Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he hasn’t discussed the future game locations of the Tech-Baylor series with new Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades, who was hired in mid-July. Last week’s game at AT&T Stadium, a 54-35 Tech victory, was game two of a four-year contract for Red Raiders-Bears games in Arlington.
“He commented Friday that, what a unique and positive atmosphere that game was,” Hocutt said Sunday, “so that was his first time (to experience it). He and I haven’t talked about future years.”
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II confirmed Monday that he hurt his left shoulder the series before he left Saturday's game, but said it’s fine now and didn’t bother him in the second half at Iowa State.
“It was a stinger of some sort,” Mahomes said. “I just wanted to get it checked out before I kept playing. And everything seems fine.”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said freshman defensive lineman Noah Jones remains on the team, but the February signee’s future beyond that appears unclear. Speculation surfaced last week that Jones had left the team.
“Noah’s still on the team currently,” Kingsbury said Monday. “He’s not practicing. He’s focusing on academics.”
As for whether Jones will return, Kingsbury said, “I don’t know exactly how that’s going to play out, but we’re going to visit about that as soon as our season’s is over.”
Jonathan Giles ranks among the top 20 receivers in the FBS this season for catches, yards and touchdowns, but he played only a little Saturday at Iowa State.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated Monday there was nothing wrong with Giles, other than Keke Coutee making a better impression lately.
Texas Tech’s running back depth this week might be similar to what it was late in the Red Raiders’ 45-44 loss Saturday at Oklahoma State.
Justin Stockton (chest contusion) will miss Saturday’s game at Iowa State, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday, and Da’Leon Ward (head injury) and DeMarcus Felton (high ankle injury) are questionable.
Texas Tech holder Cameron Batson said he and kicker Clayton Hatfield share the blame for the missed PAT in the final two minutes of the Red Raiders’ 45-44 loss at Oklahoma State. Batson, though he always tilts the ball toward himself, said he was late in doing so but that Hatfield had made kicks under similar circumstances.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury named five defensive linemen when asked Tuesday what players who haven’t played this season have done well behind the scenes. The first name out of his mouth was that of Eli Howard, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound freshman defensive end from San Angelo Central who transferred from North Texas.
Then he named 2016 signees Ivory Jackson from Amarillo, Noah Jones from Moore (Okla.) Southmoore and Houston Miller from Keller, as well as Kaleb Hill, a transfer from Boise State and brother of Tech defensive end Kolin Hill.
One of the most unpleasant surprises of Texas Tech’s season has been the unexpected decline in production from junior running back Justin Stockton. Stockton scored 16 touchdowns — a few on long-yardage plays — in his first two seasons and topped 700 all-purpose yards each year.
Texas Tech wide receiver Derrick Willies caught three passes for 63 yards — both season-high numbers — last week against Texas after the 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior missed the previous three games with a knee injury.
Willies’ season totals — 12 catches, 231 yards and two touchdowns — might not be what some envisioned from the highly touted junior-college transfer, but Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury invoked one of the nation’s prolific deep threats in suggesting Willies is just scratching the surface.
Last year, with Texas running back D’Onta Foreman injured, Chris Warren III set a Texas freshman record with 276 rushing yards against Texas Tech and scored four touchdowns. This year, Warren is injured and Foreman is coming off a 250-yard rushing performance in Texas’ 35-34 upset of then-No. 8 Baylor.
The 6-foot-1, 249-pound Foreman presents some of the same problems the 6-2, 252-pound Warren exploited last year. The Red Raiders won last year’s game 48-45 despite Warren’s running wild, and now they have to devise a way to slow Foreman.