Absence of Amaro, Ontiveros exposes Tech shortage at TE, FB

Texas Tech has shown some signs of improvement in the running game this season, but the Red Raiders were caught short with tight end Jace Amaro and fullback Omar Ontiveros both out of the lineup Saturday against Texas.

There aren’t many body types on the roster like Amaro, listed at 6-foot-5 and 257 pounds, and Ontiveros, a converted defensive end who goes 6-1 and 236.

“We tried to recruit tight ends last year,” Tuberville said. “There’s not many in this state high school-wise, because people run the spread and there are just very few.”

Tuberville said the Red Raiders are recruiting junior-college tight ends at the moment and plan to sign a fullback.

“We’ve got to get a fullback, whether it’s junior college or a lot of times you take running backs and they grow up to be bigger guys that can play fullback, kind of like Kenny (Williams). That was one area we knew we were going to be short on in terms of big guys for the run, whether at tight end or fullback.”

Amaro got hurt in the Oct. 6 West Virginia game and has missed three games since. Ontiveros suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Oct. 27 Kansas State game. 

When Tech used two-back sets Saturday, Eric Stephens took on his role.

“Eric did pretty good, but he doesn’t have the lead that (Ontiveros has),” Tuberville said. “He’s a little more shifty, but it’s a lot easier to push a linebacker out of the hole when you’re 230 than it is when you’re 200.

“But I think we’ll get better at that, and we’re going to have to get better. We’re still going to have to run two or three backs, and we’re still going to have to run our big sets.”

 

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It's Called Coaching For a Reason . . .

Coach Tuberville, you've known for the past few weeks that Amaro has been injured and Ontiveros is out for the season. How about a little creative coaching. Use a back-up lineman or linebacker at fullback in short yardage situations. You have some healthy players that have fullback experience.

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It's Called Coaching for a Reason (Part 2) . . .

Please get some help with your game clock management. There are some beginner's courses. One resource you might want to check out -- "Game Clock Management for Coaching Dummies."

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It's Called Coaching for a Reason (Part 3) . . .

Please be a little more creative in the play calling. The idea is for the defense NOT to know what you are going to run, especially in crucial short yardage situations and in the Red Zone.

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yada yada yada....

The excuses never end!

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Dont forget Marquez and Bell

In addition to Amaro, we lost 2 other quality spark plugs in Marquez and Bell. Having them at the beginning of the year stretched the field for Doege and Moore, Ward.

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FB???

Ha ha! FB, really!! Who uses a FB anymore? This is not 1995! OMG! I'm with dts. Excuses are not only getting old, but are very comical. @ Jeremy, in case you weren't aware, at the beginning of the season, Tech could have spread the field with Zoo at QB, Adam (baby) James, and Drew Pearson (present age) at WR.

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