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Waddle injury has Tech shuffling offensive line

Left tackle's 36-game starting streak in jeopardy

Posted: November 19, 2012 - 4:52pm  |  Updated: November 20, 2012 - 1:13am
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Texas Tech's LaAdrian Waddle stands behind Tommy Tuberville during their game against Oklahoma State. Waddle left the game with an injury and is doubtful to return this week. (Zach Long)
Texas Tech's LaAdrian Waddle stands behind Tommy Tuberville during their game against Oklahoma State. Waddle left the game with an injury and is doubtful to return this week. (Zach Long)
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Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville didn’t say for sure on Monday, but it seems likely the offensive linemen the Red Raiders finished the game with Saturday at Oklahoma State will be the only ones at their disposal this week.

Offensive guard Alfredo Morales, a part-time starter this year who reinjured a shoulder in the 59-21 loss, is out. Left tackle LaAdrian Waddle’s status is uncertain, Tuberville said during his weekly press conference, but he didn’t sound optimistic.

“Not a lot of change from Saturday on most of them,” Tuberville said. “Hopefully we can get somebody back at the end of the week, but right now it doesn’t look very good.”

That means Tech coaches had to make decisions Monday regarding game-week preparations for the offensive line. Tech (7-4, 4-4 in the Big 12 Conference) plays Baylor (5-5, 2-5) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Waddle, who has made 38 career starts including the last 36 games in a row, had his right knee braced after Saturday’s game and again Monday at the Tech Football Training Facility. When Waddle went down early in the second quarter, the Red Raiders moved Terry McDaniel from right tackle to left tackle, Le’Raven Clark from right guard to right tackle, Beau Carpenter from left guard to right guard and inserted Morales at right guard.

When Morales got hurt later in the second quarter, little-used sophomore James Polk replaced him.

And later, regular center Deveric Gallington played some guard and true freshman Jared Kaster took Gallington’s spot at center. Though Kaster has shown promise this year in limited time, he sailed a snap over quarterback Seth Doege’s head that turned into a a turnover and a 24-yard loss.

That wasn’t the worst of it for Doege, who was sacked three times, matching a season high, and knocked around several more times.

“We’ve got five days to figure out a combination to protect and be able to throw,” Tuberville said, “because we’ve got to be able to throw the ball this week — we all know that — to have a chance. But the number-one thing is I don’t want the quarterback on his back every time he throws it.”

Tuberville said the answers aren’t cut and dried, because several Tech linemen have played more than one position. Therefore, coaches have to decide whether to use Gallington at guard or center, for example, and whether to put Clark at right guard or right tackle.

McDaniel seems likely to be at left tackle, provided Waddle doesn’t get well in time.

“He played pretty good,” Tuberville said of McDaniel’s work Saturday at left tackle. “He hadn’t played there, but he’s practiced there quite a bit.”

Though junior-college transfer Rashad Fortenberry has been listed as Waddle’s backup all season, Tuberville said Fortenberry has been unavailable because of a back injury.

“He’ll be our starting left tackle next year,” Tuberville said, “but he’s not ready to go (now). That’s a situation we got put in at left tackle. We were in pretty good shape until he hurt his back about three weeks ago. Now that’s the reason we’re in this jam, that we’re trying to get guys in the right position and moving guys around.”

For all the team-wide injury issues since Tuberville took over in 2010, the offensive line has mostly avoided them each of the last three years. That was true again this season until Saturday. Waddle, Gallington, Clark and McDaniel have started every game.

Gallington and Waddle both have started the last 36 games, and McDaniel has started the last 23 in a row and 27 in his career.

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College football

Who: Texas Tech vs. Baylor

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

Records: Baylor 5-5, 2-5 in the Big 12 Conference; Texas Tech 7-4, 4-4

Rankings (BCS/AP/coaches): Baylor unranked/receiving notes/unranked; Texas Tech unranked/unranked/receiving votes

Last game: Baylor 52, Kansas State 24; Oklahoma State 59, Texas Tech 21

Last meeting: Baylor 66, Tech 42 last year in Arlington

TV: FOX (channel 34; Suddenlink Cable channel 10)

Line: Baylor by 2 1/2

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Offensive Linemen

Tech really needs to recruit several offensive linemen this year. They have lacked depth at this position for several years.

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Agreed

Seniors, juniors, and red-shirt sophomores would have been recruits of the (Remember Houston) regime. Funny about how y'all aren't here to bs true raider fans about all the great talent he left at these positions. The o-line, d-tackle and cb need to be top priorities.

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Offensive Lineman, I like this excuse:

"Former Tech linebacker Ty Linder, who coaches Oklahoma State special teams,"... blah, blah,blah.

Linder is from another Tubbs story, the excuse for the OSU big loss, so after losing to Baylor, will the lack of defensive linemen be that game's big excuse?

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Same Game Plan

From now until the end of September 2013, we will read and hear the same exact concerted effort from Tech Admin, Tubs and their mouthpieces.

Injuries did us in. New schedule for 2013. Statistical improvements on defense reflecting Tubs' defensive genius. Tubs returned Texas Tech to bowl eligibility! New recruits for the future reflecting Tubs' accumen, the types of players taking Tech to the next level. Dog and pony shows in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio selling the same BS.

Now, it's 2013 and look at how we are dismantling those September teams, more proof we are all world and off to the upper tiers of college football! DW will whip out the "NASCAR offense" once again, only to push it right back into his drawer of delusion for the remainder of the 2013 season. Ooops, now it's time for the 2014 line of BS, here we go!

Rinse, and repeat. Rinse, and repeat. It's probably all on the same PowerPoint that was created in 2009 when the Tubervilles were smoking cigars with Hance and James. For Hance, paid for attendance....I'm good, screw everyone else. We are like infants to him: ". . . look at the shiny keys, look at the shiny keys . . ." Alas, even babies know when the diaper needs changing [insert scene from Family Guy with Stewie pulling his overloaded diaper].

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Penalties

How many penalties did Waddle commit before being injured? It was almost worth it, just to get him out of the game.

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Christmas Gift Idea

Hottest Christmas gift for fellow Red Raiders is a phone app game called Angry Coaches where you try to snatch the headset off the assistants.

But it's educational too. The bonus round is a multiple choice question with only one answer being the absolute biggest lie. If you get it right, the game is over when the narrator says "no more questions, no more questions."

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LODOTX you hit it right on!

Cristi Curry has used these excuses over her tenure here and drove a once proud program into the dirt. I guess the powers that observed this said why not let these excuses flow for a once proud football program.

I am tired of being a sheep. Given the same BS every year. The Karma of what happened 3 years ago has come to roost. The four major revenue producing sports finished DFL. Cellar dwellers.

How true, rinse repeat, rinse repeat. Texas Tech athletics is bush league and always will be if changes are not made within this administration at Tech. In the 1970's and 2000's Tech caught lighting in a bottle only to see the administration in both decades put a end to it and ruin programs. Now it is the washed up politician (Hance) and his board of regents have led Tech down a path of decete, lies and BS.

They got what they wanted. A glad handing Car salesman. I am not buying. To be heard, the only way is to stop buying tickets and stop giving to the University. Our family have since sent a clear message to the administration. We are not giving a dime anymore till Texas Tech University gets rid of the rats in the administration. I suggest those of you that really care about Texas Tech, do the same.

I travel a lot around the nation and my alma mater is considered a joke. They ask me, who is running the show there? It is embarassing to hear such things from people, but I only have to agree. It tarnishes my hard earned degrees I recieved from Tech.

So it is on to Baylor, in Dallas, which should be a home game in Lubbock this year. The "Fat Cat" banker wanted it in Dallas so he got his way. Screw Plains National! That is another matter for another time. Baylor will defeat Tech this weekend and I can hardly wait for the excuses to flow again!

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its all bushs fault!! no wait

its all bushs fault!! no wait leachs sound like anyone we know

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