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Micah Awe wrought havoc playing middle linebacker his senior year in high school and now he’s getting the chance to show what he can do at middle linebacker again.
That might worry some folks, given Awe’s size, but it doesn’t bother Awe.
“I know people (think) I’m going to be small and all that, but I don’t really care,” the Texas Tech sophomore said Friday after the Red Raiders’ fifth workout of spring. “I think I’ll do better than most people expect, by the grace of God.”
Awe said he’s taking snaps in practice at the same position as juniors Blake Dees and Zach Winbush.
Awe’s fearless, energetic style earned him playing time in all 13 games as a true freshman last season. He was credited with 13 tackles, showing he wasn’t afraid to knock heads at 6-foot and 210 pounds.
“I don’t think (weight) is an issue, but coach wants me to be 220,” Awe said. “I’ll try my best to get there, but if I don’t, there’s a lot of people I can compare to that’s small. I met (former Tech receiver) Danny Amendola yesterday. He’s shorter than I am. He’s in the NFL making millions.”
Awe was a linebacker all the way up at Mansfield Summit, playing outside his sophomore and junior years and middle linebacker as a senior. In his last two years combined, he was credited with 210 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and six caused fumbles, winning District 7-4A defensive MVP recognition as a senior.
One difference was Awe was a 4-3 middle linebacker in 2011 at Summit, and now he’s playing the middle in a 3-4 that new Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt is installing.
“(In) the 4-3, I loved playing middle, so I was excited to play middle in the 3-4,” Awe said. “There’s a lot of similarities and things that come together. It makes it real easy that I’ve learned a lot of things already before coming into this 3-4.”
Compiled by Don Williams