Seth Doege didn’t get a lot of playing time Saturday, but Texas Tech’s starting quarterback made the most of the snaps he had.
Doege threw touchdown passes to Javon Bell, Darrin Moore and Alex Torres in a 110-play intrasquad scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders picked up the intensity with more hitting than in their first two scrimmages.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville had said Friday it would be full speed with limited contact, but it turned into a little more than that.
“We had a pretty productive day,” Tuberville said. “We got a lot done in situations. The main thing is we wanted to look at the backup quarterback. Seth didn’t play a whole lot. We had some live tackling, which was good for the first team. We needed to get that out of the way.”
Doege’s touchdown throws came when he connected with Bell from 20 yards, with Moore from 2 yards and with Torres for 34 yards. Bell’s TD capped the first series, one on which the JC transfer had all the catches in a 4-for-4 drive for Doege.
“It was encouraging to see us drive the ball down the field that first drive,” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. “I thought Seth handled himself really well, got us into some checks, and our guys that can make some plays did that today.”
No. 2 quarterback Michael Brewer played more and spent time with both the second-team and first-team offenses.
Saturday was a key day to check off for running backs DeAndre Washington and Eric Stephens — they both got tackled for the first time since their knee surgeries late last year. And they’re both going to play this season, Brown said.
Midway through the scrimmage, with the offense looking at third-and-10, Washington made a move and darted 25 yards untouched for a touchdown. On another run, he used some of the same quick cuts he displayed last year as a true freshman.
Afterward, Brown sounded as if the redshirt option for Washington has been taken off the table.
“I think he’s definitely going to play early,” Brown said. “He made a great cut today. He’s probably the guy that has really made the biggest jump from last Saturday to this Saturday. He practiced really well Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”
Tuberville sounded a little more cautious.
“I thought he did well,” Tuberville said. “He got pushed around a little bit, knocked down, hit. I don’t think he’s quite as far along as the other guys. I might be wrong. He might think he is. We’ll just have to wait and see as we go through this week.”
Brown said he plans to use four backs, in addition to fullback Omar Ontiveros. That’s partly because the Red Raiders intend to use more two-back sets this season. In that group are Kenny Williams, Stephens, SaDale Foster and Washington.
Stephens is coming back from a serious knee injury last Oct. 8 against Texas A&M that was followed by reconstructive surgery on Nov. 22, but Brown is counting on him, too.
“I’m pleased with him,” Brown said. “I know what I’m getting. I don’t think he’s where he was the first half of that A&M game yet. But he brings so much to us, because he’s our best pass protector. He’s our best route runner. Got the best hands. And he’s got three years worth of game experience.”
Kicker Ryan Bustin converted field goals from 37, 40, 31 and 22 yards and had a 49-yard try blocked by defensive tackle Delvon Simmons. Tech has scrimmaged three times in eight days with Bustin going 11 for 14 on field goals.
The Red Raiders devoted part of the scrimmage to drilling specific game situations. The offense worked both on moving the ball off the goal line and punching it in from close range. In the latter stretch, Williams ran 2 and 4 yards for touchdowns and Brewer sneaked in from the 1.
Doege’s short TD pass to Moore also came in the goal-line offense sequence.
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