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Red Raiders Football Notebook: Tech might seek waiver for Robertson

With a shoulder injury, Tuberville might seek a medical hardship waiver for Tech strong-side linebacker Pete Robertson.

Posted: October 25, 2011 - 11:14pm  |  Updated: October 26, 2011 - 12:21am
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Tech might seek waiver for Robertson

Texas Tech strong-side linebacker Pete Robertson has missed the last four weeks with a shoulder injury and might not return this season.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said Tuesday if Robertson isn’t ready after Tech’s Nov. 5 game at Texas, the Red Raiders might seek a medical hardship waiver for the true freshman. The waiver would restore Robertson’s freshman-year eligibility.

“He tried to practice a little last week,” Tuberville said, “and he was one-armed. In this game you can’t play with one arm. We need him out here, we need him on special teams and he wants to play. But after maybe the Texas game if he’s not ready to go we’ll just keep him out.”

Robertson impressed the Tech coaching staff during preseason camp and worked his way into the two-deep first at free safety, then at strong safety before ultimately moving to linebacker.

He played in Tech’s first three games and recovered a fumble against New Mexico.

Welcome, Mountaineers

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said was a bit surprised about reports that West Virginia is the likeliest candidate to replace Missouri in the Big 12 Conference.

The fans and the football program are good, he said, but traveling there is difficult — particularly for Tech’s other sports. Tuberville said the only way to get to Morgantown, W.Va., is to fly into Pittsburgh.

“I guess they thought it was a good fit,” Tuberville said. “I thought probably Louisville was a choice they’d look at just because it’s five minutes from the airport to the stadium. But I guess they looked at it in terms of tradition and being able to get in on the East coast with television, which makes sense. They didn’t ask me.

“It’s a very good football program. ... Their fans are good football fans and they’ve got a nice stadium.”

Tuberville also said the addition will help Tech’s recruiting. The Red Raiders landed freshmen defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons out of Pennsylvania this year.

The second-year Tech coach said he hates that Missouri seems set on leaving the conference.

“Is Missouri gone? I guess we just told them to leave,” he said jokingly. “I hate that. I hate it for them. You look at their roster, they got half their team from Texas. I guess they’ll still come here, but it’ll be more difficult.”

Okafor getting ‘healthier’

Texas Tech right tackle Mickey Okafor didn’t play Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma, still dealing with an ankle injury he suffered against Nevada. But coach Tommy Tuberville said he’s getting healthier and could play some Saturday against Iowa State.

“He’s going to have to play this week,” Tuberville said. “He’s our next man up. I would have liked to get him some (snaps) last week but things were going so well. Not being 100 percent against those guys can give you some problems.

“Hopefully we can get him back some this week and more in the Texas game.”

Terry McDaniel has started in place of Okafor, who Tuberville said will be Tech’s top backup Saturday.

Good with the bad

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Deveric Gallington, who was pressed into playing center virtually the entire game at Oklahoma, wound up with “about a dozen” bad snaps, most of them low.

“We’re not going to complain about it,” Tuberville said, “because he got back there and blocked pretty well. He made everything else good.”

Gallington switched from right guard when center Justin Keown suffered a knee injury on the second play of the game. Fielding the low snaps made quarterback Seth Doege’s 441-yard, four-touchdown passing performance more impressive, especially considering Oklahoma entered the game ranked second in the nation in sacks.

“It was rough on Seth, fielding those ground balls knowing somebody’s coming after him pretty fast, and having to come up and find his reads,” Tuberville said. “Snaps going every which way and he’s got the fastest defensive line he’ll see this year. That was a heck of a performance.”

Tech probably will have the same starting line this week against Iowa State. Tuberville said Keown might not practice until Thursday and he doesn’t expect him to be available for more than limited duty Saturday.

In brief

SLB Blake Dees (ankle), NT Donald Langley (knee) and FL Darrin Moore (ankle, knee) all practiced Tuesday, Tuberville said. ... LT LaAdrian Waddle graded the best of Tech’s offensive linemen against OU. He held his own against OU 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. That’s the reason he’s going to be an ideal guy at the next level.” ... Dees’ being out led to SLB Zach Winbush getting a few snaps against OU. It was the most important playing time Winbush, a 6-1, 219-pound sophomore, has gotten so far in his career. “We’ve got to get him more experience,” Tuberville said. “He’s too good an athlete. He’s probably light enough, he should be playing safety, but he’s going to be big enough in the future to play linebacker, so that’s where we’ve got him.”

Compiled by David Just and Don Williams

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