Stewart to miss Iowa State
Texas Tech sophomore Austin Stewart will not play against Iowa State on Saturday due to academic issues, coach Tommy Tuberville said Tuesday.
Stewart, a backup safety, also missed Tech’s game against New Mexico on Sept. 15 and hasn’t practiced with the team this week.
“He does his workouts after (tutoring sessions) during the day,” Tuberville said. “We had to get him caught back up.”
Tre Porter will be the backup at both safety positions Saturday, Tuberville said, with J.J. Gaines also available.
Tuberville said Stewart, in his first season at Tech after transferring from Los Angeles Pierce College, should return to practice next week.
Senior cornerback Cornelius Douglas should be able to play against Iowa State after missing the New Mexico game with a rib injury, Tech defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said.
“He won’t play the full game,” Kaufman said, “but he’ll be able to give us some snaps in the game.”
Douglas returned to practice Sunday. He missed about two weeks of action after suffering the injury during Tech’s win against Texas State on Sept. 8.
Bruce Jones, who received high marks after starting in Douglas’ place against New Mexico, is listed as the starter at the position on the Tech depth chart for the Iowa State game.
Winbush likely to start
Zach Winbush is likely to make his second start at weakside linebacker, defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said Tuesday.
Winbush made his first career start against New Mexico — he made three tackles — after impressing coaches with a solid week of practice, and he appears ready for another opportunity, though Kaufman cautioned the final decision of whether to start Winbush or Sam Eguavoen won’t come until today.
Kaufman said he is pleased with the way competition at that spot has benefitted both players, adding Winbush and Eguavoen are likely to receive an equal amount of snaps against the Cyclones.
“I think the one thing we came out of the New Mexico game with is a chance to have two starters at that position,” Kaufman said.
Compiled by Nick Kosmider