and say, ‘What if?’ I start to preach that now. I tell them four years are go­ing to fly by. Don’t take things for granted. Work hard ev­ery day. I can say this be­cause I’m not pitch­ing in the big leagues right now. I didn’t re­ally work as hard as I should have. Look­ing back I think maybe things would be dif­fer­ent. I don’t want to ever have that again.

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