Corker could start
Texas Tech’s Shawn Corker knows how to reset his goals in a hurry. Last week, Corker got a new lease on life, being moved to cornerback from wide receiver, a position at which he was highly recruited but got buried on the depth chart.
“You put all your hard work and effort into it,” Corker said Monday. “To see something that you love and have a passion for go away, you start growing and developing in different areas. Now I have dreams to be a starting corner in the NFL and hopefully start for this team.”
The last part might happen almost overnight. Corker said coaches have told him he could start this week when the Red Raiders’ play Texas in Austin. Tech’s regular boundary corner, Tre Porter, is out with a head injury he suffered in Saturday’s 41-7 loss to Iowa State, and Eugene Neboh (groin), who has made four starts, is questionable. Derrick Mays (hamstring) and Sawyer Vest (concussion) have also battled injuries lately, though they played Saturday.
Corker, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound redshirt freshman, changed positions at the beginning of last week and got some snaps Saturday after the game was out of hand.
“Moving to corner, it was kind of coach Tubs’ (Tommy Tuberville) idea,” Corker said. “I was practicing at punt return, and they saw my ability to jam receivers off the line. I really did a good job at that, so coach Tubs was like, ‘Let’s try him at corner. See how he does.’ I really started to get the hang of it, picking up plays very fast, and here I am today.”
In addition to playing wide receiver, Corker said he started at safety in high school, so defense isn’t foreign to him. He expects his size, long arms and knowing how a receiver thinks to help him make the adjustment.
“I knew coverages already,” he said. “It made it a lot easier.”
Bullitt, Porter update
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville sounds as if he expects strong safety Terrance Bullitt and cornerback Tre Porter to miss Saturday’s game as well as the Nov. 12 home game against No. 3 Oklahoma State. Both got hurt in Saturday’s 41-7 loss to Iowa State, Bullitt suffering a dislocated shoulder and Porter a head injury.
On Monday, Tuberville said Bullitt “will be out this week and probably next.”
“He was probably our better player on defense in terms of getting people lined up and playing and making tackles,” Tuberville said. “And Tre Porter, we’ll have to wait on him this week, too. It doesn’t look good for him for a while.”
Bullitt was trying to make a tackle and injured his same shoulder that popped out of joint during August workouts. He missed a week’s practice then. He went into the Iowa State game as the Red Raiders’ third-leading tackler.
Porter landed on the back of his head after he flipped over teammate D.J. Johnson while both were pursuing a ball carrier. Porter has started six games, making an interception, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups.
Real Red Raiders?
When asked Monday whether the real Tech team was the one that beat Oklahoma in Norman or the one that lost to Iowa State at home, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the Red Raiders are somewhere in the middle.
“We’re not fast enough, we’re not quick enough, we’re not big enough on the defensive line to say we can go line up and just shut anybody down on defense,” Tuberville said. “We’re not good enough on offense experience-wise to say we can go out and score 40, 50 points every time we line up unless we have a lot of confidence.”
Tuberville said if he’d been told in advance Tech would win one of the last two games, he would have chosen the way it worked out. He said last week the victory over Oklahoma was important for exposure and recruiting.
“I know it was a one-game flash, but it’s still one that went everywhere,” he said. “Everybody recognized it. Everybody noticed. I would have loved to have won them both, but the situation we’re in and where we want to get to, we need a selling point and that was a huge selling point.”
DirecTV subscribers are in danger of not being able to watch Saturday’s Texas Tech-Texas game, which is being televised on FX.
The current FOX contract with DirecTV was set to expire at midnight Monday. If an agreement was not reached, FSN said in a statement released by the Big 12, DirecTV was threatening to drop FSN and FX along with other specialty channels.
Compiled by Don Williams