Tech determined to get creative with new fleet of small receivers

During Texas Tech’s first week of preseason practice, the Red Raiders have worked on a variety of ways to get the ball to their small, quick receivers — especially slot receivers such as Jakeem Grant and Javares McRoy and flanker Javon Bell. Every day, the offense mixes in sweep handoffs, reverses, short flip passes to receivers motioning through the backfield and so on.

When the A-J's Nick Kosmider brought up the subject to Tech coach Tommy Tuberville after Thursday's practice, Tuberville got enthusiastic talking about it.

“My gosh, we looked fast out there today,” Tuberville said. “I would hope everybody saw how much quicker we looked from that position, all the inside receivers. We’re going to have a lot of options, knock on wood, and we’ll be able to do a lot of things with the offense.”

The 5-foot-6, 163-pound Grant and the 5-8, 167-pound McRoy both redshirted last year — McRoy's being a forced sit-out after he transferred from Florida — so there were fewer options for receiver sweeps and end-arounds. Bell (6-0, 180) also is new, coming from a Mississippi community college.

Tuberville called Bell “the fastest guy out here.”

So Tuberville thinks there are more chances to be creative. When I asked Tuberville how many receiver sweeps, end-arounds, wildcat plays and so on he'd like to run per game, he said seven to 10.

“We did a little last year,” Tuberville said, “but we weren’t very good at it, because when we put one guy in, everybody kind of knew what was going on. Now you’ve got guys that are going to be in the regular rotation, so you can’t tell when we’re going to run something like that.”

During Thursday’s 11-on-11 team period, the offense used a flea-flicker to get a touchdown pass to flanker Darrin Moore.
Tuberville said that was the sort of thing that drove him nuts during his days as a defensive coordinator.

“I hated people to do things that weren’t structured, that looked like they were trying to trick you,” he said. “What they’re trying to do is just trying to make you think a little bit and open up gaps in the defense.

“We’ve got to find ways to use the little guys that can really run, but they want to play. They’re physical. They’re not guys that shy away from contact. We’ll be a little bit different in terms of what we do with those speed guys.”

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marching orders

Wasn't it nice when we didn't have to change the jersey number of good guys like Jacob Karam to trick teams like Baylor to trick our way to a score to lower the 66 to whatever loss? Wasn't it nice when trick plays, and I am only referring to the flea flicker discussed, were hardly ever used, if at all in a season? You know, back when we had this guy who would just line it up and go, and just say stop this if you can! I think our trick play back then was not punting. You know, back in the day with jam-packed crowds from start to finish believing they were never out of a game screaming their lungs out for a team wearing black or scarlet, not white! And not pretending organizationally and in the front office to be a deep South stockpile of multi-star elite talent just waiting to happen.

Note, the apparent marching orders to the local and Tech focused sports media is to emphasize how "enthusiastic" Tubs this time around, just pay attention to articles and radio....very much a concentrated theme over and above the norm.


Go Romney

Can't wait till November.


Excited for the season to start!

It's going to be fun watching these guys play. We'll be more explosive on offense and stronger on defense. Not saying we're going to win the conference but there will be improvement.



Check your facts, Karams jersey was torn in practice before the game and had to swap numbers.

Tech is stock piling talent, check 2011 and 2012 signing classes on rivals scout espn or 247 sports.

Trick plays are nothing more than a gimmick like the air raid, something difficult to prepare for, and it's not like a reverse is a taboo play. Perhaps you should stick to supporting Mike Leach, rather than tech, because you're a terrible tech fan.


Guns Up!

Excited for the upcoming year. I plan to go to as many games as I can this year. I love my Raiders. Wreck Em!



i agree. You know it sucks to read a article & scroll down to read a comment thats so irrelevant to the subject. It very encouraging to read that the offense has added more talent & another dimension to the offense.


Ah......just ignore them.

There are a few posters on here like LODOTX that don't make sense and aren't taken seriously. They just try to rile people up to get attention. I'm sure every school/team has a few haters like this.


Dont worry, Everybody knows

Dont worry, Everybody knows who they are....Factsrfacts, coyote, feaco, red & lodotx and they are irrelevant to any discussion on here. They are the loudmouth 2% haters and noone takes them seriously

Go Tech

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