Lincoln Riley met with the media for his regular game week press conference prior to traveling to Kansas this week:
- Injury Update:
- Neville Gallimore is expected to return this week.
- Jordan Thomas is questionable after suffering a leg injury last week against Oklahoma State.
- Kahlil Houghton has been ruled out for TCU. Haughton suffered an injury against Oklahoma State.
- No injury, but remember Will Johnson will have to sit out the first half after the targeting call against Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter.
- No update on the status of Matt Romar.
- Riley is consistent with his thoughts that the officials made the right calls on Adams’ incomplete pass and the Will Johnson targeting call.
- Riley was very complimentary of TCU, and especially of Gary Patterson. Says that they are one of the best teams in the country and that this is “probably the most complete team” they will have played to this point.
- With the injuries to Jordan Thomas and Kahlil Haughton, Riley hinted that the secondary is “up for grabs” this week. Freshmen Tre Brown, Tre Norwood, and Robert Barnes were on the field together against Oklahoma State. Riley indicated that he expects Parnell Motley to “respond well” after a lackluster Bedlam (said he thought his issues were more mental than anything).
- Riley said that the narrative about the Big 12 defenses is “uneducated”. Mentioned their ability to move the ball on “SEC defenses” and the bowl points given up by the conference last year.
- Riley said that Baker Mayfield is the best quarterback he’s ever coached.
- Just like Ohio State, Riley said that Adams fumble/incomplete pass was not the reason why he didn’t continue to play. He mentioned that Sermon and Anderson got hot and didn’t have a reason to take them off the field.
- With Will Johnson and Kahlil Haughton out (Johnson for the first half), Riley did say there was a concern for depth at that (safety) position.
- Baker Mayfield surprised some people by calling out the fans for Saturday’s game. Mayfield said he wants this game to be the new “Texas Tech Jump Around” game. Riley agreed with that sentiment and said that the fans “are going to be important” and that the fans can have “big impact on the game”.
- Riley was asked about the recruiting weekend, and he said there will be some “good ones” in attendance. Remember the #EmojiScience from last week.
Oklahoma and TCU will kickoff on FOX at 7:00 PM CST on Saturday. The Kansas and Oklahoma kickoff time for next weekend has been put on a six-day hold.