Texas Tech’s Oct. 19 game at West Virginia on Monday was set for an 11 a.m. CDT kickoff with television coverage by Fox Sports 1 (Suddenlink Cable channel 51). That’ll be three games in a row at the same time on the same station.
Last week, senior wide receiver Eric Ward said he’d rather play at 11 a.m. than 6 p.m. on the road.
Texas Tech coaches think freshman outside linebacker Jacarthy Mack will be worth the wait, given a couple of years and another 20 pounds or so. They call Mack “Blade” because he’s only 184 pounds on a 6-foot-3 frame.
However, Mack, who returned to practice in the past week after being sidelined a month for arthroscopic knee surgery, does things that impress coaches.
Tech sophomore Summitt Hogue from Frenship and true freshman Collin Bowen from Randall recently were switched to the Raider outside linebacker position, Hogue from safety and Bowen from quarterback.
“I think it’s more the position for him, just athletic-wise,” co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith said of Hogue. “He’s doing a good job. He’s a tough kid. I’d like to welcome him to the room because he plays hard.”
Hogue (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) has four tackles this season, one behind the line.
One side story to Texas Tech’s double-overtime victory last year against Kansas was then-coach Tommy Tuberville’s sideline blowup at a graduate assistant that netted him a reprimand from the Big 12 Conference.
Tuberville also was reprimanded by Tech, according to a document the Avalanche-Journal obtained in a recent open-records request.
In an angry outburst, Tuberville yanked the headset of Kevin Oliver, a graduate assistant still on the Tech staff, causing his cap and headset to come off.
Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt second-guessed himself this week, saying he didn’t rotate his linebackers and cornerbacks enough in last week’s 20-10 victory against TCU.
Starting cornerbacks Bruce Jones and Ola Falemi played all 82 defensive snaps.
Jones shrugged it off, with some bravado.
“We did that,” he said. “We’re cornerbacks. We can’t just tap our helmet (signal for a replacement) and come out. You’ve got to be conditioned. You’ve got to be ready to run all day.
Texas Tech inside receiver Jakeem Grant got a lot of attention for two catches he made Thursday against TCU. There was one in which he dodged three tacklers and another on which he jumped as high as he could and came down with a one-handed catch. Both plays gained 14 yards.
Asked which of the two pleased him more, Grant said he weighted the two equally. He said he loves to embarrass tacklers in the open field, but he surprised himself with the one-handed catch.
Defensive end Dartwan Bush spent a lot of time in the TCU backfield during last week’s 20-10 Texas Tech victory. He pressured the passer three times and made an important tackle for no gain when TCU had third-and-8 from the Tech 38-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
Nevertheless, Bush has yet to record a sack this season after having six last year.
Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said outside linebacker Terrance Bullitt had 32 “production points” in the TCU game.
That’s a weighted measure the staff uses, taking into account positives such as tackles, turnovers, quarterback sacks and pressures, pass breakups and defensive scores. Points are deducted for breakdowns such as missed assignments, missed tackles and lack of hustle.
Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield practiced Saturday, two days after he suffered a bruised thigh against TCU, and will be back in the lineup for this week’s game against Texas State.
“He’s full go,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Just a deep bruise. It’s a pretty violent hit when you see how it happened on film, but he’s OK.”
Mayfield was inadvertently kicked in the right thigh by a TCU pass rusher.
Davis Webb replaced Mayfield with a little more than six minutes left in a 10-10 game and led the winning touchdown drive.
Texas Tech all-purpose player Sadale Foster suffered a strained calf in the win Thursday over TCU and the Red Raiders “aren’t sure whether he’ll be back this week or not,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday.
Foster is the team’s usual first choice as a punt-return man, partly because he’s a senior and he did it two years ago for his undefeated Riverside (Calif.) City College team.