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Red Raider Notebook: Jacobson leaving for mission

Posted: December 13, 2013 - 1:26am
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Jacobson leaving for mission

Texas Tech safety Tanner Jacobson, who cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman walk-on this season, will leave the program at mid-term for a two-year Mormon mission, athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal confirmed Thursday.

Jacobson will be with the team through the Holiday Bowl game Dec. 30 against Arizona State, Beal said.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound former Southlake Carroll standout ranks 10th on the team with 40 tackles, including one tackle for loss. He’s also been credited with a two caused fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

He started three games.

He had four punt returns for an average of 13.2 yards.

 

DC pay 14th in league

Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt is Texas Tech’s highest paid assistant coach, but ranks no better than 74th in the nation and 14th in the Big 12 Conference in pay among his colleagues.

USA Today on Wednesday published a pay scale for all assistants in the FBS that showed three making more than $1 million this year. The leader is Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, the former Lake Travis head coach, at more than $1.3 million.

Wallerstedt makes $425,000 from Tech and $2,000 in what USA Today termed “other pay.” The 13 Big 12 assistants making more comprise five from Texas, two apiece from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia and one each from Kansas and Baylor.

Though Wallerstedt’s pay ranks 74th nationally on the chart USA Today published, he likely is lower because the survey did not include salaries of many assistants at private schools who aren’t required to report such figures.

No other Tech assistant is among the top 275 highest-paid staffers.

Among former Tech assistants, Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown ($550,000) ranked tied for 31st and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda ($480,000) is tied for 56th.

 

Compiled by Don Williams

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