Texas Tech defensive end Kris Williams is tied for the Big 12 lead with four sacks through four games. That’s a big jump for a 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior who came into this season with 12 career tackles and no sacks.
Williams initially was credited with 2 1/2 sacks against Kansas, and that was later changed to three sacks.
“I can’t really say how much I’ve grown,” Williams said after Tuesday's practice, “but I think I’m a pretty good pass rusher. I feel like I’ve been a pretty good rusher, but I have more confidence than I’ve had before. It should help.”
When Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Keke Coutee on one series last week and a 59-yard TD to Jonathan Giles on the next, he froze Kansas defenders with a run fake in both instances.
That’s nothing new. A lot of the Red Raiders’ TD passes and big plays this season have come off play-action.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday there’s a chance Patrick Mahomes II could play in Saturday’s game at Kansas State, though the junior quarterback apparently did little on Tuesday.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the heaviest days for game preparation.
Asked to what extent Mahomes participated Tuesday, Kingsbury said, “Not too much. Not too much. A lot of mental preparation.” Mahomes suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder in the second half of Tech’s 55-19 victory Thursday against Kansas.
Texas Tech director of football operations Tommy McVay recruited Dana Dimel to Kansas State when McVay was a Wildcats assistant from 1983-85.
Now Dimel is KSU co-offensive coordinator and his son, Winston Dimel, is fourth in the Big 12 this season with six touchdowns. Most of Dimel's TDs have come with him taking direct snaps in the wildcat formation.
Not many teams use a fullback as often as Kansas State. It’s a staple for the Wildcats, and perfect for the younger Dimel, who’s 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed on Tuesday that backup offensive lineman Cody Wheeler is no longer on the team. Kingsbury declined to comment on the reason for Wheeler’s departure.
Later Tuesday, a post on Wheeler's Twitter page said he’s giving up football because of concussions.
“Due to repeated concussions throughout my football playing career,” Wheeler wrote, “I have decided that it is best for my personal health that I retire from the game that I have loved ever since I was a kid.”
Before and after last week’s game against Kansas, much was made of Texas Tech’s streak of scoring 50 or more points in home games. Tech’s 55-19 victory against the Jayhawks extended that streak to nine consecutive high-scoring home games.
Lately, at least, the best way to slow the Red Raiders’ offense is to get it out of Lubbock.
Kliff Kingsbury didn’t provide an update on the status of Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II at Monday’s press conference.
“I do not (know if he will play on Saturday),” he said. “We’re handling it day-to-day. Every day he shows up and we do rehab and we’ll see if he can get there.”
Two sources told A-J Media on Friday that the junior has an AC joint sprain in the shoulder of his throwing arm. Kingsbury, though, wouldn’t confirm those reports stating, “It was a shoulder-area injury. I’ll leave it at that.”
A tear streamed down Ondre Pipkins’ face as he sat on a black metal folding chair inside the lobby of Texas Tech’s practice facility.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Red Raider defensive tackle thought back to his childhood — sleeping in a dark blue Pontiac Grand Am or Extended Stay hotel and leaving his home in Saginaw, Michigan.
Dorance Armstrong Jr. played like a man possessed to start the game.
The sophomore defensive end gave the Texas Tech front all it could handle as he finished with two sacks and two tackles for loss Thursday night as the Red Raiders defeated Kansas 55-19.
In KU’s last game against Memphis, Armstrong finished with a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss.
As a whole, the Jayhawks three sacks and 10 tackles for loss. It marked the third straight game that Kansas finished with 10 tackles for loss this season.
The hole in the Kansas defense was enormous.
And Patrick Mahomes II took off running.
As the Texas Tech quarterback crossed the 50-yard line and headed into the Jayhawks’ secondary, he probably thought about sliding.
But, he never got the chance.
The momentum his 6-foot-3, 230-pound body provided sent him crashing into Kansas’ Fish Smithson and Isaiah Bean.
Mahomes fell to the ground, his right shoulder pressed hard into the turf.
Quite simply, the Texas Tech football team took care of business Thursday night in its Big 12 opener against Kansas.
That was clearly evident in the first two minutes as Patrick Mahomes II accumulated more touchdowns (two) than incompletions (one).
In addition, the junior quarterback threw for 120 yards and scored on its first two offensive possessions against a Jayhawks defense ranked No. 5 in the country coming into the contest.
Texas Tech wore a new uniform combination for Thursday’s home game against Kansas: red helmets with the Double-T logo, red jerseys, white pants, red socks and white shoes.
With the exception of a Wounded Warriors Project helmet Tech wore in the 2013 Kansas State game, it was the Red Raiders’ first time to wear red helmets since 1958-60, when they were the standard look, and 1961, when the team used both red and black helmets.