Surgery for Reynolds
Texas Tech redshirt freshman cornerback Jeremy Reynolds will undergo surgery on the right knee he injured in Saturday’s 49-14 win against New Mexico, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Tuesday.
Reynolds is expected to miss the rest of the season because of the injury, which was classified as a sprain Monday by Tech spokesman Blayne Beal.
“He’s got some pretty good damage,” Tuberville said. “We’ll rehab him for three or four weeks before we do anything.”
Tuberville on Tuesday also updated the progress of injured players Shawn Corker and Tony Morales.
Corker, a sophomore wide receiver, had surgery in early August after suffering a fracture to a bone on the outside of his foot. Corker ran at practice Monday, but Tuberville said he is “probably one more game away from going full speed.”
Redshirt freshman offensive guard/center Tony Morales, who suffered a strained medial collateral ligament in his knee a few days before Tech’s season opener, has an outside chance of playing against Iowa State but is more likely another couple weeks away, Tuberville said.
“He was being close to getting back last week, then had a setback,” Tuberville said of Morales. “He twisted it a little bit and it kind of threw him back a couple weeks. He’ll be close to next week. I don’t know whether he’ll be ready, but he’ll end up making the trip and helping if possible. He’s had tough luck with injuries.”
Bye a bummer?
Coming off three convincing non-conference wins, Texas Tech is not thrilled about having to take a week off before opening up its Big 12 Conference schedule at Iowa State.
“I’d rather play this week,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “I think we’re playing well and playing consistent. I would imagine if you’d ask (Iowa State coach) Paul Rhoads, he’d say the same thing. We tried to do it. It’s a little bit early, to me, for an open date. We tried to move it to next week to kind of break it up, but we couldn’t pull it off.”
Tech center Deveric Gallington said the players are eager to get back on the field, so an open date this weekend isn’t being treated with a lot of excitement.
“We were talking about it today, how we really don’t like bye weeks,” Gallington said. “We wish we were playing Saturday, but every team has a bye week. It’s a chance to get better, work on fundamentals. We’ll work on that this week and come back Sunday to get ready for the game plan.”
Tuberville said the team did a small amount of game planning for Iowa State on Tuesday, but he said the majority of the week will be treated like a fast-paced spring practice.
“It’s really not time to give them any rest,” Tuberville said, “because we haven’t worked them long or hard enough and don’t have that many people hurt. So we’re just using it as an extra spring practice.”
Players of the week
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville announced his players of the week from the victory against New Mexico after Tuesday’s practice, and once again there were few surprises.
Seth Doege was named the offensive player of the week after throwing for a career-high six touchdowns, five of which came in the first half of the Red Raiders’ 49-14 victory. The senior quarterback completed 27 of 35 passes for 340 yards and didn’t throw an interception.
Doege’s 12 touchdown passes are two more than any quarterback in the nation has thrown through three games.
Kerry Hyder was defensive player of the week for his play along the defensive front. Hyder tallied two tackles, but his greatest contribution came from clogging space and forcing double teams that allowed Tech’s linebackers and safeties to roam free.
The Red Raiders held New Mexico to just 127 total yards.
The special teams player of the week honor was given to linebacker Blake Dees, who made two of his five tackles on kickoff returns.
Compiled by Nick Kosmider