Freshman flanker T.J. Vasher made a good impression in preseaon practice and played in the season opener, but might have fallen from favor.
Responding Tuesday to a question about the 6-foot-5 wide receiver from Wichita Falls Rider, Kliff Kingsbury said, “He’s got to grow up off the field. His approach isn’t where it needs to be, or anywhere close. Physically, he’s very gifted, but he’s got to grow up.”
Kingsbury said an ankle injury that bothered Vasher early in the season isn’t an issue.
“He’s fully healthy,” Kingsbury said. “He’s just got to mature.”
Texas Tech has used 11 true freshmen this season, and that’ll be it, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday, unless injuries dictate otherwise.
That means the Red Raiders will try, from here on out, to redshirt five of the six high-school defensive linemen they signed for 2016. From that group, only defensive tackle Joe Wallace from Dallas Skyline has played.
Paul Stawarz wound up playing college football in Texas at random.
All programs recruit many players. Stawarz recruited programs, not that he targeted Texas Tech specifically. The Red Raiders happened to be among the teams to whom he sent video, but then again, he sent video to Division I and Division II schools all over the country.
Tech just happened to be a match: The Red Raiders needed an offensive lineman. Stawarz needed a place to play.
The big guy from Illinois figures he lucked out.
How former Texas Tech football players fared in NFL games last week:
TE JACE AMARO
Was ruled inactive in Tennessee’s 16-15 win over Detroit on Sunday. The Titans improved to 1-0.
WR DANNY AMENDOLA
Caught four passes for 50 yards and recorded two receiving touchdowns for the first time in the regular season in New England’s 31-24 win over Miami. The Patriots improved to 2-0.
OT LE’RAVEN CLARK
Be careful what you ask for. That warning comes in handy in sports, too.
For quite some time now, several years even, Texas Tech football fans have expressed this wish: If the defense could make just a few stops a game. If we could get a handful of stops, there’d be no holding back this team.
Well. Guess what. Saturday was that game. And folks still seethe.
Seriously, wasn’t Saturday a perfect illustration of that oft-voiced hope mentioned above?
Texas Tech inside receiver Jonathan Giles said the team spent two weeks practicing the trick play on which he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass Saturday in a 59-45 win over Louisiana Tech. He said the Red Raiders could’ve used it the week before against Arizona State, but Kliff Kingsbury didn’t break it out.
The play started with Giles going in motion, taking a handoff from Patrick Mahomes II, pitching to inside receiver Cameron Batson and continuing toward the left sideline. Mahomes then flipped a pass to Giles just outside the numbers, and he cut upfield and outran the pursuit.
Wide receiver Derrick Willies played 62 of Texas Tech’s 79 offensive snaps Saturday. Willies said Monday he didn’t have a problem handling the workload, easily the most he’s played in three games.
“In practice, you get your body ready for it,” he said. “The game’s a lot easier if you go hard in practice.”
Texas Tech safety Keenon Ward will miss a “minimum two weeks,” Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said, after he undergoes surgery this week on his injured right arm.
The senior from Snyder got hurt in the Red Raiders’ 59-45 victory Saturday against Louisiana Tech.
“Prayers this way please,” Ward posted Monday on his Facebook page. “Surgery Wednesday on my arm. Gonna miss being out there with my brothers! I’ll be back soon, I promise.”
The Texas Tech run game wasn’t productive.
The Red Raiders were 113th in the nation in yards per game and weren’t even averaging 4 yards per rush.
Enter Demarcus Felton against Louisiana Tech.
The sophomore had rushed six times for 33 yards entering Saturday’s tilt with the Bulldogs. Today he is the team’s leading rusher after exploding for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and helping the Red Raiders to a 59-45 win.
Jonathan Giles put on a show Saturday night inside Jones AT&T Stadium against Louisiana Tech.
The sophomore receiver finished with 186 yards on six carries for three touchdowns.
He is the first Red Raider with three touchdown catches in a game since Bradley Marquez against Baylor in 2014.
Giles absolutely smashed his previous career highs – five receptions for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns all against Iowa State a year ago.
Defensive back Tevin Madison’s no longer on the Texas Tech team and won’t return, coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the Red Raiders’ 59-45 victory Saturday against Louisiana Tech.
Kingsbury would not elaborate on the circumstances, including whether Madison was dismissed or left of his own accord.
A junior, Madison started seven games in 2014 and all 13 games last year, mostly at cornerback, but had been moved to backup safety and not played as much in the first two games this season.
The Louisiana Tech defense took the field at Jones AT&T Stadium as the No. 31 defense in the country.
After falling to Texas Tech 59-45 Saturday night, the Bulldogs, most likely, will drop in the defensive rankings.
Because of Patrick Mahomes II — whose freakish ability was demonstrated when he completed a pass from his back even though he was ruled down — and Jonathan Giles, a sophomore Red Raider receiver who left Bulldog defensive players in his dust as he cruised to a career-best night.
Kliff Kingsbury’s guys were who they said they are, to some extent.
Oh, they’re still flawed, but they weren’t the team that got gored by Arizona State.
Ever since they trudged off the turf last Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium, everybody associated with Red Raiders football —Kingsbury, players, staffers, even athletic director Kirby Hocutt — expressed a similar conviction.
That wasn’t us. We’re better than that.
Eric Morris called it.
When questioned before the season began about who might emerge as the leading receiver, the Texas Tech offensive coordinator didn’t choose Devin Lauderdale — the Red Raiders’ leading returning receiver from 2015.
Nor did he choose Reginald Davis, who at 42 catches was one behind Lauderdale last season.
He didn’t pick Cameron Batson, who many expected to fill the shoes of Texas Tech’s all-time leading receiver Jakeem Grant, either.
After giving up almost 70 points just a week ago, the Texas Tech defense had something to prove when it went up against Louisiana Tech at home on Saturday night.
The Red Raiders needed to show they could not only stop the run but also prevent the big play — two facets that proved to be costly in its second-week loss to Arizona State.