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A vocal leader

Posted: November 16, 2011 - 11:59pm  |  Updated: November 17, 2011 - 1:21am
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A vocal leader

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege has emerged as one of the biggest vocal leaders on the team, coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday.

The Red Raiders are on a three-game losing streak for the first time since 1998, and Tuberville said Doege has taken on a leadership role during this week of practices.

“I’ve been really proud of him, even though he hasn’t played as well in these three games,” Tuberville said. “He’s been very vocal, a lot more vocal. He’s still learning, too. It’s really hard to be a leader when you’re trying to grasp being a starter for the first time.”

James, Davis at full speed

Texas Tech tight end Adam James and weak safety Cody Davis, both of whom were injured Saturday against Oklahoma State, have returned to practice.

James, who suffered an abdominal contusion, and Davis, who strained his back, were both at full speed Wednesday, coach Tommy Tuberville said.

Both players were listed as probable in Texas Tech’s injury report.

Raiders hit with stomach flu

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said six players were out sick Tuesday with a gastrointestinal virus, and three more got it Wednesday.

“It’s kind of going around the team,” Tuberville said. “Hopefully we can stay away from that this weekend because we’re going to need everybody.”

Tech faces Missouri at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

Compiled by David Just

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Ole Tubby is a great motivator!

Hard to develop leaders when you constantly tear them down. His "praise" of Doege reminds me of everything we're taught not to do when trying to build confidence and self esteem in young people. He praises and then tears down in the same sentence.

“I’ve been really proud of him, even though he hasn’t played as well in these three games,” Tuberville said. “He’s been very vocal, a lot more vocal. He’s still learning, too. It’s really hard to be a leader when you’re trying to grasp being a starter for the first time.”

At a time in which we really need to build this team up wouldn't it have been better to simply say...."I've been really proud of him, he's stepped up and become more vocal. He's growing into the leader we knew he would be."

Praise in public....teach in practice.

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Leadership

I am glad to see someone taking a leadership role. There is none from Tubberflop. He can easily criticize the players but find no fault for his or his coaches play calling. Current conference record 2-5. Do you think 2-7 will wake up the administration or will we see another pay increase?

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Raider76

You are exactly right. He praises them and brings them down all in the same sentence. He is a horrible leader. We have had several one year or two year starters that were great leaders from the get go. What a load of .....

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Tubbs Couldn't Motivate a Flea to Jump on a Dog

What a plain, bland, vanilla extract, exlax kind of head coach we have. It is such a great time to be a proud Alumn (hey what a great game last week, it was a real close call 66-6, but if we had had a little more time on the clock...) I am sure all the players Coach Leach recruited were looking forward to this sort of college experience.

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Hi 76!

Don't disagree with your comment and really would like a rah rah speech from the coach! Words fail me for the effort put forth this year...or are we just that unlucky with all the injuries? Can't deny we prolly lost our 2 best offensive players, and have had time without our 3 best defensive backs...Still I guess this year has been the "transition" year more than last year, huh? If we go to next year with Tubs, I sure hope everything remains intact. There some good thought in the double T nation fan posts -Fire Brown! by Dr-Cain...kinda what you and I were saying last year. I'm not too excited about the bowl prospects but Mizzou has their own problems this week ,and it is still Baylor! I gotta believe that the team benefits from the practice time and who knows maybe they gel some along the way and we end up playing a good bowl game. Have a happy turkey day!

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Injuries, Talent and Wind oh my

The little man behind the curtain in this Red Raider land of Oz is the fact that Tubs needs super talented players all around him to have a fighting chance of being the super coach some apparently still believe he is. U of Miami and Auburn are examples, and Ole Miss historically had great talent and underachieved, so his 25-20 record there was kind of a wash. That SEC talent will not be here, not in the numbers Tubs needs. Tubs sucks folks, he absolutely was overrated and was a parasite on some other great players and coaches. Leach's offense helped beat Mizzou last year and OU this year, next year's better recruits won't do squat and the year after will be even more excruciating for all of us to watch. Face up to reality, this Admin ruined Tech football and as soon as Billy Clyde gets the BB going, they will find a reason to take him down a notch or two too.

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Hey TTURR82

Good to hear from you. I have been spending more time over at the Double T Nation site...but couldn't help but respond to this article.

In response to a couple of your questions.....in my opinion is not simply unlucky with the injuries. TT made a big deal out of announcing that in order to win championships he was changing the strength and conditioning program when he took over. He got rid of Bennie Wylie and replaced with Joe Walker. We went to speed and agility training and away from strength and endurance. Wylie had massive offensive linemen with upper body strength. It does appear like our injuries have increased in the last 2 years. Guess we will never know if it was because of the change in philosophy or simply bad luck. After the UT game TT said that we needed to be bigger and stronger...that UT simply ran over us. The strength and conditioning coach at UT? That would be Bennie Wylie...hmmmmm interesting.

Here is the link to an article about the change in strength and conditioning philosophy.

http://lubbockonline.com/stories/033010/spo_598029129.shtml

I have also attached another link to an article that addresses the offensive problems TT has had in the past. Hard to tell if Brown is in over his head or if TT is forcing him to change his offense. The general consensus is TT is a CEO coach and allows his coordinators to run their system....however the attached article from 2008 outlines how TT meddled with the offense at Auburn.....so maybe it's not all Brown's fault.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/88999-tommy-tuberville-earned-his-fate-at-auburn

Hope you have a blessed turkey day.

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Raider 76

Thanks for the great links, especially Tuberville's problems meddling with Offensive coordinators (and changing every season) at Auburn. I think that if he would leave Neal Brown alone, on the Offensive side, we would hardly know that Leach was gone. When he was at Troy, they were almost a clone of Texas Tech.

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