Saturday’s the final home game for Texas Tech senior Sam Eguavoen.
Even better for Eguavoen: It looks as if he’ll be playing in it.
The Red Raiders’ middle linebacker said Monday he’s “a hundred percent” and will be good to go against Oklahoma after he missed the last two games with compartment syndrome in his right calf.
“Had to cut it open and then stitch it back up, let my muscles relax,” Eguavoen said.
Tech will recognize 20 players — 18 seniors and two juniors who are leaving the program early — before Saturday’s game against Oklahoma.
Inside receiver Brad Pearson and cornerback Brandon Bagley, both listed as juniors, are going through the senior day ceremonies.
Pearson has eight career catches, including career highs of three receptions in last year’s Stephen F. Austin game and three more in the Red Raiders’ most recent game against Texas.
He’s scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in energy commerce.
With one weekend’s games remaining in the Canadian Football League regular season, former Plainview and Tech standout Jamar Wall is tied for the CFL lead with six interceptions.
Edmonton linebacker Dexter McCoil, a first-year player from Tulsa, also has six interceptions.
The 26-year-old Wall, in his third season with the Calgary Stampeders, is fourth on the team with 57 tackles.
The Stampeders are 14-3, having clinched the best record in the league and home field for the Western Final on Nov. 23.
The CFL playoffs start Nov. 16, and the Grey Cup is Nov. 30.
Texas Tech lineman Baylen Brown played nearly the entire second half of Saturday’s game against TCU at right tackle after starter Reshod Fortenberry’s back flared up.
The sophomore from San Antonio O’Connor has eight career starts at guard, but none at tackle. And Brown said he hadn’t practiced much at tackle either.
“Just had to adjust on the fly, yeah,” he said.
Brown moved to the flank from his usual right guard spot, and James Polk took over that position.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Brown said. “I thought I did well. Just keep working on it.”
Middle linebacker Sam Eguavoen’s lower-leg injury that he suffered in the Oct. 18 Kansas game forced Texas Tech interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith to add players to his usual three-man inside linebacker rotation of Eguavoen, V.J. Fehoko and Micah Awe.
Sam Atoe and Malik Jenkins made three tackles each in last week's 82-27 loss against No. 10 TCU. Atoe was credited with a sack and a quarterback pressure, and Jenkins made a tackle for loss.
With the temperature around 90 degrees and TCU throwing deep on many of its 45 pass attempts, Texas Tech substituted at cornerback more than usual last week.
Tevin Madison and La’Darius Newbold both saw some action on defense in relief of starters Nigel Bethel and Justis Nelson. It was the first game action this season for Newbold. The touted 2012 signee slipped to third team during the first half of the season and didn’t make the travel roster some weeks.
Texas Tech has largely dispensed with its field cornerback/boundary cornerback deployment in recent weeks.
Three weeks ago against West Virginia, Nigel Bethel played left corner and Justis Nelson right corner. In last week’s 82-27 loss at No. 10 TCU, Nelson played left corner and Bethel right corner, although backups gave both a breather.
The game before against Kansas, Nelson and Bethel alternated sides each series, but stayed on the same side of the field throughout a possession.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said on the Red Raider coaches’ show Thursday night he expects starting receivers Bradley Marquez and Jakeem Grant to play on Saturday at No. 10 TCU.
Marquez aggravated a rib injury last week in a 34-21 win against Kansas and did not finish the game.
Grant came out of the game twice for treatment of shoulder and ankle injuries, then was hospitalized early Sunday for a neck laceration he suffered in at an off-campus melee.
Saturday’s Texas Tech-TCU game will be the 10th anniversary of the Red Raiders’ 70-35 rout of the Horned Frogs in Lubbock.
Tech interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith, safeties coach Trey Haverty and TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie were all Tech seniors that season.
Tech ran up 70 points after not scoring on its first seven possessions.
“I remember we were down 21 to 0,” Haverty said this week. “(Mike) Leach called a timeout and gave us some ... profound words. Then we had a little run and put up some points and won the game.”
Brothers Kevin Oliver and Bryson Oliver will be on opposite sidelines Saturday.
Kevin Oliver is a sixth-year member of the Texas Tech staff, now serving in high school relations/quality control.
Bryson Oliver is a first-year graduate assistant at TCU, working on offense. He was a student assistant at Tech from 2007-10.
The Olivers are from Sweetwater.