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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Robertson’s Drop in Sacks; Grading Out Clark

A look at Pete Robertson’s sack production (or lack thereof) and grading out Le’Raven Clark in the NFL draft.

Outside the Huddle. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks about the offensive production and developing a killer instinct with this team as well as how the penalties and turnovers were on the positive side of things for Texas Tech. #

Drop in Robertson’s Sacks. LAJ’s Don Williams looks at the factors that may be why LB Pete Robertson doesn’t have as many sacks as he did last year:

“It’s a little bit of both,” Robertson said Tuesday. “It’s my part, and there’s times I come out and play the call that’s called. I’m not rushing a lot, as I was this past year. I’m going with my coach’s scheme. That’s the route he wants to go and I’m down for it a hundred percent.”

Taylor Cox Returns for Kansas; Tre’ Parmalee Hopes to Return. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes that Kansas running back Taylor Cox should play significant time this Saturday against Texas Tech after being injured for two years. Speaking of injured players, via the GardenCityTelegram, Jacky Dezir is down this week and Kansas is now down to three defensive tackles on the roster. There has been some hope that receiver Tre’ Parmalee could return after suffering a concussion from the week before.

Grading Out Clark. NFL’s Lance Zierlein takes a look at some draft hopefuls and says that initially some scouts had an early first round grade on Le’Raven Clark, but might be a round 2 or 3 or even 3 or 4 round player:

The skinny: I need to study Clark more closely, but after watching him this summer, I came away with a less favorable opinion of Clark than this scout currently has of him. It is worth noting that I had a Round 3-4 soft grade on him thanks to his size, athleticism and incredible length. Clark has to work on his hand usage and play with better control, but he clearly has the traits to excite NFL evaluators looking for a left tackle.

Eleven Straight. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon writes that playing eleven straight games (Texas Tech doesn’t have a bye until after the conference play ends) and head coach Kliff Kingsbury says that he tries to give guys a rest:

If the stretch is not managed well, road trips to Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia or home games against Oklahoma State and Kansas State will be tougher than they would have been otherwise. The daily grind of an unrelenting schedule could put the Red Raiders behind the eight ball before they even take the field.

“From week to week, depending on how we’re feeling and the pulse of our team, we’ll take pads off for a day or cut some periods out,” Kingsbury said. “At this point in the year you have to do some things to keep them fresh and excited to keep coming out there.”

Houston to the Big 12? Via the Chron, Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the Houston Board, thinks that there is a fifty percent chance that Houston joins a power five conference within the next 2 to 3 years and that Houston to the Big 12 is not a “dead issue”.

Miscellaneous. LandGrant Gauntlet’s Grant Thome has episode two of The Grant Application to discuss week 6 in the Big 12 . . .

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