SLB Blake Dees (ankle), NT Donald Langley (knee) and FL Darrin Moore (ankle, knee) all practiced Tuesday, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. Dees and Langley missed Saturday's 41-38 victory at Oklahoma, and Moore played for the first time since Sept. 24, catching one pass for 4 yards. ... LT LaAdrian Waddle graded the best of Tech’s offensive linemen against OU. He held his own against Sooners sacks leader DE Frank Alexander. “He had a heck of a game,” Tuberville said. “He’s got a wingspan so big, I don’t care who’s rushing.
Texas Tech released more information Saturday on the injuries that have sidelined two defensive starters. Strong-side linebacker Blake Dees and defensive tackle Donald Langley both got hurt Thursday in practice, Dees with an ankle injury and Langley a knee injury, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said.
Neither injury is thought to be serious, Beal said, and both are expected to return soon, possibly as early as next week. The Red Raiders play No. 3 Oklahoma at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech strong-side linebacker Blake Dees and defensive tackle Donald Langley, both starters, are injured and out for the Red Raiders' game Saturday at Oklahoma.
Neither player was listed on the travel squad that Tech posted Thursday. Tech spokesman Blayne Beal confirmed the two players were hurt, but said he couldn't provide further details about the nature of the injuries or how long they would be out.
Dees, a freshman, is Tech's third-leading tackler with 30 stops, including a team- and career-high nine tackles in last week's loss to Kansas State.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that wide receiver Darrin Moore (ankle, knee), kick-return specialist Ben McRoy (hip) and cornerback Derrick Mays (hamstring) could play Saturday at Oklahoma. But Tuberville made it sound unlikely.
He said the Sooners have so much speed at every position that he’s not likely to use players that aren’t close to full health.
“If they’re not a hundred percent, I’m not going to take them on the trip,” Tuberville said.
Oklahoma has streaks of 39 home victories and 77 home sellouts going into Saturday’s game against Texas Tech.
Right tackle was a problem spot for Texas Tech the last two weeks in losses to Texas A&M and Kansas State, so improved play there is a must this week. No. 3 Oklahoma, which Tech plays at 7 p.m. Saturday in Norman, ranks second in the nation with an average of 4.0 sacks per game.
Mickey Okafor started Tech’s first three games at right tackle, and then after Okafor suffered an ankle sprain, Terry McDaniel started the last three.
For Texas Tech to have a chance to upset No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday, having all of its top weapons would be ideal. That looks unlikely.
Kickoff return specialist Ben McRoy and flanker Darrin Moore both are doubtful, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday, as is cornerback Derrick Mays.
"Darrin tried to go (in practice) yesterday," Tuberville said. "He's probably another week or so out. Ben McRoy didn't come out yesterday. He stayed in with the trainers. We won't know on him. Derrick Mays, same thing.
True freshmen Blake Dees and Sam Eguavoen took most of the snaps as the first-team linebackers in Wednesday’s workout, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. The two were lifted in the first quarter of last week’s 45-34 Tech victory at Kansas with their replacements, sophomores Daniel Cobb and Cqulin Hubert, making 11 and nine tackles, respectively. Tech trailed 20-0 when coaches made the change.
Tuberville indicated that the team needs to play all four.
Texas Tech’s leading receiver, flanker Darrin Moore, might have some availability Saturday against No. 24 Texas A&M, Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday.
“I think we might have a chance to get something out of him Saturday,” Tuberville said. “He ran some yesterday. He ran a few routes yesterday. He’s getting a lot better every day. Both knees are better. It’s just the ankle’s a little bit sore.”