The chances of inside receiver Javares McRoy suiting up again for Texas Tech appear dim. McRoy is suspended from the team, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Monday.
McRoy, a 5-foot-8, 167-pound redshirt freshman, played in only one game this season, catching a pass for 3 yards. He has not practiced with the team for weeks.
Beal said the suspension actually came some time ago, but he removed McRoy from the roster just in the last couple of days.
“He is suspended from the football team,” Beal said. “He is still on campus.”
If McRoy never plays for Tech again, it will be a significant case of high expectations going unfulfilled. Former Tech assistant coach Lincoln Riley once said Javares McRoy reminded him of Dexter McCluster, the pint-sized all-purpose player from Ole Miss who became an NFL second-round draft choice.
This spring, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said McRoy “can fly.”
Tech initially got a commitment from McRoy during his junior year at Lakeland, Fla., High School only to lose him to Florida well before signing day.
McRoy had a change of heart after enrolling at Florida and transferred to Tech. He said this spring he didn’t feel comfortable with the new Florida staff after a coaching change and didn’t think he fit their offense as well as he would have before.
As a bonus, by coming to Tech, he would get to play with his brother, Ben McRoy.
Ironically, neither are with the team anymore. Ben was a productive kickoff-return specialist for two years, but then left the team before the 2012 season started.
Bullitt lost for year
Terrance Bullitt’s season-long fight through chronic shoulder problems has put him on the shelf for good. The starting outside linebacker will undergo surgery this week, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday, and is done for the year.
“We hate that,” Tuberville said. “Same shoulder, and he just couldn’t go anymore.”
It will be Bullitt’s second surgery in less than a year on his left shoulder. Last off-season, surgeons repaired a torn labrum.
Bullitt said in a mid-October interview he had aggravated the shoulder in four games this year. He said he would feel a “shift” in the joint, then numbness.
He hurt it again nine days ago in the Red Raiders’ 31-22 loss to Texas, missing the fourth quarter.
Bullitt had 19 tackles, a sack, three quarterback pressures and two pass breakups. A year ago, he was one of the defense’s most productive players, with 56 tackles and a team-high 91/2 tackles for loss.
Tuberville said sophomores Sam Eguavoen and Zach Winbush will get more action in Bullitt’s absence. He also talked in glowing terms about true freshman Micah Awe. Awe has been listed all year as Bullitt’s backup, though in game time he has not always been in the rotation.
Tuberville said Awe “plays a hundred miles an hour,” even if he’s not always in the right place, and “is going to be a heck of a player.”
“One thing I like about him, he’s an excellent tackler, a good open-field tackler,” Tuberville said. “I think that’s what we miss is an outside linebacker tackling in open field, one-on-one. We don’t do that very well. We don’t play with confidence in that area.”
Tuberville said the team hopes to have second-team nickel back Jarvis Phillips and starting cornerback Cornelius Douglas back this week from their injuries, but he didn’t guarantee it. And the weekly Jace Amaro watch drags on with no word on when he’ll return. The big tight end has missed four games after taking a shot in the midsection from a West Virginia linebacker.
“Offensively, we still don’t know anything on that side of the ball, if we’ve got anybody coming back or not,” Tuberville said. “We’ll have to wait and see how the week goes.”
Content for now
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville on Monday said he doesn’t want to leave Tech until both his sons graduate.
At least two and possibly more Southeastern Conference jobs will be open in the offseason. Tuberville has already been mentioned as a potential candidate at Arkansas, in his home state, and Kentucky.
“I never listen to that,” he said. “That’s all message-board stuff. We’re happy here. We’re excited. When I came here, we wanted Tucker and Troy to both graduate here. I’m tired of moving them around.”
Tucker Tuberville, the coach’s older son, is a walk-on freshman quarterback at Tech. His younger son is in high school.
Tuberville spent 14 years as a head coach in the SEC, at Ole Miss and Auburn. He said his name coming up in job rumors just means his current team is headed in the right direction.
“It’s good,” he said. “Other people might think that you’ve won a game or two in your lifetime. But I never get caught up in that. It drives you nuts.”
Players of week
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville on Monday named safety D.J. Johnson the team’s defensive player of the week for the Kansas game and inside receiver Tyson Williams and tackle LaAdrian Waddle as offensive players of the week.
Johnson was credited with a game-high 10 tackles.
Tuberville said Williams and Waddle “had the best game that they’ve had since they’ve been here.”
Both are seniors, though Williams, a transfer from West Texas A&M, is playing his first season for the Red Raiders. He made four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. It was his first touchdown and his season high yardage total.
The special-teams recognition went to kicker Kramer Fyfe, whose produced four touchbacks on six kickoffs.
Scout-team players of the week were running back DeAndre Washington and walk-on defensive back John White, a redshirt freshman from Class 1A Bremond.
Tech-Baylor time set
Tech’s Nov. 24 regular-season finale against Baylor has been set for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by FOX (channel 34; Suddenlink Cable channel 10).
That means of the Red Raiders’ nine Big 12 Conference games, the last eight are day games.
“I wish we could have had at least one or two games at night here,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “I love, on the road, playing where you can get up and go play (earlier). ... I think college football is better in the daytime. I think your fans are a lot more active when you’re at home at night.”
The Tech-Baylor game is at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, the fourth year in a row the two teams have met at a neutral site in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Compiled by Don Williams and Nick Kosmider