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Tech notes: New defensive line coach named

Former Marshall assistant joins Red Raiders

Posted: February 21, 2012 - 9:50pm  |  Updated: February 22, 2012 - 1:35am
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New Texas Tech defensive line coach Fred Tate was on the field for his first Red Raiders practice Tuesday at Jones AT&T Stadium. Tech announced his hiring shortly thereafter.

Tate was on the Marshall staff the last two years, coaching safeties in 2010 and the defensive line last year. He’s spent most of his career coaching defensive linemen.

Tate was on the same staff with Tech defensive coordinator Art Kaufman in 2003 and 2004 at East Carolina.

“We’re glad to have him,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “I think he fits in pretty good with us. Most of the coaches on the staff knew him. A couple of guys worked with him. That’s always key is to know a personality and how they fit in.

“He’s a good coach, comes well recommended from all the head coaches he worked with that I called, so we’re excited to have him.”

Tate is a Hattiesburg, Miss., native who played his last two years of college football at Southern Mississippi.


Kennard on shelf

Wide receiver Marcus Kennard suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out probably until after spring break, head coach Tommy Tuberville said. Twelve of Tech’s 15 spring workout sessions are scheduled before spring break.

Tech is down its top two split ends with starter Eric Ward sidelined along with Kennard. Tuberville said Tuesday he’s not sure Ward, who has a bruised shoulder, will practice again this spring.

Darrin Moore moved from flanker to join redshirt freshman Derek Edwards at split end, leaving newcomer Javon Bell and junior Aaron Fisher at flanker.


Help at linebacker

Tech wanted quick help for the defense, which is one of the reasons the Red Raiders signed several junior-college players who were eligible to transfer in at mid-term. Though Tuesday was the first time the team was allowed to practice in shoulder pads this month, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has mentioned more than once he likes what he sees from new linebackers Will Smith and Chris Payne.

Both were productive players on good teams in the fall.

“You look at that (linebacker) group without Chris Payne and Will Smith here,” he said, “and we don’t have a lot of depth. So it’s really a blessing to have those two guys out here.”

The linebacker group has gotten a makeover since the season ended with Smith, Payne, sophomore Pete Robertson and freshman Justin Cooper vying for roles. Robertson, who played in only three games in 2011 before he suffered a season-ending injury, has worked with the first team at an outside spot. Cooper, who redshirted last semester, is trying to climb up from the scout team.

“The linebacker corps, we look a lot more athletic,” Tuberville said. “Now we’ve just got to learn what to do.”

Corner check

One of the team’s spring objectives is to find a starter at cornerback. During Tuesday’s 11-on-11 team period, the offense tested Eugene Neboh with deep throws on back-to-back plays. Neboh had blanket coverage each time, first on Derek Edwards, then on Darrin Moore and both Seth Doege passes fell incomplete.

Neboh has taken all the first-team snaps this spring opposite Cornelius Douglas, whom head coach Tommy Tuberville regards as the team’s best corner.

Junior Jarvis Phillips is working as the sub-package nickel back.

Redshirt freshman Jeremy Reynolds, who’s worked with the second team through the first three practices, also made a play. Flanker Aaron Fisher ran a fly pattern and briefly snagged a back-shoulder throw, but Reynolds pounced and pulled it out.


Helping hand

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said senior quarterback Seth Doege looks more comfortable this spring than last spring, now that he’s a returning starter. Doege completed 6 of 7 attempts at one point in Tuesday’s team scrimmage period.

At the same time, he’s focusing his efforts on getting newcomers acclimated.

“The thing about Seth is he’s trying to help all these younger guys and the guys who don’t have experience as much as anybody,” Tuberville said. “That kind of puts him in a dilemma of not being to concentrate on himself. But that’s good.

“He’s trying to coach and play at the same time, but he’s a lot more relaxed. He understands what’s going on. He knows this is his team.”


In brief

Tech announced Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at 10:45 a.m. will be open to the public. The scrimmage is scheduled for the fifth session of spring ball, the first the NCAA permits full pads. ... DE Leon Mackey and DE Jackson Richards practiced for the first time Tuesday. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Mackey was gone for the first two workouts to take care of “personal issues at home,” and Richards had an eye infection. ... Cqulin Hubert took a few snaps at DE for the first time this spring, going against LT LaAdrian Waddle on one play and facing RT Le’Raven Clark the next. Coaches want to see if Hubert can help as an edge rusher after in addition to playing his usual LB spot. ... In the inside running drill, OLB Chris Payne and S Austin Stewart stopped RB Kenny Williams behind the line of scrimmage. ... OLB Daniel Cobb recovered a fumble in 11-on-11. ... Redshirt freshman IR Jakeem Grant made a couple of nice catches. In 7-on-7, he snagged a throw to the sideline from QB Michael Brewer on a play that covered about 30 yards. In the team period, Grant caught a Seth Doege throw between the safeties for about 25 yards. ... DE Dartwan Bush beat freshman RT Matt Wilson with an inside move and then batted down a Michael Brewer pass. ... TE Jace Amaro caught a quick post over the middle for big yardage in 11-on-11. It likely would have been a big gain, even if the Red Raiders were in a live-scrimmage setting. Amaro’s 6-foot-5 height also came in handy to catch a pass just beyond CB Jarvis Phillips for about 15 yards.


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