Tech sophomore Summitt Hogue from Frenship and true freshman Collin Bowen from Randall recently were switched to the Raider outside linebacker position, Hogue from safety and Bowen from quarterback.
“I think it’s more the position for him, just athletic-wise,” co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith said of Hogue. “He’s doing a good job. He’s a tough kid. I’d like to welcome him to the room because he plays hard.”
Hogue (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) has four tackles this season, one behind the line.
Bowen (6-3, 205) was the District 3-4A offensive most valuable player each of the last two years at quarterback. In both his junior and senior seasons, he topped 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing.
Smith said he projected Bowen as an outside linebacker prospect from the time the Red Raiders landed him as a preferred walk-on.
“He’s a kid that’s smart, can run, athletic,” Smith said. “I loved his high-school film. I have a good feeling he’s going to play for this defense down the road.”
Terrance Bullitt is the team’s starting Raider outside linebacker, backed up by Austin Stewart. Stewart suffered an ankle sprain in Tech’s most recent game against Texas State, so Hogue and middle linebacker Micah Awe both took practice reps at that spot in the last week, but Stewart appears likely to play Saturday against Kansas.