Q & A Session Today we sit down with Texas QB Scott Felder along with Florida QB Brandon McCloud via skype conference. First talk about your first two seasons. What has it been like for you? I’m from the great state of Texas, so I never intended to play anywhere else but in Austin. I’ve loved my time here, the weather is great, the women are hot, the fans are awesome and Coach has fulfilled all his promises to me during my recruitment. This year’s offense is built to allow me to direct it using my skills as a runner and a thrower, and it’s been a lot of fun so far. My top 4 WR’s (Ingram, Allen, Skinner and Wheeler) all came to Texas together 4 years ago and we’ve all dreamed of this year, where we get a chance to play together and put up some big wins. On the field, obviously I’m disappointed that I was injured last season and I can’t help but think what might have been had I been there to help my guys against the Seminoles. To have our team lose by only 7 with a true freshman QB at the helm was heartbreaking to the guys. I honestly thought we had FSU this year, and if Antoine Bell could have hung onto the ball in the last minute, we’d be in the driver seat for a title shot. We’re now just trying to plug along, take it week by week, and see if we can’t win our way back into the mix. Scott coming off surgery from last year and having played in 5 games to date, how is the body? Everyone always worries that I’m too slight to play in a spread option offense, being only about 195 pounds. I’m not built like a tank, but I think I’m pretty good at taking a shot and so far so good. After missing more than half of last season with an injury, someone’s going to have to rip my arms or legs off to keep me off the field this year. Coach Dru new offensive scheme has spread out the Longhorns even more this year and then given you some opportunities to run some option. How do you like this system and what is something that you can improve on? I love the system we’re running this year. I prefer to have the pressure on myself to direct the offense, and in this system I come to the line with the option to check to run or pass, to check WR routes and adjust anything else I think I need to. This offense is all about the big play, since we expect most of our opponents to play base defensive looks against our 4 and 5 wide sets, most of our pass reads are for me to hit one of the WR’s 15-25 yards downfield. I think I’ve done a good job this year of mixing up the playcalling and spreading the ball around to my weapons. The thing I need to work on is that sometimes I need to just tuck it and run when my first 2-3 reads aren’t there, most of my picks this year have been from bad passes when I got hit as I was releasing the ball. Do you feel yourself playing in the shadow of Garret Gilbert because of the success that he had as a Lonhorn? Well, Garrett won a BCS title and the conference title in one of his two years as a starter, and the year the team didn’t win, he broke all the school passing records and won the O’Brien award. Ultimately, my teammates and I know that we will be judged by titles. We won the Big 12 last year, and hope to do so again. All I know is that we are all praying for another shot at the Seminoles this season. The one thing that I will always have bragging rights over Garrett on is that I’m the only one of us with an unblemished record against the Sooners. Who do you like competing against or which team do you want to play against? I love competing against whoever is in the opposite color jersey, I don’t really have a preference. Like I said in a previous question, I want another shot at FSU. How do you want to be remembered during your career as a Longhorn? Hopefully as a winner, if we can climb back into the race for the BCS title. I’d also like to be known as a great teammate by the guys I go to war with every week. ----------------------------- Brandon, talk about the last 2 years yourself and what it means to be a senior for the Gators It has been a strange ride for my career but I've enjoyed my time at the University of Florida. Getting to sit on sidelines behind Jordan (Reed) was tough but I learned a lot as a football player. The Gators always seem to run the table but that 1 loss comes at the most inopportune time, why do you think that happens? better yet how do you get over that "hump" Last season was tough because we got all the way to the championship but couldn't get the job done. The team seems to struggle in general against FSU and we can't seem to get in a groove on offense. The key to getting over the hump will be avoiding turnovers. This season we have done a good job of limiting turnovers so that culd be beneficial down the road. How are you preparing Ron Washington in case the 2015 season isn't locked out? 2015 will be a battle between Ron and Marques (Douglas). Marques will be a senior going into next season so he will be the early favorite to get the starting job. Both quarterbacks have been strong in practice and I'm confident they will get the job done after I graduate. Florida has had a few Heisman winners in their day do you think you can add another to the total? I don't like to think about the Heisman. At Florida we are more concerned with team achievements. My goal is to stay healthy and make sure my team keeps winning. We all know that the Gators want a win against the Noles, but who else do the Gators foam at the mouth for? Of course Alabama? Yeah we always enjoy the matches against Bama. They have given us fits the past couple seasons and we were lucky to steal a win in the last meeting. The match with the Tide also determines who wins the conference, so it is our most important game nearly every season. The USC game was such a good ball game and a heartbreaking loss, do you all feel like running the table and creating your own destiny? The game was tremendous as a fan, but as a player it was a tough loss. We played our hearts out but couldn't seal the win. As for the rest of the season, we have too many challenges to worry about a title shot. We are taking it one game at a time and not worrying about our bowl berth at this time. ---------------------------- It was a pleasure meeting both of you and good luck with the rest of the year and your future endeavors and hopefully we will meet up again.