Heavner Leads Quarterback Race

April 13, 2004

Head Coach Mike Stoops:

On sophomore quarterback Kris Heavner:

'We just wanted to put Kris [Heavner] in there with the ones he's shown the most consistency throughout the first couple of scrimmages. We just want to have some continuity with the offense going into the last week of the spring. Obviously the position is still very open and we are going to give them all opportunities we gave all them an opportunity today, but we the reps with the ones to Kris, because he's shown the most consistency to move our football team.'

On Junior Nic Costa quarterback:

'Nic [Costa] has shown some consistency and some improvement at quarterback so we are going to keep him there throughout the spring anyhow and if he's not the number two we will definitely give him the opportunity to position himself somewhere else.'

On Texas Assistant Head Coach Dick Tomey:

'It was great. The coach has done a lot for this program. They set a great standard back when they played defense. I've always had a great respect for great defense. They set a number of records when he was here. It was very good to have him around and around some of the guys he's coached and recruited. Good impact on our players.'

--Former UA Head Coach Dick Tomey who is now with the University of Texas visited practice at Stoop's invitation. He is in town for his son Rich's wedding.

Sophomore Kris Heavner:

On the Spring Game:

'Oh yeah, our fans will be there. It'll be great time for us. Get the lights on and get the football attitude back.'

On being named the leader of the quarterback race:

'Oh yeah, we all know that we have to compete hard. That's all we can do is get better. It's their decision. I know that if I get the chance it was up to me and with new coaches I had to go out and compete hard.'

Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales:

On the decision and process to name Kris Heavner leader:

'It's a process that started from day one. We had to make a decision this week going into the last week. We wanted to establish someone as the guy. So the kids could get around him and he came become the leader. '

How Kris Heavner was determined the leader:

'The bottom line is we looked at all scrimmages, all the team-against-team when we competed against the defense in a live situation, who moved the chains, they've heard me say that, whichever quarterback moves the chains is going to be the guy. We felt that Kris [Heavner] had done that he had moved the team and done some good things in that spot. He understands that the race isn't over, but he understands it's his and he can keep it. He has three guys behind him that all feel they should be the number one guy- and it should be that way. Each of them should feel like it's their job...I think they all have the right idea.'

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