Texas Tech noseguard Rika Levi is day to day, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday, with the right knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s season opener against Central Arkansas.
“It wasn’t as bad as initially thought, which was good,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re going to brace him up and see how he’s feeling. But he’s day to day as of right now.”
Levi got hurt on his fifth play, a fourth-and-1 in Tech territory in the first quarter.
“I don’t know if he’ll be back this Saturday,” Kingsbury said, “but by all accounts it wasn’t near as bad as they first thought, so very soon.”
Senior Jackson Richards is the starting noseguard. With Levi down, Marcus Smith could pick up more snaps in a backup role or second-team defensive tackle Keland McElrath could be used more. Smith and McElrath are both junior-college transfers who made their Tech debuts in the 42-35 victory.
Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt also mentioned sophomore Anthony Smith and junior Donte Phillips as interior defensive linemen who need to step up.