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Red Raiders football notebook: 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.

Posted: October 31, 2011 - 11:00pm  |  Updated: November 1, 2011 - 12:18am
Iowa State's Jared Barnett (16) cuts upfield along with Hayworth Hicks (75) on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.  Stephen Spillman
Stephen Spillman
Iowa State's Jared Barnett (16) cuts upfield along with Hayworth Hicks (75) on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
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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.”

TV predicament

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

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one game flash

Tubbs it would have been great if you had won both.. and this team should have. Am , I missing something here? Sure,it was great to win against Oklahoma, Im sure it helped but whatever you gained from that historic win was negated in the loss to Iowa State. , especially in a sickening loss in front of 60,000 fans. I just dont understand a statement like that, If Im wrong or misunderstanding something, please tell me. wtf?

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confidence?

Were not fast enough, big enough to shutdown anybody? Were not good enough to score 40 or 50 points every time we go out.? This is supposed to instill confidence?

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Give Tubbs a Chance

He's doing the best he can with that awful situation that Leach left him. You know, no Defense, nobody coming back on Offense...he just needs some more time to get this turned around.

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Not experienced enough on offense

Hmmm.......

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Not the team Tubbs wants

reading and rereading this to get into Tubbs mindset,it is apparent to me that the team he wants is like the ones he had at Auburn. , simple as that.

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not good enough

Let me get this straight, Tubs is saying now this team is not good enough without confidence. It sure was confident enough to win in Norman, the same players that you now say are too slow and not quick enough? A prolific offense, with many talented receivers , a tough as nails quaterback that disected a no.3 team in the nation. The win in Norman is more important than winning here ? wtf? and now theyre inexperinced, slow, not big enough? Way to go , Tubbs thats inspiring. and what about the rest of the season? huh?like I said previously, if Im missing something let me know.

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Tubby is clueless

Could you have imagined the previous regime (I forget the head coach's name) saying that he didn't have enough speed, talent or whatever to score 40 to 50 points every week? No, he just kept his mouth closed and went out and coached 'em up. It's amazing that they had enough speed to score 41 against OU but only enough speed to score 7 against ISU. It's called CRAPPY coaching! Could you imagine the previous coach worrying about the external things, like whether this week would be a sellout or not; whether spoiled brat Adam James got booed after making a catch. You ain't heard nothing yet, Tubs. Wait until he has daddy Craig attached to his arms on Senior Day. On second hand, maybe we should give him a 20 min standing O because we will only be 2 games away from being rid of the James clan! (Does anybody know what has happened with Jace Amaro?) Tommy, please don't go to Austin until you get the speed and talent that you need. I'd hate for you to have to outcoach somebody like the previous coach did regularly.

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Tubbs is living off the past

You have to play the cards dealt to you.Im still not believing what I read here. Good coachs do the best they can with what they have, for instance,Bill Snyder.and now Rhodes. The problem here is coaching and inexperince of the coachs. not the other way around.You are not in Kansas anymore, TOTO, or in your case,Auburn.Tubbs. After reading this garbage, It makes me mad as hell. Quit living in the past, Tubbs, I dont give a ding dong what you did in Auburn, this is now, quit blaming these kids, get off your duff and do some coaching up.if you know how.

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Explain please

@oilraider...."He's doing the best he can with that awful situation that Leach left him. You know, no Defense, nobody coming back on Offense...he just needs some more time to get this turned around.

Please help me out and explain exactly what was the awful situtation he came into.

In the five years prior to TT taking over the program TTU had the 16th best winning % in Div-1 football at .71875...winning 46 games in the 5 year period....which is an average of 9.2 wins a year. Two teams in the Big 12 had better win %'s....UT & OU. We had more wins than such storied programs as Auburn (yes TT's Auburn), Alabama, Nebraska, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame & TAMU to name a few. From a success on the field stand point this doesn't appear to be awful. In fact it was the most successful five year period in the history of the school.

If you are saying there was a lack of talent when TT took over then please review the information below which is the average star rating of our classes for the last 8 years as rated by Rivals.com. This is the measuring tool that many who point to our success in recruiting over the last 2 years use.

2002......2.42 2003......2.60 2004......2.69 2005......2.67 2006......2.88 2007......2.73 2008......3.00 2009......3.00

If this is an accurate rating of the quality of athlete we were recruiting then the talent level was steadily increasing and was the highest it had been. Based on this not so sure why many say there was no talent when TT took over.

So.......what was the awful situation you refer to?

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Help me understand

@oil raider........"He's doing the best he can with that awful situation that Leach left him. You know, no Defense, nobody coming back on Offense...he just needs some more time to get this turned around."

In the 5 years prior to TT taking over TTU had the 16th best winning % in Div-1. Winning 46 games which is an average of 9.2 wins a year. Two teams in the Big 12 had a better winning %...UT & OU. We were more successful than such storied programs as Auburn (yes TT's Auburn), Alabama, Nebraska, Miami-Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame, TAMU. Kind of hard to understand how coming off the most successful 5 year run in school history would be considered "awful".

If you are alluding to the talent level of the athletes that TT inherited I looked at the average star rating of the recruits for each class from 2002 - 2009. Those would be the athletes performing during this time period. Below is the rating of our yearly classes as rated by Rivals.com. This is the ranking most quoted when the TT supporters report on the success of recruiting the last two years.

2002.....2.42 2003.....2.60 2004.....2.69 2005.....2.67 2006.....2.88 2007.....2.73 2008.....3.00 2009.....3.00

As you can see the talent level of the indvidual athlete we recruited was improving and in the two years prior to TT taking over we had the highest rated recruiting classes in ML's tenure. Instead of inheriting no talent this would point to the fact the quality of the individual athlete was higher than at anytime in the previous 8 years.

So....please help me understand exactly what "awful" situation TT was left with?

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@floatlander

It is not fair. You cannot hog all the comments, no matter how bad you feel tuber is. There are those of us who cannot agree more.

Al in Alabama and Nashville Raider will both be here soon to tell you how unfair you are.

What can we do to actually get rid of this malignancy in the athletic department and maybe the ma Ignancy in the administration building? Any ideas.

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Tubbs knows what he is talking about

Tuberville knows what he is talking about people. He sees these kids in practice every day. When he says they arent fast enough, quick enough, or big enough what he means is they can not rely solely on those skills in order to beat the opponent. They have to show up ready to play and be confident in the game plan and execute in order to win games. I know that it is the coaches job to get the players prepared, but the coach can only do so much to get the players in the game mentally. The players need to prepare themselves mentally and not take opponents for granted and I dont think the players were ready for Iowa State. I am pretty sure that Tuberville and the other coaches already said that they take the blame for that. Where as the previous coach that you all need to realize is gone and really wasnt a players coach anyways. would have blames the players fat girlfriends or the officiating. The current coach takes the blame and also gives the opponents credit for their performance. All you leach people need to move on. It is also makes me sick that everyone boos the James kid when he has made some great plays on the football field and worked his but off and stayed at Tech when it would have been easy to transfer show some respect for the school and get over the mike leach thing. It is ridiculous! Are you a Leach fan or a redraider fan?

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@feaco

You are correct, my apologys.

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@redraider2011

oilraider mentioned Mike Leach once and there were two replies. Then you mentioned Mike Leach. It appeasrs you are the Leach person. Everybody else here is talking about the pitiful job the current coach is doing at Tech. You are the one dividing the fans. (Or at least trying to).

The fans nere know that Tuber has no clue what he is talking about and apparently neither do you.

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Tubberville

Just heard on the news where Tubbs wife was involved in a serius accident. may not agree with your coaching style, Tubbs but hope your wife is ok and my prayers go out to you and your family. Im done. sorry,Feaco.

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Don't be sorry

I agree with you floatlander. A family member's accident has nothing to do with Tuber other than the emotional ties. I think the AJ probaably should not have reported the accident the way they did, but newspapers are notorious for not doing the right thing.

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@floatlander

sorry, I wasnt really talking about people on here. I was talking about what I have been hearing people around town say.

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@red raider

no problem , dont be sorry. We may have different ideas, but we care about The Raiders. We all want them to do well and win.

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The game

I am in Southern California and they tape delayed the game last week (Probably the last game televised this year).

I watched the first half tonight because we were in the mountains Saturday night. Tuber did not change his expression the whole first half and had no animation or excitement. The opposing coach was constantly urging his players on and yelling at them when they erred. To me, this sums up Tuber an his whole program - nothing.

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Sorry

Sorry for the double post. Moderator got me and then they posted both.

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