November 16, 2012

Five Questions: Texas Tech

To get a feel for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Saturday's home finale in Stillwater, we hit up' Aaron Dickens with five questions.

1. Last year's matchup was an ugly one for Tech in Lubbock. Any talk of revenge or the like from Red Raider players and coaches?

There were a few questions asked during Monday's press conference about lastseason's game, and Seth Doege and D.J. Johnson acknowledged how embarrassing the result was, but I didn't get the sense
that 66-6 was something that was weighing heavily on their minds.

I think the motivating factor for the Red Raiders in this case is more the fact that this group of seniors is 0-3 against Oklahoma State so far during their careers. That fact was brought up more by Doege and Johnson on Monday than last year's game. Keep in mind, Tech's fourth and fifth-year seniors enter Saturday with a 3-14 career record against former Big 12 South schools.

2. Jace Amaro and a few others have been banged up. Is Amaro likely to play in Stillwater? How about the others.

We spoke with Tommy Tuberville on our show Thursday morning and he indicated that Jace Amaro was still waiting for doctors to clear him to play. I'm certainly no medical expert, but after missing four weeks of practice, even if he was magically cleared on Thursday, I would think the odds would be long that he would be in any condition to play 48 hours later.

The interesting thing about Amaro, and the reason why Red Raider fans are so anxious to have him back on the field, is that he's still third on the team in receiving yards (23 catches, 394 yards) despite missing the last four
games. The next closest healthy receiver, Tyson Williams has 139 fewer yards.

Tuberville also told us Thursday that cornerbacks Cornelius Douglas and Jarvis Phillips "will both play" against Oklahoma State. Douglas, the team's No. 1 corner, has missed the last four games after spraining his knee in the first quarter against West Virginia. Phillips twisted his ankle before the Texas game and has been sidelined for the last two weeks. Both have been practicing for more than a week, but neither suited out against Kansas.

3. Tech's defense was among the nation's best in the non-conference, but hasn't been near as stingy since. Did something change (injuries?), or is more along the lines of facing the variety of strong offenses the Big 12 has?

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