Texas Tech Football Notebook: McGuire Discusses Opportunities for Players to Step Up

It’s getting close.

Non-transcript of head coach Joey McGuire from yesterday’s press conference.

  • Finished walk-through. Tried to start prepping for game week and next week will simulate game week, from eating out, hotel, and movie. No sweat Thursday, will have another walk-through this afternoon.
  • Ty Buchanan will get 2 full weeks, Ty Matthews looks god, both won’t scrimmage on Saturday. Everyone else is really good. Yesterday was 2-minute drill, goal line and 4-minute drill, they all handled it well and lot of situations on Saturday.
  • Miquel Dingle has gone a lot with the 2-group, when guys are banged up and look at it as a positive, Jacoby Jackson has played guard, tackle and goal line tight end, he’s changed his body, moving great and so much stronger. Have put Seth Martin at guard and Jacoby playing tackle. Proud of the way he’s looked.
  • We practice very physical, I’m of the opinion at the level above us is because of changes and we have quick whistles. Jessiah Pierre has been physical, Joseph Adedire off the edge, the two d-tackles (Jaylon Hutchings and Tony Bradford) and so much more physical interior of offensive line. Mason Tharp has changed his body and been so good this camp, when we keep him in pass pro, he’s very physical. Rabbit (Dadrion Taylor-Demerson) is having a great camp, vocal leader back there in the secondary. There’s more thump when he comes downhill.
  • Not just in the run game, the secondary has to cover longer, times last year where it was mass chaos in the quarterbacks lap, more time and more explosive plays, which is good and bad, but there is more time to get open and not hit the checkdown and showing up in the run game. In the offense we can run, but don’t want to have to run quarterbacks.
  • The mid-year freshmen, Chapman Lewis, BJ Jordan, and Jordan Sanford have all done good, and a local guy who I think will be a star, Marcus Ramon-Edwards, he’s very serious about football and excited about him. Kaden Carr is very physical and very athletic and loves contact, another guy that has some tackle.
  • Just try not to get frustrated, things we have to improve on our pass rush. Understand the coverage, have a lot of defense in, but will eliminate during game week. Good to see Bralyn Lux, really good football player, pushing Malik Dunlap and Shad Williams at the starting position. Put in all of our dimes. Jalon Peoples has really shown up and excited, they are getting tested. Will face some good teams and we are facing a good team every day, iron sharpens iron. Our thud are very physical and our DB’s are seeing quarterbacks move with their eyes.
  • So excited a Wyoming coach that has won national championships, a great football coach, they play with what we’re trying to play with. Will be a physical game.
  • An injury on Saturday, Charlie Robinson got hurt and the depth at certain areas, has allowed Matthew Young to work with the 3’s and 4’s and been really proud of him and that’s been good, he’s really smart.
  • Jacob Rodriguez, he’s grown, we know he’s a West Texas kid, year 2 of just playing linebacker, he does a great job in coverage, they’ve stood out. Ty Matthews comes back and by the time of game week, Ben Roberts will show up and Ty Kana, very comfortable with the starters. Jessiah, I just can’t praise him enough, he’s bulked up and trimmed up for us. He’s done a great job with the team.
  • [Re. Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark] If you ever get to be around him, he’s a ball of energy, different way of thinking. Very positive. Know he will talk to the staff, guys aspire to do the things he did in previous life.
  • Steve Linton is in a cast, will wear the first two games, Bryson Donnell with a cast as well, but it is small, no other than that.

Athlon Sports has win totals and betting things if you are interested in that.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes about defensive end Isaac Smith about how he found Texas Tech:

Smith initially committed to Tulsa, about a half hour from home. As a senior during the pandemic season of 2020, he didn’t take any official recruiting visits. Matt Wells’ staff recruited him over the phone, and Smith remembers doing a Zoom conference after he committed to go over the Red Raiders’ nutrition program.

“I was kind of lean,” Smith said. “Covid hurt us a little bit in the 2021 class, but honestly it doesn’t really matter to me at this point. I’m just happy I’m here. But I do think a lot of it (the lack of recruiting attention) was probably just not filling out, and the position I was playing at the time wasn’t really an outside linebacker. It was more of a 5 (technique) defensive end.”

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has their all-Texas preseason poll and has Texas Tech 3rd in the state behind Texas and TCU and one spot ahead of TAMU.


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