Texas Tech is listing wide receiver Darrin Moore’s status for Saturday as a game-time decision, but offensive coordinator Neal Brown isn’t counting on him.
Brown said it’s too early in the week to know, but, “Right now, I’d say he’s highly questionable.”
Moore, who has missed the last seven quarters with left ankle and right knee injuries, had 21 catches, 339 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games.
Texas Tech officials said Monday they have a limited number of tickets remaining for Saturday’s game, which includes more than 1,000 that were returned by Texas A&M.
Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said a more accurate number will be available Wednesday, because athletic department officials are trying to determine how to handle heavy student demand.
“We’re trying to make sure we accommodate as many of our students as we can,” Beal said.
Texas Tech named players of the week for last week’s game against Kansas. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville chooses the honorees after Red Raiders victories.
Offense: RB Eric Stephens, 5-8, 195, Jr., Mansfield Timberview: Stephens rushed 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, the third time in four games that he exceeded 20 carries and 120 rushing yards.
Texas A&M has a statistical anomaly heading into this week’s game at Texas Tech. The Aggies lead the nation in sacks with an average of 41/2 per game, but rank last in the nation in pass defense, giving up almost 337 yards a game through the air.
A&M outside linebacker Sean Porter has 51/2 sacks, defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie has three, and defensive tackle Eddie Brown and cornerback Terrence Frederick have two apiece.
A day after they provided big production off the bench, Texas Tech linebackers Daniel Cobb and Cqulin Hubert practiced with the first team Sunday. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said this week’s practice will determine the starters.
Freshmen Blake Dees and Sam Eguavoen started four and three games, respectively, but were pulled with the team trailing 20-0 Saturday, after which Cobb and Hubert had 11- and nine-tackle games, respectively, as the team rallied to win 45-34.
“They’ve been around a little bit longer,” Tuberville said. “They’ve played faster.
Senior linebacker Sam Fehoko and sophomore defensive tackle Pearlie Graves have left the Texas Tech football team and won't return, according to an announcement Monday by Tech.
Both are seeking to transfer, a Tech spokesman said. Fehoko, being a senior, would require a waiver from the NCAA to finish his career elsewhere.
Fehoko and Graves both got significant playing time last year, but weren't in the two-deep this season. Neither was on the 68-man travel roster for Saturday's game at New Mexico.
Texas Tech released its 68-man travel roster Thursday for the Red Raiders' game Saturday at New Mexico. There are a handful of significant players not traveling. Keep in mind Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said several players were slowed or out of practice entirely this week because of illness. Tuberville wouldn't identify them, but some of those below could fall into that category.
RB Aaron Crawford: Offensive coordinator Neal Brown told me he expected Crawford back this week from a thigh bruise that felled him in the season opener. But it looks as if Crawford's not ready.
Gearing up for grass
During football season, Texas Tech alternates working out at Jones AT&T Stadium or at the Football Training Facility next door that has a grass practice field.
The Red Raiders have spent their time on the latter the last two weeks preparing for Saturday’s game at New Mexico. University Stadium has a grass field.
“Their grass over there is a winter grass,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s kind of a little bit more slippery — a lot slicker — than we have here.