Texas Tech linebacker Cqulin Hubert has been kicked off the team for a violation of team rules, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Saturday.
Hubert, a 6-foot-1, 237-pound junior, was dismissed Thursday, Beal said. He would not elaborate on the nature of the violation.
Hubert was the Red Raiders’ sixth-leading tackler in 2011 with 38 stops, including 51/2 tackles for loss. He also had a sack, an interception, a pass breakup and a caused fumble.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said earlier this month that Hubert showed some pass-rush potential on blitzes, so coaches had just started to experiment with him as a defensive end in the last week.
At the end of the 2010 season, Hubert was in on a career-high 13 tackles in a TicketCity Bowl victory over Northwestern, which seemed to set the stage for a promising career. However, he was only a part-time regular last season, making six starts, and was suspended from the season finale against Baylor.
Linebacker Will Smith’s interception was one of the more eye-catching plays of the scrimmage. The 6-foot-3 Smith jumped to deflect Seth Doege’s pass over the middle, then clutch it and tucked it away.
The Red Raiders have high hopes for Smith after he made 88 tackles last season on an undefeated team at Riverside (Calif.) Community College.
“Will Smith obviously showed up,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We knew he was going to make a huge impact early, if he can just continue to learn. He’s got to get stronger. He’s going to be a good leader for us. He got experience playing junior college, and that’s helped him.”
Finding a role
Redshirt freshman Michael Brewer is “a little bit more elusive” than senior quarterback Seth Doege, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said, so Tech wants to find a niche for Brewer next season.
“He’ll play some next year,” Tuberville said. “We’re going to get him in as much as we possibly can. We’ll probably have a package for him every game — possibly running it, play-action. He’s a guy that can get out of the pocket now and put pressure on a defense.”
Brewer completed 13 of 16 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Tuberville said he’s been impressed by Brewer’s competitiveness and his ability to listen and learn.
“He watches a lot of film on his own,” Tuberville said. “The players respect him.”
Seth Doege completed only 10 of 25 passes for 70 yards, but Tuberville has credited him more than once with preoccupying himself with teaching the team’s new players.
“Today he was probably doing more coaching,” Tuberville said, “than he was playing quarterback.”
Tuberville said Doege has thrown the ball well during the first week-plus of spring ball.
“He’s got a lot more speed on the ball. Looks like he’s got a tighter spiral,” Tuberville said. “I mean, he’s into it. He’s into every day. He’s working receivers, working short passes, deep passes. He’s going to be fine as we go along.”
A handful of players in the two-deep didn’t scrimmage. Flanker Javon Bell was held out after he hurt a groin muscle in a pre-scrimmage practice. Linebacker Chris Payne, who missed the start of the 2011 season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after knee surgery, was held out with knee soreness.
Running back Bradley Marquez is out with bruised ribs, Tuberville said, and inside receiver Austin Zouzalik is being handled carefully after he had a concussion near the end of last season. He’s not scrimmaging.
Compiled by Don Williams