Tech RB corps still hurting, thin after OSU game

Texas Tech’s running back depth this week might be similar to what it was late in the Red Raiders’ 45-44 loss Saturday at Oklahoma State.

Justin Stockton (chest contusion) will miss Saturday’s game at Iowa State, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday, and Da’Leon Ward (head injury) and DeMarcus Felton (high ankle injury) are questionable. 

“We’ll keep finding bodies to put in there,” Kingsbury said. “You’ve just got to be creative at that point. A lot of people are in that same position this time of year, and just have to be creative, move some people around and continue to make it work.”

Ward didn’t travel to Oklahoma State, and when Stockton and Felton both got hurt during the game, the Red Raiders played the late stages with fullback Quinton White taking over as the primary ball carrier.

White managed only 12 yards with his season-high seven carries and 7 yards on three receptions, but did score the game’s last touchdown with 1:44 left.

Kingsbury said Ward, who had 45 carries for 191 yards the previous two games, should return to practice at mid-week.

“We’ll see if he’s able to play,” Kingsbury said.

He said Felton would try to jog Monday and see how the ankle responds.

Stockton and Felton each had three starts through the first six games. Felton lost the job to Ward and got only one carry in the previous three games, but when Ward got hurt, Felton carried 10 times for 60 yards at OSU.

“He did a good job,” Kingsbury said. “He found it (the hole). He was hitting it. We just moved the ball better. I don’t know if we were blocking better or not, but we were definitely more productive once he got in the game.”


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