I watched some videotape last week of Texas Tech recruit Cody Hayes, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman from Fort Worth Eastern Hills and came away thinking he could be the sleeper of the Red Raiders’ class. On the video, he looked athletic, rangy, aggressive, everything you want.
Co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said Tech coaches loved Hayes when he came to their satellite camp last June inLancaster. He committed in the summer, but sure enough, other schools tried to steal him away at the end.
Going into national signing day, Texas Tech had 19 pledges and was keeping its fingers crossed on several additional players who were publicly not committed anywhere. One of those players that you might not have read as much about who signed with the Red Raiders early Wednesday is wide receiver DeMarquis (D.J.) Polite-Bray from Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King High School.
College football's national signing period began at 7 a.m. today, and Texas Tech had nine recruits fax in their letters of intent in the first hour.
Three of those were players who were uncommitted going into signing day — wide receiver D.J. Polite-Bray and linebacker Jacarthy Mack, teammates at Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, Ga., and offensive tackle Poet Thomas from Detroit (Mich.) Country Day.
According to Tech,the first player to fax his letter was defensive end Demetrius Alston from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville fielded a couple of questions Monday about run calls on third-and-long, a circumstance that's had Red Raiders fans grousing at offensive coordinator Neal Brown this year.
Tech faced third-and-6 or longer 11 times Saturday in a 59-21 loss at Oklahoma State. On those occasions, Tech quarterbacks completed 3 of 9 passes with an interception, a sack, two other quarterback pressures and a touchdown.
The chances of inside receiver Javares McRoy suiting up again for Texas Tech appear dim. McRoy is suspended from the team, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Monday.
McRoy, a 5-foot-8, 167-pound redshirt freshman, played in only one game this season, catching a pass for 3 yards. He has not practiced with the team for weeks.
Beal said the suspension actually came some time ago, but he removed McRoy from the roster just in the last couple of days.
"He is suspended from the football team," Beal said. "He is still on campus."
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville on Monday named safety D.J. Johnson the team's defensive player of the week and inside receiver Tyson Williams and tackle LaAdrian Waddle as offensive players of the week.
Johnson was credited with a game-high 10 tackles.
Tuberville said Williams and Waddle "had the best game that they've had since they've been here."
Texas Tech's Nov. 24 regular-season finale against Baylor has been set for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by FOX (channel 34; Suddenlink Cable channel 10).
That means of the Red Raiders' nine Big 12 Conference games, the last eight will all be day games.
"I wish we could have had at least one or two games at night here," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "I love on the road playing where you can get up and go play (earlier)." ... I think college football is better in the daytime. I think your fans are a lot more active when you're at home at night."
Texas Tech’s Nov. 17 game at Oklahoma State has been set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff with FSN (Suddenlink Cable channel 20) providing television coverage. The announcement was made Monday.
It will be the sixth time in seven games that Tech has played at 2:30 p.m. The Red Raiders have played five 2:30 p.m. games in a row and will host Kansas at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Backup center Jared Kaster got pressed into service unexpectedly Saturday, but held up during a drive on which Tech scored its first touchdown.
Kaster is a second-semester freshman who, this time last year, was playing at Class 2A Rice Consolidated. He went in for several plays early when senior center Deveric Gallington turned an ankle.
“He was in all six plays, we drive down and score,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It gave him some confidence of going in and playing.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said junior linebacker Terrance Bullitt will need shoulder surgery again at some point. Bullitt missed the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game.
The Red Raiders didn’t have him during an eight-play drive on which Texas scored its final touchdown and a nine-play drive on which the Longhorns ran out the clock. They used all rushing plays on the latter.