Tech quarterback Seth Doege was asked Monday, now that he’s a major-college starting quarterback, if he watches televised games with a different perspective.
“Oh yeah, for sure,” Doege said, adding that he pays close attention to other quarterbacks. “When I watch them, I’ll say, ‘I don’t think coach (Neal) Brown would be happy with their footwork right there.’
“The other day I was watching the Chicago Bears, and I thought they did something that we kind of do, and I was telling coach Brown about it. He thought it was cool.
“It’s a different perspective.
Eric Stephens needed only his freshman and sophomore years to break all the significant single-season and career records for Texas Tech kickoff return men.
He has a career average of 24.9 yards on 76 kickoff returns. That's even more impressive considering the average isn't inflated by a return for a touchdown. Stephens has never run a kickoff all the way back.
The closest he's come was last year at New Mexico, when he returned a kickoff 93 yards to the UNM 7-yard line.
"All I remember is that I got caught," Stephens said Monday.
Based on comments by Tech quarterback Seth Doege and running back Eric Stephens, it’s pretty obvious where the Red Raiders think they can attack New Mexico during Saturday’s game in Albuquerque.
“I think we match up well against them with our skill guys versus their secondary,” Doege said, “so I think we can take advantage of that. I think they have really good defensive line players, and they have a really good linebacker.
Texas Tech defensive end Leon Mackey was scheduled to have his injured lung checked Monday. Mackey suffered a partially deflated lung in the Sept. 3 season opener against Texas State.
“He’s being scanned today to check on the health of the lung,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It didn’t all the way collapse. I think it was 10 or 15 percent where he lost oxygen in that lung, but it takes a while to recoup.”
Tuberville said last week that Mackey, a first-game starter, is expected to miss several weeks and could be out for the season.
Here are Texas Tech's players of the week coming off the Red Raiders' season-opening win Saturday against Texas State. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville chooses the players after victories.
Offense: FL Darrin Moore, 6-4, 214, Jr.: He caught 12 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown.
Defense: DE Dartwan Bush, 6-1, 250, So.: He was credited with four solo tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, one recovery and one pass breakup.
Special teams: PK Donnie Carona, He averaged almost 65 yards on kickoffs with two touchbacks.
Texas Tech could have two true freshmen starting at linebacker when the Red Raiders play New Mexico on Sept. 17. Defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow said Sam Eguavoen practiced with the first team Monday after he played well in Saturday's 50-10 conquest of Texas State.
Glasgow said he wanted to divide playing time half and half between Eguavoen and sophomore Cqulin Hubert, who was the starter Saturday. Eguavoen was credited with three tackles and Hubert two in the opener.
Texas Tech's offensive staff decided to juggle their receiver rotation after Saturday's 50-10 victory against Texas State.
True freshman Bradley Marquez is moving from flanker to "H" inside receiver, and junior Austin Zouzalik is switching inside receiver spots from "H" to "Y."
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown discussed the moves after Monday's practice.
When Texas Tech released its opening-week depth chart Sunday, it listed the pecking order behind starter Seth Doege as being Jacob Karam "or" Scotty Young "or" Michael Brewer.
The order in which those four were listed is no surprise. But "ors" in a depth chart usually indicate the order is too close to call. When I asked Tommy Tuberville about it Monday, he said the guys below Doege still have September to rearrange themselves.
"We'd like to not play Michael Brewer, and right now that's our plan because he hasn't redshirted," Tuberville said.
Junior running back Harrison Jeffers has rejoined workouts. Coaches didn’t have Jeffers on the preseason roster, limited to 105 players, because back problems kept him from working out.
The roster limit is off once school starts, Thursday in Tech’s case. Jeffers was in pads Friday, but isn’t a viable option right now, offensive coordinator Neal Brown said.