"We've just got to make sure we stay on our feet. I think one thing I've been doing myself with some of the tackle I've missed is I've left my feet too early. The one thing (Gibson) tells us is to stay on our feet until we close the separation."
The open week was good for quarterback Clint Trickett's injured throwing arm, but it also helped enhance his ability to communicate through signals with Coach Dana Holgorsen.
"We worked on it and got a lot of it covered last week," Trickett said. "We changed some things, so I think it'll be better for me now."
Trickett said the process was "simplified" so he'd have a better time understanding things and could then communicate them quicker with his teammates.
"We made it easier for me to see certain things as far as certain types of signals and we changed some others up," he said.
Holgorsen was frustrated not only with the trouble connecting with Trickett, but that Trickett hadn't mastered the signaling by the time he earned the starting job. Holgorsen actually subbed Trickett for Paul Millard at times against Baylor to make sure he got the right call in for the play.
"If I don't get the full signal, sometimes I can piece it all together because I know what we've repped in practice and I figure he probably wants this," Trickett said. "If I have no idea what he's talking about, I go up there and try to make something up to try and put the team in the best position."
Trickett didn't practice during the open week, though that was a precaution Holgorsen created. He returned to practice Monday and took all the reps the coaches would give him Tuesday and Wednesday. He said he had an AC sprain of his right shoulder and that the medicine he took before the Baylor helped, but didn't remove the pain.
He said he wasn't close to 100 percent for the game, but he feels like he's as close as he'll get now.
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