Texas linebacker Peter Jinkens. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Questions, answers from Peter Jinkens on the Big 12 race, defense and Jerrod Heard T-shirts

Posted September 21st, 2015

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Selected highlights from linebacker Peter Jinkens’ interview with the media today:

Coach Strong said the goal is still to win the Big 12 championship? Do you really feel like that’s attainable heading into Big 12 play?

I feel like its attainable. I feel like if we play like we did in the fourth quarter this past week, we’ll do just fine.

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How much confidence did that fourth quarter give the team?

A lot of confidence. Usually when we are down 21 points, everybody like hangs their head and feels like we already lost. But this weekend I saw the fight and the fire inside everybody’s eyes. We were hungry and we really wanted to win that game.

How did you help Nick Rose get through that Saturday night?

I told him to just keep his head up. Things like this happen in life. You just gotta make sure they don’t happen again. I know him personally and I know that he’s really hurt. As a team, we have to rally around him.

How different is this team right now from three weeks ago against Notre Dame?

It’s real different. I think now we are starting to take things more to heart. They’re starting to get us more. As a team we’re expecting more out of each other and expecting everybody to do their jobs.

Do you look at where the defense is in the national rankings?

Nope. I don’t pay no mind to that.

People aren’t expecting you to be good at defense anymore at Texas. Does that bother you or fire you up?

It doesn’t bother me. People can talk all they want to, but until they are actually on the field it doesn’t matter what they say.

How infectious is (Jerrod Heard) when he’s out there?

He’s very infectious. He’s a playmaker, all-around. If you need something, he’s the guy. I’m going to start something — “In Heard we trust.” Just to let y’all know. I started that. That was all me.

Gonna get T-shirts made?

No, I ain’t doing that. I ain’t no groupie.

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