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Tech football notes for November 12

No QB call

Posted: November 12, 2013 - 12:00am
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No QB call

Baker Mayfield started the first five Texas Tech games this season at quarterback, Davis Webb started the next five and Kliff Kingsbury isn’t sure which one will get his sixth start on Saturday. Or at least he wasn’t ready to say at the start of the week.

Several times this season, the Tech coach has given a definitive answer on Monday about which would be the starter that week. But on this Monday, Kingsbury said he hadn’t settled on one.

“That’s an interesting position to be in in week 11 and still have that going on,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll get them both reps and see how it goes this week and then trot one of them out there.”

The quarterbacks’ struggles Saturday in a 49-26 loss to Kansas State piqued fan interest about why sophomore Michael Brewer hasn’t been used since making his one game appearance this season on Oct. 5. Kingsbury has said there are no lingering issues physically keeping Brewer out, but he has been unable to give him enough snaps in practice to alter the 1-2.

“It’s just the point where we’re at in the season,” Kingsbury said. “We feel like watching Baker and Davis progress and where they’re at, it’s just not fair at this point to put Michael in until he gets caught up and gets to that level. He’s a very talented kid and just has to get more reps whenever he can find time.”

Kingsbury pulled Webb on Saturday after four series, the last two being three-and-outs.

He said Monday the reason was “just a couple of mistakes that were uncharacteristic of the way he plays the game.” He elaborated by saying the mistakes were “misreads, things of that nature.”

“I thought he moved the ball well at times,” Kingsbury said, “and they were just freshman mistakes, but doing things in the game that he didn’t do in practice. So I wanted him to sit back and took a look at it from the sideline, get that view for a little bit and see if that corrects it.”

 

Vote for Arlington

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he doesn’t mind Tech-Baylor being a neutral-site game. The two teams will play the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Saturday for the fifth year in a row.

“I think it’s a neat experience for our players to go to the Cowboys’ stadium and play there,” Kingsbury said. “I haven’t been a part of it, but from their accounts, they really enjoy it. I’d like to see it stay there.”

Starting in 2011, the two programs had a two-year contract with an additional two-year option. They exercised the option in February, keeping the 2013 and 2014 games in Arlington.

Otherwise, this week’s game would be at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco and next year’s would be in Lubbock.

Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt signed the two-year option after being assured by the Big 12 the 2014 game would be on Thanksgiving weekend.

Tech defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, a fifth-year senior, said he’s liked playing in the Cowboys’ stadium, but his vote would be to move the series back to Lubbock and Waco.

“There is just something about playing on each other’s campus,” he said. “The atmosphere is definitely different.”

 

Scary moment

Tight end Jace Amaro said he suffered a deep bone bruise in Saturday’s game. Amaro, in distress, was carted to the Tech football building near Jones AT&T Stadium, then reappeared shortly thereafter and went back in the game.

He caught three more passes after re-entering.

“I landed awkwardly on my shoulder,” he said, “and I felt like I broke something in there. I continued to play through it, and it was one of those things where I just started hurting more and more throughout the game.

“It was tough for me to breathe, so I had to go up here and get X-rayed, and they said I was fine. So I came back and played.”

 

Updating Bush

Defensive lineman Dartwan Bush has missed 41/2 games with a sprained knee, and Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury did not sound hopeful about him returning in any significant role this week.

Bush did some running and rehab last week, Kingsbury said, but didn’t practice.

“He responded really well to treatment last week, and hopefully he does even better this week and can get out there for a few snaps,” Kingsbury said. “But as of right now, we’re not sure how he’s going to feel once we get out to the practice field.”

 

Hard to argue

Being a 27-point underdog, as Texas Tech is this week against No. 5 Baylor, is unusual for the Red Raiders. But Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury isn’t inclined to argue, given his team’s three-game losing streak and the fact Baylor’s reached 70 points four times this season and 69 and 59 points in two others.

Told the point spread was 28 points, Kingsbury said, “Yeah, that’s probably about right with what they’re doing. They’ve beaten everybody by 70 so far, so that’s probably about right.”

Kingsbury said he hadn’t been able to find any weaknesses in the Bears.

“You turn on the tape, and every time it flashes the scoreboard it’s always 63-7 or 70-14,” he said. “It’s really hard to find film that you see as usable game film, because a lot of times their backups are in and the game is out of hand. They’re solid in every phase and playing with a ton of confidence right now.”

 

Compiled by Don Williams

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