Compiled by Michael LaBarre, A-J Media
How former Texas Tech football players fared in NFL games last week:
TE JACE AMARO
Was inactive for Tennessee’s 36-22 win over Jacksonville on Sunday. The Titans improve to 4-4.
WR DANNY AMENDOLA
Caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown, and also had a key 73 yard kickoff return to start the second half in New England’s 41-25 win over Buffalo. The Patriots improved to 7-1.
OT LE’RAVEN CLARK
Mason Reed soaked up a lot of the glory as a two-way standout for an undefeated state-championship team.
Like many small-town stars, he’s been willing to do less-glamorous stuff to work his way up as a Texas Tech walk-on. No problem, he says. Whatever it takes.
Last year, with Texas running back D’Onta Foreman injured, Chris Warren III set a Texas freshman record with 276 rushing yards against Texas Tech and scored four touchdowns. This year, Warren is injured and Foreman is coming off a 250-yard rushing performance in Texas’ 35-34 upset of then-No. 8 Baylor.
The 6-foot-1, 249-pound Foreman presents some of the same problems the 6-2, 252-pound Warren exploited last year. The Red Raiders won last year’s game 48-45 despite Warren’s running wild, and now they have to devise a way to slow Foreman.
The idea that Texas Tech football and pre-noon kickoffs don’t go together well has permeated Red Raiders fans for several years. Now not even Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury denies it.
Kingsbury on Tuesday noted his team’s lackluster performances last year at Kansas (a 30-20 win) and West Virginia (a 31-26 loss) and again this year against West Virginia (a 48-17 loss) and said a shakeup was in order before Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Texas.
The blowout loss to the Mountaineers on Oct. 15 was one of the Red Raiders’ worst performances of Kingsbury’s coaching tenure.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury steered around the flap Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager stirred up Monday, five days before their teams face each other. Hager told Austin media the Longhorns needed to “injure that quarterback,” referring to Tech’s Patrick Mahomes already being banged up lately, then released a lengthy apology hours later.
Given that Kingsbury himself was a high-profile quarterback, he was asked Tuesday whether bulletin-board material resonates in the locker room or if it’s overblown by media and fans.
Center Tony Morales will return for a seventh year in the Texas Tech football program in 2017, approved by the NCAA, so he won’t go through Tech’s senior day recognition on Saturday. Morales missed four full seasons due to injuries.
A Tech spokesman said Tech filed for an extension of Morales’ five-year eligibility “clock” after last season and NCAA personnel who reviewed his case said Morales’ circumstances dictated he could have an extra two years — 2016 and 2017 — if he wanted.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was about attitude.
The Red Raiders held TCU to 399 yards of total offense and only 17 points in regulation in Saturday’s 27-24 double-overtime win — a tremendous improvement from a week earlier when they surrendered 66 points and 854 yards in a seven-point loss to Oklahoma.
Patrick Mahomes II and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury spent much of the past 48 hours assuring Red Raiders fans their quarterback’s sore shoulder is fine, the spill Mahomes took at the end of Saturday’s double-overtime victory at TCU being just a scare and nothing more.
Oh, well, if Mahomes isn’t hurt, Breckyn Hager vowed Monday to change that.
The Texas linebacker apologized for saying he plans to “injure that quarterback,” a comment that went coast to coast in no time.
FORT WORTH — Clayton Hatfield didn’t hit it clean.
It was a little low.
“It probably wasn’t my best hit, but when I looked up and saw the ball going, I kind of figured how it was going to end up. My holder, Cam (Batson) saw it was going to happen the whole way and picked me up before I even got to see it go through.”
Hatfield’s kick gave Texas Tech a 27-24 win over TCU in double overtime on Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
But, it all could have ended up another way.
Texas Tech wide receiver Devin Lauderdale and defensive end Gary Moore didn’t travel for the Red Raiders’ game Saturday at TCU in what Kliff Kingsbury termed a “coach’s decision.”
Kingsbury wouldn’t elaborate except to say their absences weren’t injury related.
Tech wide receiver Derrick Willies traveled, but missed his third game in a row with a knee injury. Also out were linebacker D’Vonta Hinton and a couple of backups: defensive end Jacarthy Mack and cornerback Desmon Smith.
FORT WORTH — Clayton Hatfield saw enough of his kick to make him think the football would go through.
Actually seeing it was another story.
Little Cam Batson, the holder, hoisted the Texas Tech kicker and swung him around before Hatfield could fully appreciate his handiwork. No wonder. The Red Raiders hadn’t felt this much exhilaration all season.
FORT WORTH — The blood trickled down Patrick Mahomes II’s forearm.
Above it was a smattering of other bruises and strawberries. Some were old but irritated, others were nice, fresh and bloody.
And the majority of what he did Saturday was hand the football off.
Hate to see what freshman running back Da’Leon Ward looks like after shouldering the load of the Texas Tech offense in a 27-24 double overtime win over TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
But, he probably, doesn’t care how banged up he is today.
What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?
“Besides playing football I really enjoy watching baseball. I love the Rangers, so that is my thing. (In the World Series) I am going for the Cubs because they haven’t won it in (108) years.”
Did you play baseball growing up?
“I never got the chance to play. I never did and I regret it.”
What is your number and why did you choose it?