Kingsbury: Marquez had good month, Grant 'needed to grow up a little bit, practice better'

SAN DIEGO -- Texas Tech flanker Bradley Marquez’s pass-catching numbers dropped off in the second half of the season, but Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury singled out Marquez when asked Saturday who’d impressed him during December Holiday Bowl practices.

“We’ve moved him around a little bit from the slot to the outside, and he’s had a great December,” Kingsbury said. “I expect him to have a really good game, and I expect Jakeem (Grant) to play a bigger role than he did in our last game.”

Marquez started in Grant’s place at inside receiver for the regular-season finale against Texas, and Grant played as a backup but didn’t catch a pass. That was odd for a guy who caught 59 passes for 707 yards and five touchdowns.

Kingsbury said Grant “just needed to grow up a little bit and needed to practice better and make sure that he showed up focused and ready to go every day.”

Marquez has moved back to flanker during practices for Monday’s game against Arizona State. He has 46 catches, 566 yards and five TDs.

 

 

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