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Red Raiders Football Notebook: Adding Amaro

Adding Amaro

Posted: September 17, 2013 - 10:45pm  |  Updated: September 18, 2013 - 12:17am
Texas Tech's Jace Amaro looks to escape TCU's Chris Hackett during their game on Thursday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)  Stephen Spillman/AJ Media
Stephen Spillman/AJ Media
Texas Tech's Jace Amaro looks to escape TCU's Chris Hackett during their game on Thursday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)
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Adding Amaro

Texas Tech junior tight end Jace Amaro played his first full game last Thursday against TCU since the Oklahoma game in 2012.

On Tuesday, Amaro was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

He is now on the watch lists for both the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding receiver, and the John Mackey Award, which goes to the top tight end.

Tuesday morning, Amaro posted on Twitter, “Can you win both the John Mackey award and the Fred Biletnikoff Award in the same year? New goal.”

 

Still a problem

Out of 123 schools in the FBS, Texas Tech ranks No. 116 in fewest penalties per game and No. 121 in fewest penalty yards per game. The Red Raiders are averaging a little more than nine penalties for 91 yards per game.

Penalties were a problem for the Red Raiders last season.

“When I got here it was one of the biggest things I harped on and we are still about dead last in the country,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “We have to try something else. We escaped some games and had lots of penalties and (have) gotten wins that way. So if we can cut those in half, we’ll have a chance the rest of the way. But we have to improve on that.”

 

Aiming to finish

Defensive end Dartwan Bush spent a lot of time in the TCU backfield during last week’s 20-10 Texas Tech victory. He pressured the passer three times and made an important tackle for no gain when TCU had third-and-8 from the Tech 38-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Nevertheless, Bush has yet to record a sack this season after having six last year.

“Pressures are good. I felt good about it,” Bush said after Tuesday’s practice. “But I’ve got to start getting sacks. I’ve got to start finishing. At practice, we learned about angles and breaking down under control, so that’s really what I’m worried about.”

 

Best highlight

Inside receiver Jakeem Grant got a lot of attention for two catches he made against TCU. There was one in which he dodged three tacklers and another on which he jumped as high as he could and came down with a one-handed catch. Both plays gained 14 yards.

Asked which of the two pleased him more, Grant said he weighted the two equally. He said he loves to embarrass tacklers in the open field, but he surprised himself with the one-handed catch.

“That catch was amazing,” Grant said Tuesday. “It shocked me. ... Nobody knew I could jump that high. I didn’t think I could get up that high.”

Apparently, ESPN agreed. It made SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays segment.

Grant said it also was the more well-received of the two in the Tech film room.

“The one-handed catch, definitely,” Grant said, “because nobody expected me to jump that high, me being only 5-6. That play got the most respect.”

 

Compiled by Krista Pirtle and Don Williams

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Great Target

Amaro is a great target, but you can't fully depend on him like Mayfield tried to do during the second half. Hanging him up to dry over the middle while he's double covered is not a good plan at keeping him healthy. Mayfield is a good QB, but during the second quarter and pretty much the during the second half he developed tunnel vision. Amaro is a valuable piece to this team, he's a great blocker and another big body out there that worries the defense. Keep him healthy and Tech will do well.

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Great start

But I keep hearing 7-0 going into the Oklahoma game. If the team thinks this we will lose one or two games before going to Norman.

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