Fullback done for year
Texas Tech junior fullback Omar Ontiveros will miss the rest of the season after suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the fourth quarter of Tech’s 55-24 loss to Kansas State on Saturday.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Ontiveros will undergo surgery this week.
The junior had been used mainly as a blocking back this season. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.
Tuberville said the coaching staff will be looking for players in practice this week who can fill Ontiveros’ role in Tech’s two-back sets.
“You have to have a big package,” Tuberville said. “You can’t go into the game and not have a two-back (set). It hurts us in the wildcat (formation). He’s in there on wildcat. We’ll make adjustments and get somebody else, but you hate to put someone in there who hasn’t played a whole lot.”
Less clear is the status of sophomore tight end Jace Amaro, who has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury to his midsection, which he suffered during Tech’s 49-14 win against West Virginia.
Tuberville said the team should find out Tuesday if Amaro, who has caught 23 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns in six games, will be cleared by doctors to practice.
“He’s frustrated,” Tuberville said. “He wants to play. He’s got to be released by (team doctors). He hasn’t been cleared yet. We’ll find out (Tuesday) if he’s cleared to practice. They evaluate him every Monday or Tuesday. We don’t do anything on Sunday, but he was out there running around pretty good.”
Tuberville said cornerback Cornelius Douglas, who has missed the last two weeks with a knee injury, “should go” against Texas on Saturday. Nickel back Tre Porter, who missed the game against Kansas State, “looked good” on Sunday, Tuberville said, though he didn’t specify as to whether Porter will play this week.
“We need both of them,” Tuberville said. “We’re getting a little tired at defensive back when your cornerbacks are having to go every snap.”
Cornerback Eugene Neboh, who left in the fourth quarter with an injury, is “fine” and will play Saturday, Tuberville said.
Texas Tech on Monday unveiled its “Lone Star Pride” uniforms, made by Under Armour, which the team will wear during its game against Texas on Saturday.
The jerseys are highlighted by blue patches on the shoulders that feature a star of the Texas flag. A strip down the side of the pants reads “Lone Star” with a Texas-flag-colored star in the middle.
The helmet decal features the school’s Double T logo on top of an outline of the state of Texas.
The new uniforms, which Tech will wear only for Saturday’s game, drew mixed reaction from the Red Raiders.
“They’re cool,” Tech quarterback Seth Doege said. “I think Under Armour did a good job. I think the guys are excited to wear them. We’re excited to represent the Lone Star Pride and excited to play (Texas) in them.”
When asked about the uniforms, Tech safety Cody Davis offered a sly smile and a one-word answer.
“Interesting,” he said of the new threads.
Safety D.J. Johnson said the team isn’t putting too much stock into what it will be wearing.
“Man, I don’t know,” he said. “I guess they’re cool uniforms. I’m not really worried about it. I just want to get the W.”
Wide receiver woes
Texas Tech is beginning to feel the sting created by absences among members of its receiver corps, coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday.
Outside receivers Bradley Marquez and Javon Bell haven’t played since early October and are out for the season with injuries. Tight end Jace Amaro hasn’t played since turning in a career day against West Virginia on Oct. 13. It is not yet clear when he will return.
All three had been solid targets for quarterback Seth Doege at different points in the season.
“Our depth is curtailed somewhat in terms of wide receivers,” Tuberville said, “and we could tell that we’re getting a little bit tired.
“It’s just hard to lose experienced guys. Bradley Marquez was a guy that was playing a lot of snaps in different positions. Then you had Amaro out, and Javon Bell, who was starting to play 20, 30 snaps a game. Now we’ve taken a step back, and the guys are doing a good job. It’s just when you run 70, 80 plays, it’s just hard to play that many and play as fast as you want to play.”
Tuberville said Shawn Corker, who has yet to play this season because of a hand injury he suffered before fall camp, is practicing with the team and could play soon. The coach added it would be too late to bring any freshmen wide receivers into the mix.
Ash gets the call
Texas coach Mack Brown on Monday named David Ash the starter for Saturday’s game against Texas Tech.
Ash has been the starter all season, but he was pulled for backup Case McCoy after throwing two interceptions and completing 8 of 16 passes for 63 yards.
McCoy led the Longhorns on two scoring drives, including a 70-yard game-winning march that began with about two minutes remaining and Texas trailing by a field goal.
Despite McCoy’s success on Saturday, Brown told reporters Ash’s body of work has afforded him the chance to continue as the team’s starting quarterback heading into a crucial Big 12 game against the Red Raiders.
“Not much discussion,” Brown said of the decision to stick with Ash. “David has done a great job. We’re lucky to have two [quarterbacks]. That’s what we fought for in the competition in the spring and summer. We wanted to know we would have two guys. It’s a hard position to play.”
Ash has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,726 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. McCoy, who split time with Ash last season, has completed 16 of 24 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions) in relief duty this year.
Kansas game set
Texas Tech will play its Nov. 10 home game against Kansas at 11 a.m., Tech announced Monday.
The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. It will mark the sixth-straight day game for the Red Raiders, dating back to their contest against Oklahoma on Oct. 6.
Compiled by Nick Kosmider