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Raiders ponder redshirting receiver

Posted: April 1, 2012 - 11:09pm  |  Updated: April 1, 2012 - 11:54pm
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Texas Tech's Javon Bell is pulled down by Derrick Mays during the Texas Tech Red-Black Game at Jones AT&T Stadium  on March 24.  Stephen Spillman
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Texas Tech's Javon Bell is pulled down by Derrick Mays during the Texas Tech Red-Black Game at Jones AT&T Stadium on March 24.
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Texas Tech might try to redshirt an upperclassman receiver next football season, hoping to limit what will be heavy graduation losses at the end of the year.

Senior split end Marcus Kennard, junior flanker Javon Bell and sophomore flanker Bradley Marquez all have an unused redshirt year available. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Kennard and Bell are the ones he’s most likely to consider holding back.

“Those are the two that have redshirts we could utilize,” Brown said, “because I think both of them have a lot of potential, and I don’t want to waste a year by them being a 2 or a 3 (on the depth chart). If they’re not going to get half the reps, I don’t want to waste a year.”

Junior Eric Ward caught 84 passes for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He’s the clearcut No. 1 at Kennard’s position. Redshirt freshman Derek Edwards showed promise in spring practice, and he would need to continue on an upward arc.

Senior Darrin Moore is the first-team flanker with Marquez second and Bell third after spring practice, Brown said. Moore looked outstanding last year in spring practice, again in preseason camp and in the first two games of the season before he got hurt.

Brown said he was thinking Marquez might be a redshirt candidate before Tech started spring practice last month.

“But he played so well,” Brown said. “Really, it’s going to be Kennard or Bell.”

Both players made big plays in the Red-Black Game on March 24. Kennard caught two touchdown passes, and Bell broke a tunnel-screen pass for 62 yards.

The Red Raiders stand to lose five senior receivers after 2012: Kennard, Austin Zouzalik, Alex Torres, Tyson Williams and Moore.

“That’s a big chunk for one year,” Brown said. “It’d be beneficial if we could redshirt one of those guys and bring them back.”

If Edwards isn’t ready for a regular role in September, Brown said Bell could switch to split end. That would leave Bell backing up Ward, free Kennard to redshirt, and make Moore and Marquez the top two at flanker.

Of course, unforseen circumstances could make the whole idea moot. Brown noted that he also planned to redshirt Kennard in mid-August last year, but wound up being unable to.

Brown said he anticipates redshirting the receivers the Red Raiders signed in February: Dominique Wheeler, Reginald Davis and Keenon Ward.

Sophomore Shawn Corker is another player who could factor in at flanker. Corker bounced from receiver to cornerback near the end of last season, to a potential safety candidate over the winter back to receiver in the spring. However, he didn’t get in any workout time in February and March, because he’s recovering from shoulder surgery.

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen him play,” Brown said, “but he’s got a chance to get in that rotation.”


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Ready Made Excuses

Start selling the story now. But when Tech doesn't make a bowl this next season, starting a new streak of the losing kind, the excuse for the Fall of 2013 will be that graduation makes Tech too youthful on offense to pass as often as Tech would like. Oh, and there will be that gauntlet of a schedule with games at WVU, UT and OU in 2013. And if that doesn't work, it is too windy, my wife is a wreck waiting to happen and my business partners are defrauding people who hire lawyers who chase me of all people, the most innocent victim. So long as Tech's defense in Tubs' third season goes from near last to somewhere in the middle, and no more than 1 team gets near 70 points, then we can all be super hyped about the Jones again. Protect this house!


I'm sorry Coach Brown, but

I'm sorry Coach Brown, but that's what happens when you invest heavily in JUCO transfers. Receiver is a position that you can put freshmen in and be okay at. Especially in a spread scheme where you have a plethora of positions to put them in. This sounds to me like mismanagement of resources and now it's biting us in the butt.

How many players have we received where we're moving them from spot to spot? Receivers to DB's, DB's to receivers, Tailbacks to Receivers then back to Tailbacks...I'm frustrated just reading about it. I can only imagine how frustrating it is for the players having to learn three spots at once.

Kennard has tremendous potential for us. Redshirt him this year. We've got the youth to hold us over for this season. Our running game should be able to carry the burden of a youthful receiving corp. After this season, then we'll have the solid running game and a more experienced passing game to help break in an up and coming qb (as if he actually reads this but hey I can dream right? lol).


Go Tech

Go Tech.


Another thing I'm waiting on

is the dismissal of the charges on the two you know who. Something tells me they won't be dropped.



So who is going to carry the running game in '13 if Stephens plays and graduates. I have not seen that guy. Is he on campus today? My bet is that Williams will be gone. Daniels is gone. There is no every down running back on the team other than Stephens.

Still a lot of shuffling players around. That says that they do not have the talent they need, or are having trouble evaluating it. I have my doubts about the defense, but LB seems it might be better. But we lost the only one we had from last year.

Not a situation that spells confidence.


Tuberville's status

How much was TTubs involved in the "ponzi scheme"

Go here: http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/tag/Donnan_Alleged_Ponzi


Tubberville on the hot seat?

I read this article on yahoo (http://voices.yahoo.com/is-tommy-tubervilles-job-line-2012-11186182.html?cat=9) . I hope he is on the hot seat. I do think he can turn this around and that he has potential to be good at Tech, but I hope that our administration has enough pride in our football program to see the reality and understand that if there is no improvement then you have to consider firing him.


Tuberville is Beyond Safe

Folks, to run off Tuberville is to admit an error in hiring.

Arrogance rules all at Tech--there will be no admission of guilt.

Tuberville has the safest job in athletics.



Fess Up

Who voted against me? Justification, please.



This has less to do with the JUCO's and more to do with the Freshman. Edwards, McRoy, Jakeem Grant, and Jace Amaro will all play next year Edwards and Amaro are listed as starters Grant and McRoy are running with the 2's.

Bell especially looks like he will get the redshirt because of the great depth. Edwards 4-star, Amaro 4-star, McRoy 4-star, Kennard 4-star, Grant High 3-star, Bell High 3-star, and Marquez High 3-star. Plus the proven players in Zou, Torres, Moore, and Ward. Not to mention talented guys like Corker and Fisher that can not even crack the two-deep. We have a nice mix of youth and age at receiver. Plus Wheeler, R. Davis, Gladney, and Keenan Ward coming in as Freshman it is likely that at least one will make the 2 deep.

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