Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday dismissed a blog report that said wide receiver Bradley Marquez might quit football to play pro baseball full-time.
“I hadn’t heard that,” Tuberville said. “I don’t know where that came from.”
In a Tuesday web posting, Matthew Cerrone on MetsBlog.com cited two unnamed sources “suggesting Marquez is considering giving up football at Texas Tech to pursue baseball full (time) with the Mets.”
When the A-J asked Tuberville if there had been any discussions along those lines, he said, “No. No. I hadn’t heard that. They (the Mets) probably need him.”
Tuberville said Marquez practiced Wednesday.
The Mets drafted Marquez, a center fielder, in the 16th round in June 2011. This summer, he batted .267 in his debut with the Mets’ affiliate at Class A Kingsport, Tenn.
As a sophomore with the Red Raiders, he has 15 catches for 165 yards. He’s one of six Tech receivers with between 12 and 20 receptions and between 125 and 275 receiving yards.
Marquez has shared time with Eric Ward and Marcus Kennard at split end and Darrin Moore and Javon Bell at flanker.
No travel troubles
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville isn’t among those who believe West Virginia will be adversely affected by back-to-back weeks of lengthy road trips.
The Mountaineers traveled to Austin last week and defeated Texas, arriving back home in Morgantown, W. Va., at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, coach Dana Holgorsen said.
After a few days back home, West Virginia will be headed to Texas again for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Lubbock.
“(Players) enjoy trips,” Tuberville said. “They enjoy going other places. Now that we’re in a routine, we only work six hours per week. You have a two-hour practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then it’s pretty much over with. So it’s not that big a deal.”
That’s not to say Tuberville hasn’t experienced a grueling road stretch in his career.
“I’ve gone all the way from Miami to BYU (in Provo, Utah), and then, the next week, turned around and went all the way to Cal-Berkley. That’s a trip.”
FL Javon Bell went in early from Wednesday’s practice. Tuberville said Bell twisted a foot, but it wasn’t serious.
Compiled by Don Williams
and Nick Kosmider