Kansas City, Mo. -- Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich joined defensive end Trevor Johnson and quarterback Jammal Lord in Kansas City at the 2003 Big 12 Football Media Days. The following are selected transcripts from the press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Head Coach Frank Solich
On the adjustments of having a new coaching staff:
"There is a lot to be said for continuity, and of course the staff that we had has won a lot of football games and did a lot of great things. Football is an ever changing sport. It is not the same today as it was five years ago. You have to look at what is best for your football team, and I felt that some changes needed to be made. I feel very good about the coaches that we have now."

On Jammal Lord throwing the ball more:
"I am not sure how much more we are going to be throwing if we are going to complete 47 percent of our passes. We would like to balance out our offense as much as we can. It is obvious in this day and age that defenses are going to be able to stop one-dimensional offenses. We want to make sure that we can throw the football and throw it well. I think Jammal has the kind of arm where he is able to do that. You do not have to have a strong arm to be a successful throwing quarterback. We just need to make good decisions with the ball and get it to the right people."

On having the tailbacks to run power football:
"We have the type of tailbacks that can get in the crease than we are going to get things done. You do not have to be a 230 pound tailback. There is no question that I would like to have one of those, but I do have some good athletes in that position. I feel comfortable with that group of tailbacks and what they are able to do."

On using the element of surprise in the first game of the season:
"I think there will be a surprise in terms of what our packages will be on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. This is a very competitive business, and I am sure that Oklahoma State will not just show up and see what happens. They are probably gathering film from the Green Bay Packers and New Mexico State, but I am not just going to hand them what we are doing. I want to make sure I have as much of an advantage as I can."

Quarterback Jammal Lord
On the upcoming year:
"Everything will be different when it comes to the offense. Our turns and plays will be different with a lot more wrinkles and an emphasis on the using the option more. We?ve been throwing high percentage passes, post patterns, out patterns to better complement our running game. Everyday our receivers have been out there running patterns, practicing routes, and as a team we?re looking good right now. Just watch, this is going to be a different team with a different attitude, everything is going to be different this year."

Defensive End Trevor Johnson
On last year:
"Sure, we?re going to look at the rear view mirror occasionally, but we?re the type of team that will look towards the future and not the past. Last year was something to real hard to take; we didn?t play as hard as we needed to. We had, and still have a lot of talent, but this year we?re bigger, faster, and stronger. We?re working on the weaknesses to help make us better."

On the upcoming year:
"Coach has really got us to work on our basic fundamentals of defense and playing more physically sound. Expectations might not be high around the country, but around this Nebraska football team expectations are real high."

On the first game vs. Oklahoma State:
"We?re not putting circles around any team. We definitely want to play well against them, and we definitely got to be ready for them."