Bennett Ofor was in the Texas Tech defensive line rotation from the beginning of the game Saturday at Oklahoma, meaning the transfer from Midwestern State got his most significant playing time so far.
He came in mostly on passing downs for Dennell Wesley and lined up at noseguard.
It might have been because the Red Raiders needed another body with Dartwan Bush out with a sprained knee. And it might be a sign of Ofor’s development.
“A little bit of both,” defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said. “Bennett’s a high-motor kid. That’s not been Dennell’s forte, as far as rushing the passer.
“We’re just trying to keep guys fresh and rotate the front as much as we can. We tried to put him in a position to have success and give Dennell a breather in those passing-type situations.”
Ofor is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound junior from Friendswood Clear Brook, where he was a four-year starter and first-team all-District 24-5A as a senior. He played in eight games two years ago as a redshirt freshman at Midwestern State.
“He runs hard. He goes a hundred miles an hour,” defensive line coach John Scott Jr. said. “A guy like that, you’ve got to get him on the field somehow in certain situations, and that’s what we did Saturday. When he was in there, he did a really nice job for us.”