September 5, 2011

Positives, negatives after film

The Texas Tech coaching staff spent the weekend reviewing Texas State film and the grades are in.

Overall grade: B or C. However, there were a lot of positive things to say about a Red Raider squad that went into its first game of the season against an opponent that there was no film on, especially on defense.

"After looking at the film we looked nervous and tight on both sides of the ball in the first half," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We didn't loosen up much until about the middle of the third quarter. We can play much better than we did the first two quarters and a half and we showed that most of the second half.

"Defensively, I thought it was more Texas State than it was us. What they were doing and how they were doing it and stuff we hadn't had a chance to work on with our young team. We only missed four or five tackles, which was good, out of 70 plays. We had some good performances, obviously."

Tuberville said there weren't a lot of "good" grades across the ball but defensive tackle Donald Langley played the hardest and end Dartwan Bush was huge in forcing Texas State turnovers.

Bush was defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow's Player of the Game.

The coach also said Tre' Porter had a good game considering the has been moving back and forth between cornerback and safety and linebacker Blake Dees was good considering it was his first game.

Glasgow added that Dees as well as freshman Sam Eguavoen and sophomore Cqulin Hubert can all be considered starters at linebacker.

"Blake Dees graded out really well," Glasgow said. "Sam Eguavoen probably graded out better than Cqulin. Sam ran out with the ones today with that. We're going to continue to tweak some things this week and see what our best fit is. Continue to twist the screws and see who gets better and continue to reward those guys as they get better."

All in all though, in addition to good tackling most of the time, there weren't too many busted coverages.

"We're awful hard on them and as things happened we were pretty good at getting lined up for the most part once we got a handle on what we wanted to do," Glasgow said. We slanted the wrong direction a few times which hurt us on a couple of deals. We've just got to continue pushing through some of those things."

Glasgow also said safety D.J. Johnson played the most snaps at 62 plays. On the defensive line, no player played more than 40 plays except for Bush who played around 50 plays.

The goal this week and next week leading up to the New Mexico game for the defense to improve its third down numbers. Texas State only converted on five of 13 third downs but Glasgow said if the defense had executed properly in those situations the Bobcat stats would have been two of 13.

"We let them out a couple of times when we had them in third down and long," Glasgow said. "We can't let those things happen… The thing I talk to our kids all the time about is I don't care so much what anybody else does. If they go and make a great play and get something, I'm going to care more about us."

Offensive grades were the same

Tuberville said grades were about the same for the offense and cited the second quarter dust storm as a reason the team might have struggled during that period of time. But another problem was the fumbles and near fumbles after landing from a tackle that were ruled down.

"We actually fumbled the ball four times," Tuberville said. "They only got one of them. If we do that in the games coming up we won't win many games. We've got to protect the ball and we've got to worry about that as offensive coaches."

Offensive coordinator Neal Brown agreed with Tuberville's assessment that the Red Raiders played too uptight in the first half and got into a good rhythm in the second half.

"They were so nervous and tight, even the guys who had played some snaps before," Brown said. "They came out in the second half (down 10-9), never panicked, made some big plays on third down which was a positive. Our pass protection was much, much better in the second half. The young guys that we've got can play."

Brown also said Doege played smart.

Doege's first touchdown of the game, a catch by Bradley Marquez, was after an audible as was Eric Stephens' 46-yard run in the second half.

Marquez to be moved inside

Brown said the coaching staff has decided to move Marquez back to inside receiver, to H, and Jacoby Franks will be moved outside to back up Darrin Moore

"I think we're going to move Bradley Marquez in," Brown said. "He's playing behind Darrin Moore right now and I think Darrin is probably our best guy outside and Bradley is probably our most explosive guy. The guy that can catch in run. We're going to move him inside and look at him this week during our bye week if and see if he can do it.

"I think he can. Him and Cornelius Douglas will play a lot in there. Looking at moving Austin Zouzalik back to Y and getting him back to what he's comfortable with."

Injury update

Defensive end Leon Mackey could be out several weeks. He suffered a collapsed lung Saturday and spent 24 hours in the hospital after the game.

"Leon Mackey had a deflated lung," Tuberville said. "He got a pretty hard hit to the chest. It's up in the air how long he'll be out. Probably several weeks, maybe more. Just one of those injuries… He's really recovering well and hopefully we get him back soon."

Tuberville said Jackson Richards will take Mackey's starting spot and Tuberville is willing to play [db]Branden Jackson who is currently slated to redshirt.

"We practiced Branden Jackson a bunch today, we're not above playing guys we were thinking about redshirting," the head coach said. "We're not going to go through what we did last year. We've got to have everybody on call ready to go."

Tuberville also said he expects to have weak safety Cody Davis practicing by the end of the week after he took a knee to the helmet Saturday. Davis was sidelined for concussion symptoms. Additionally, running back Aaron Crawford only sustained a thigh bruise and should be back to practice later this week.

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