August 25, 2009

Bible ready to make a run at state

The long wait is over.

Denton (Texas) Guyer defensive tackle Taylor Bible is finally back on the field, and all is right with the world.

"It was absolutely amazing. Words can't describe how I felt," said Bible of finally putting on the pads and banging around in the trenches this week.

The Rivals100 prospect was sidelined following a post-season surgery on his left shoulder, and was forced to watch as the Wildcats went through spring drills. However, he never quit working, focusing his energy to what he could do in the weight room and reviewing video in the film room.

Against Midlothian on Saturday, Bible was able to finally unleash against a real live opponent.

"It felt great. I missed it so much," he said. "When I first started playing I was a little timid because I haven't been able to go against an actual varsity line. After a couple of plays I got back into it full tilt."

Now that he is up to speed, he and his Guyer teammates are ready for their Week 0 match-up at Carrollton Newman Smith.

"I'm ready to get it done," Bible said. "We've done the work and everything we possibly can to get ready for this. We're just going to take it one week at a time, and that's our motto for this year 'win this week'.

"Our coach was talking about state on Friday and he told us that's the last time he's going to talk about it because that's thinking too far ahead. That's the ultimate goal but next week is going to be the foundation for that goal."

A championship may be the ultimate goal, but in order for that to happen the Wildcats also know it is going to take more than a team to get there.

"As a team we want to win district, go to the playoffs, a deep playoff run, win state, and that's just winning and stuff," said Bible. "But, what we really want as a team is that family bond. You know that really good feeling when you're around your friends and your coaches and you're just together and nobody can break that apart. You would do anything for them and they would do anything for you. That's the ultimate and as a matter of fact it's more important than state. "

As a player, Bible has a few goals for himself.

"I want to be a guy if things are getting tough people can look up to me and I can help them out," Bible said. "Try to be a leader on the team and not necessarily tell people what to do but lead by example."

In order to prepare for those tough times, Bible and the Wildcat team, have put themselves through a rigorous workout regimen.

"This is what our Strength and Conditioning coach told us like football out on the field is what you learn out there," Bible said. "In the weight room it's a different mentality that gets you ready for the fourth quarter. Even after the fourth quarter - conditioning, the stamina (and) the strength you can just pull out and use to beat everybody. So we're just taking that weight room philosophy and saying we work out hard, probably harder than you do, and we're going to show you how much harder we work out than you."

Bible remains firmly committed to the Texas Longhorns and talks on a weekly basis with coach Mike Tolleson, Mack Brown, and Bobby Kennedy. He has also kept in regular contact with several of his future Longhorn teammates..

"I talk to Darius Terrell one day because I was watching ESPN and he was on there for the 7-on-7 tournament in Oregon they were having," Bible said. "I saw that so I said let me see what Darius is doing, so I talked to him for a little bit. He was just telling me how they're getting ready for the season and working out and how they're going to do really good this year."

Bible was one of the first prospects to commit to Texas in February over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma St., and Texas Tech. He is currently ranked No. 80 in the Rivals100, No. 5 among defensive tackles, No. 8 in the Preseason Texas Top 100, and No. 5 in the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.

As a junior, Bible was named AP 4A honorable mention all-state, TSWA third-team 4A All-State, and First-Team 5-4A after tallying 88 tackles and five sacks.

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