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December 23, 2012The Oregon State football team landed in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday evening in advance of the Valero Alamo Bowl. Coach Mike Riley and several players spoke to the media about the upcoming match-up with Texas as they get ready for next Saturday's game.
Head Coach Mike Riley
On Topic: Being Back in San Antonio
"It feels great, we are really, really proud to bring the Oregon State Beavers to the Alamo Bowl. We appreciate Valero, you know I've known about that company for a long time and we appreciate all the sponsors and we are proud to be playing the Longhorns. I really admire and respect (University of Texas) Coach (Mack) Brown and he's one of the great guys in our profession so all of it combined, my personal opinion of this part of the country and for the city of San Antonio and the opportunity to play in this great game against the University of Texas, we're very excited to be here."
Cornerback Jordan Poyer
On Topic: Mindset of Being in a Bowl Game
"Definitely excited to be here, excited for the opportunity and excited to spend time with my teammates. It's going to be fun, we're excited and ready to go."
On Topic: Challenges of Texas Offense
"Very athletic, strong backs. Quarterback (David) Ash is a good quarterback. As far as receivers, they're very athletic and speedy. Number 84 (Marquise Goodwin), he ran a 10.2 in the hundred and he's fast so we're going to have to be on our best game, they're going to be the best team that we play all season."
Quarterback Cody Vaz
On Topic: Being Named Starting Quarterback
"I'm just really excited. I just got the word from Coach Langs (Offensive Coordinator Danny Langsdorf) on Saturday morning so I'm just looking forward to the opportunity, it will be a lot of fun.
On Topic: The Flight from Oregon
"It wasn't too bad. We were supposed to get here about an hour ago, we were a little late. It was a good trip, everybody's excited and ready to go."
On Topic: Challenges from Texas
"They're a good defense, they've got great athletes and they've got really good players at all positions so it will be a challenge for us."