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Tech Football Notes: McRoy suspended

McRoy suspended

Posted: November 12, 2012 - 11:27pm  |  Updated: November 13, 2012 - 1:06am
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McRoy suspended

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

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Recruiting in Florida

Florida has a "free agent" system for high school football players. I'm not kidding.

The newspapers report during the summer where wonderful players have decided to play that year.

The result is that Florida HS players become entitled celebrities during their sophomore or junior football seasons.

So if you want an entitled celebrity to play on your football team, the thing to do is recruit in Florida.

Pure facts.


Boy Birther, Hancer can pick them

Two McRoys were gonna speed in to the end zone at amazing speeds. What a joke. Birther sold us another non-sale item. I don't believe anything the Birther, Hancer says any more.

Lies like a Republican presidential candidate or just any Republican.

Please move on to the stooopid SEC, they will take any one.


Bring The Baylor Game Home Where It Belongs

The Baylor game was moved to Dallas by Gerald Meyers and Kent Hance for one reason and one reason only. To please rich alumni and line the pockets of the University. You NEVER give up the home field advantage. This was a slap to the face of loyal West Texas fans and the business community of Lubbock.

This game needs to be brought back to Lubbock, where it belongs.


@ rj

If you havent noticed this day and age college football is about $$$$. It's about the haves and the have nots and the more $$$ the university brings in the better they compete on and off the field.


Since rj1950 brought it up.....

I really don't have a problem with playing Baylor in Dallas as long as it's at Jerryworld. As I recall it is a plus money deal compared to the expense of putting on a home game.

WHAT I WANT DONE is for Hance, with all his political pull, to GET THE TECH-TEXAS GAME ON THANKSGIVING.

I mean after all, Hance kisses all things Austin on the lips every chance he gets. SO WHERE IS HIS PULL?

If Hance would get this done I might give him a 30-minute pass.



Art Briles has said, "...playing Tech in Dallas is a great deal for BU. I have coached at Tech and I don't want to play them there."

IMHO: UT is manuvering to play Tech, Baylor, and TCU in Austin for Thanksgiving on a revolving basis. I don't think that the Tech-UT home and home will ever materialize until we can beat them on a consistent basis, so you know where this is going.


@ bill214

In the words of Bum Phillips, "You dance with the one that brought you."



Never mind. Yeah that game is pure revenue. Hard to turn down from a pencil pusher perspective, although I agree its screwing the fans that have season tickets and have had for years (like yours truly). And I agree, we will do exactly what the sippers tell us, except for playing on the incredibly ridiculous longhorn network. Come to think about it, thats about the only thing our fearless (and friendless, unless you count Craig James) leader has done that made most everybody happy. UT will never ever do a home and home with anybody on Thanksgiving. In the words of everybody who read bills last post, "huh?". Or was it "Kaufman aka,". Who was it bill? Tell us that one again. It still sits atop the awkward reference poll at #1. Well maybe not now. You might have just trumped yourself with the Bum Phillips comment.


@ rj & coyote

Coyote you say you dont drink but i'm not sure what your smoking? Go borrow your BF hance or feaco glasses knucklehead because if you can read between the lines moron it was RJ that said that stupid comment not me. Hey coyote you have any more good quotes for us lol.

RJ, I stand by my post. And it is still about the $$$$ not "who brung you". Welcome to 2012


@ bill214

Bill, I am not naive. I know what makes programs tick. And, I am well aware of the money and politics involved. I also know that, however hard Tech or you try to justify moving the Baylor game to Dallas, it is just plain wrong. There are other things just as important as money (to some people).

Tech is good for Lubbock and Lubbock is good for Tech. Lubbock fans and businesses have supported the Raiders when it wasn't necessarily the popular thing to do. In turn, Tech needs to take care of it's fans, the community and local businesses.

Lubbock has stuck with Tech thick and thin. Hence the quote of Bum Phillips: "You dance with the one that brought you."

And, it was Lubbock and local fans that brought you. Not the Metroplex.


@ rj

I agree with most of what you said. Unfortunately as unpopular as some decisions are they have to be made what's best for the university long term. I didn't like the decision to move the game to Dallas but I completely understood. Do you think UT/OU like the game in Dallas at first? 100 years later they are still loving it. The tech administrators I bet looked at the largest alumni base in Dallas as well as recruiting, money, future games, etc..

I get the fact business lost and largest revenue for Lubbock on football week/ weekend and everything that goes along with that. You have to invest in the in the future of the students, the largest alumni/ fan base & and university. Lubbock & Texas tech will profit in the long run. The exposure in the metroplex will pay big dividends.

You can dance all you want but money walks and BS talks (coyote). Its still about the $$$$ at the end of the day.



Unfortunately, that is true. Everything from Collegiate Football to business plays by the Golden Rule. Whoever has the gold, makes the rules.

Sometimes,though, you just hate the bottom line always being the bottom line.


You even got that wrong bill

Money walks and bs talks? Is your point on this discussion that the game was moved to Dallas due to significant financial gain? I have no doubt that anyone who reads your drivel cant help but lose IQ points. I give up man. A couple of months ago I suggested that you enroll at Texas Tech so that no one could call you a t-shirt fan. I apologize for that bill. Obviously you have a learning disability that would preclude your ability to be admitted as a student. God love ya, I shoud not have made fun of you for what is obviously a very fundamental deficit in your ability to comprehend and express rational responses.



no come back for coyote? You guys crack me up.


The little bill train

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can". The little engine that could. It might take you a while bill, but I think you could read that book with a little help. Might even help you a little with your spelling and sentence structure.

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