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Tech football notes: Less than 4,000 season tickets remain, Wilson's career may be over

Surgery may mean end to Wilson's college career

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 10:41pm  |  Updated: April 11, 2014 - 12:21am
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Surgery may mean end
to Wilson’s college career

It’s fortunate for Texas Tech that Rashad Fortenberry had his senior-year eligibility restored recently.

Matt Wilson’s career could be over after another knee surgery, offensive line coach Lee Hays said. Wilson’s a junior who played in four games last season backing up Fortenberry at right tackle.

Wilson missed the 2012 season after knee-ligament surgery, was sidelined by a broken foot at the end of 2013 and then had more knee problems. He didn’t practice all spring.

“It’s kind of a rough deal,” Hays said. “You’ve got to feel for him. He had that ACL (surgery) and they went back in and scoped it again last week. He’s still on crutches, and there was a little bit more damage in there than they thought.”

Hays said it appears Wilson will take a medical retirement, meaning he can remain on scholarship but not count against the 85-player scholarship limit.

The absence of Wilson and of guard-tackle Trey Keenan, who missed most of spring football with a concussion, has given redshirt freshman Josh Outlaw a chance to factor in. During the team’s intrasquad scrimmage last week, All-Big 12 left tackle was gone for an academic class trip, so Fortenberry took Clark’s spot and Outlaw got the first-team snaps at right tackle.

“Rashad came out and played that left side, and we didn’t miss a beat,” Hays said. “He did a great job on the left side, probably his best scrimmage ever. And it was good for Josh to get in there with the (starters) and try to get on the same page with those guys and the calls.”

Hays said the Red Raiders probably will go into summer with Clark, Fortenberry, Outlaw and junior-college signee Dominique Robertson as the top four tackles.


WR’s future uncertain

Backup wide receiver Peyton Williams hasn’t practiced this spring, and offensive coordinator Eric Morris indicated the redshirt freshman from Southlake Carroll might leave the program.

“He’s had an injury,” said Morris, who coaches the receivers. “I think he’s consulting right now with his family and trying to decide what his next steps will be, whether he wants to come back and play.”

Morris declined to give specifics of Williams’ injury. Williams signed with Colorado out of Southlake Carroll in 2012 and transferred to Tech in January 2013.


Seats campaign

Texas Tech said it has fewer than 4,000 season tickets remaining and will showcase what’s left before the spring game early Saturday. The “Meet Your Seat” event is scheduled for 8 a.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium, three hours before the spring game kickoff.

Tech officials said current season ticket holders can upgrade or relocate on Saturday, and fans can visit new premium seating in sections 112A and 112B. Tech announced this week that it has sold a school record 34,100 season tickets to the general public. That doesn’t include 12,577 reserved for students and the band.


— Compiled by Don Williams





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We Have Survived

The season ticket sales are evidence that the liars and cheats Hance, Scovell, Turner, Grigg, Anders, White, and Sowell only destroyed our integrity--not the program.



Damn, that was 5 years ago. So, if you are near my age (50), then you have wasted 10% of your life harboring a huge amount of anger. As one person to another, I strongly suggest that you find something to be happy about. And work on letting go of all that resentment. Trust me, it WILL eat you alive and consume your soul.



I hate to feed the troll, but I agree with RaiderinLA. Hance has done more for this fine university than you will in your entire lifetime. To say he is a "cheat" for mishandling a football coach's firing 5 years ago is pure ignorance on your part. You are ignoring the $1 billion he raised and how he has tripled our research expenditures. A university is much more than athletics my good sir, and if you don't know that than I pity you.



They may have destroyed your integrity but they didn't destroy mine. That is something that you will need to discuss with your therapist.

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