"They both go," Pledger said. "They go after it."
Hield said Pledger made the freshman aware that they haven't been able to leave a mark on the Sooners program and they need this to be the year that it changes.
Hield called it a learning process. It's something that's being built — brick-by-brick. That's what Kruger is known for doing with programs — that's what he did at UNLV and the four other programs before that he helped rebuild.
Within four years of taking over those five programs, Kruger led them to winning seasons — and all to an eventual 20-win season.
That's also how Grooms knows this season will be different from the last three. They have the pieces — the big guys, the athletic ability, the defense. Now, all they need to do is start to showing everyone just how Kruger's tools helped.
"You want to be a part of something that is rebuilding," Grooms said. "You don't want to be a part of something that's always been there.
"I was looking the other day that we had a 15-16 season last year. With the ability we have, we can get above 20 this year. That's a point guard's dream. I want to win 20 games. I want us to win.
"It's like a dream."