D.J. Monroe: I had some gnats coming in. Probably because I hadn't worked out. It's been a month since I worked out, but I came through. I've been having great practices so far.
IT: Have this week's practices revealed any particular areas in which you need to improve?
Monroe: Maybe backpedaling. I'll probably have it by the end of the week. That's about it.
IT: What can Texas fans expect out of you in Saturday's game?
Monroe: I'm going to come out and show them what I got. Either way it goes, I'm going to come out on top. That's how I feel. You're not going to get the better of me. You might score a touchdown. You might get a big play. It's not going to stop me from playing my hardest.
IT: What are your expectations for next season?
Monroe: I don't think I'll get redshirted. If I do, I won't be upset or anything. Actually, I plan on going to play.
IT: What did you think of Texas beating Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl?
Monroe: It was awesome. I was expecting them to win. I just wanted to see what my boy Colt was going to do. He came up and had a pretty good game.
IT: Of the other Texas commitments here, which player has impressed you the most this week?
Monroe: I've got to give it to Justin Tucker. He's awesome. I've never, never ever seen a kicker that small pretty much. I wouldn't lie. He's sweet. Seventy-yard field goals? You've got to be serious. He's got heart. He's got the heart of a lion actually. I understand him a whole lot. We have little things in common.
IT: You and Dan Buckner have matched up against each other frequently this week. What are your thoughts on him?
Monroe: He's hilarious. You wouldn't think that Dan would take anything serious, but when it comes to football, he keeps it real legit.