FOR THE WEEK OF AUG. 24-30
The A-J’s take: Ohio State takes a stumble this week as quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to miss the season. Everything else stays the same as we wait for the games to begin.
1. Florida State
7. South Carolina
10. Michigan State
11. Ohio State
15. Texas A&M
16, Southern Cal
When Davis Webb wanted to map out some Texas Tech passing-game detail this summer with Bradley Marquez, all he had to do was holler.
Raising his voice sufficed, at or away from the practice field.
Marquez, you see, replaced all-America inside receiver Jace Amaro, not only at Amaro’s old position but as one of Webb’s roommates.
“I have film upstairs,” Webb said recently. “I can call Brad downstairs: ‘Hey, come upstairs for a second.’ We can go over a couple of plays, see what I want him to do and what I think he should do. Get on the same page like that.”
Josh Keys’ first game with Texas Tech has something in common with his last game at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Except this time, Steve Campbell will be on the other sideline.
Campbell will make his debut as Central Arkansas head coach when the Bears and the Red Raiders start the season Saturday night in Lubbock. In recent years, Tech signed four of Campbell’s players out of Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Teck Knight is a tradional kickoff event that signals the start of another football season.
Early next week, people from Texas Tech athletics and the Knights of Columbus Council 3008 are supposed to get together and talk about the future of Tech Knight, one of the traditional kickoff events that signals the start of another football season.
By then maybe, Tech will change course and solve a public-relations mess.
Four years after first pulling on a college jersey with the word “Tech” on it, Michael Brewer will start a football game Saturday.
Brewer, who spent three years at Texas Tech, will be behind center for Virginia Tech when it hosts William and Mary in its season opener at Lane Stadium.
Never mind that Texas Tech safety Keenon Ward went to state in the 100 meters his senior year at Snyder. Quite a few of his Tech teammates have sprinting stories to match.
Asked recently to list the Red Raiders’ fastest players, Ward didn’t include himself among the top six.
“I wouldn’t,” he said. “I’m still pretty fast — don’t get it twisted. But those guys get out. That’s for sure.”
By “those guys,” he means offensive skill-position players. Ward’s half-dozen fastest Red Raiders consisted of five receivers and a running back.