Texas Tech has shown some signs of improvement in the running game this season, but the Red Raiders were caught short with tight end Jace Amaro and fullback Omar Ontiveros both out of the lineup Saturday against Texas.
There aren’t many body types on the roster like Amaro, listed at 6-foot-5 and 257 pounds, and Ontiveros, a converted defensive end who goes 6-1 and 236.
“We tried to recruit tight ends last year,” Tuberville said. “There’s not many in this state high school-wise, because people run the spread and there are just very few.”
Tre Porter and Jarvis Phillips, who are 1-2 on the Texas Tech depth chart at nickel back, both will return to action this week, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday.
Porter, Phillips and starting cornerback Cornelius Douglas all ran well during Sunday’s practice, Tuberville said.
“Of the three, (Douglas) is probably the guy that’s behind a little bit,” Tuberville said.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville was asked again Monday about the Red Raiders’ conservative three-play series late in regulation against TCU. Trying to protect a 36-33 lead, Tech opted for three running plays then punted as the clock dwindled from 2:23 to 1:20.
The play selection became a topic of debate after TCU subsequently drove 56 yards for the tying field goal, forcing overtime and grabbing momentum.
“They made one good drive before that.
ABC exercised a six-day advance option on Big 12 Conference games of Nov. 3, so the kickoff time of Texas Tech's home game against Texas won't be determined until late Saturday or Sunday.
The possible start times, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said, are 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville didn't say tight end Jace Amaro, cornerback Cornelius Douglas and nickel back Tre Porter would miss Saturday's game at No. 4 Kansas State, but he didn't say any of them would play either.
Amaro and Douglas both got hurt in Tech's Oct. 6 win over West Virginia, Porter in Tech's victory Saturday against TCU.
Texas Tech linebacker Daniel Cobb, who was kicked off the team in August after being arrested, has been reinstated and can play this week, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville announced Monday.
Cobb was arrested Aug. 19 on suspicion of felony burglary of a habitation, but Tuberville said Monday the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney's office brought no charges against him.
He rejoined the team Sunday.
Texas Tech senior Seth Doege on Monday was named recipient of the Davey O'Brien national quarterback of the week award for his performance Saturday in a 49-14 upset of then-No. 5 West Virginia.
Doege and Tech safety Cody Davis were named the Big 12 Conference offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Texas Tech wide receivers Javon Bell and Bradley Marquez are both out for the season with the injuries they suffered last week, Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville announced Monday.
The two are the team's fourth- and fifth-leading receivers, Bell with 17 receptions for 269 yards and a touchdown and Marquez with 16 catches for 172 yards and a touchdown.
Bell suffered a broken foot last week in practice and will need surgery, Tuberville said.
Former Texas Tech All-American Gabe Rivera is scheduled to return to Lubbock this weekend. Tech and the National Football Foundation will host an “on-campus salute” for Rivera on Saturday as a precursor to his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Rivera, a dominant defensive tackle for the Red Raiders from 1979 to 1982, was among 14 former players announced in May to this year’s Hall of Fame class. The new members will be inducted on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Rivera will be the fourth Tech player so honored, joining E.J.
West Virginia’s 48-45 victory Saturday at Texas perhaps just reinforced what Tech coach Tommy Tuberville thought about the Mountaineers all along.
“This is a good team,” said Tuberville, whose Red Raiders host No. 5 West Virginia on Saturday. “I said it the first of the year: My vote was going to go to these guys.