From The Other Side: Texas Tech

Each week, will dig deeper into the opponent by interviewing a media member from the opposing team. This week Jarrett Johnson, from, helps us learn more about the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

This week, BearsIllustrated caught up with Publisher, Jarrett Johnson, to answer questions regarding the upcoming game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. This game will be televised nationally on ABC on Saturday, at 2:30 PM. Come inside The Bear Pit, as we discuss this matchup, and the keys to this monster game!

--- With Pat Mahomes showing well, what does that do for the QB position moving forward? Could he get the nod of Davis Webb if Webb is able to go against Baylor?

I think Mahomes has already replaced Webb atop the depth chart though the coaches won't say that publicly. Webb has dressed each of the last two games and Mahomes has started over him. Webb is among a long list of disappointments this season. Though Kingsbury declined to confirm it during a press conference Monday, I am confident Mahomes will start this week and play well at times. He is a gifted athlete who is at his best when moving around the pocket, extending plays and then finding receivers down the field. He will run some, but he is a pass-first quarterback with a live arm. He's also showed a lot of poise so far for being just a true freshman.

--- The rushing game has been an improvement this year, with Deandre Washington eclipsing the 1,000 yd mark. Has Coach Kingsbury placed an emphasis on the running game, or has it been more about what the defense is showing the offense?

A lot has gone into it. Tech's two best position groups this season has been the running backs and offensive line. They have way exceeded preseason expectations, especially in the run game. The offensive line has created running lanes all season long. Washington has recovered from a catastrophic ACL tear suffered two seasons ago and is playing lights out. I think most familiar with the program would say he has been the best player for Tech all season long. Schematically, Kingsbury visited Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during the offseason for the specific purpose of learning fresh ideas for boosting Tech's running game out of the spread. The result has been more two-back sets, which has obviously worked.

--- Its no secret the defense has been a weak point for Texas Tech this year. What are things they will try to bring to the game, on Saturday, to try and slow down the potent Baylor offensive attack?

Aw man, it has just been abysmal. I thought the defense was in bad shape heading into last season's matchup at Jerry World... it's way worse this season. On the final drive in Ames last week Tech had four freshman playing in the secondary including a walk-on, who hadn't even repped in practice since spring ball. The linebackers, other than Pete Robertson are small, slow and react slow. The defensive line at one point last week had a 225-pound defensive end, a 265-pound defensive tackle and a 275-pound nose guard out there. The junior college players brought in are either injured, ineffective or suspended and some veterans are out as well. I have no idea how this group will even attempt to hinder Baylor's offense.

--- What is the mindset of the team heading in to this weeks game against Baylor?

I think they are pretty down because the season has been such a disappointment. Many of the veterans simply didn't perform well this season forcing Tech to play many true freshman, as many as a dozen last week. They are saying all the right things, but with Tech being out of bowl contention I am sure some have already checked out.

--- What are your keys to the game and how do you see the game playing out?

The only way Tech could have a shot is to play a flawless game on offense and to create a bevy of Baylor turnovers, I mean a ton, because Tech won the turnover battle at home against OU and was still blown out. I see Baylor scoring as much as it wants to. Vince Lombardi couldn't coach Tech to victory in this one. Baylor 63, Texas Tech 21, but it could be worse.

BearsIllustrated wants to thank Jarrett Johnson for taking the time to answer questions. Baylor fans be sure to follow Jarrett at Raider Power for all information on Red Raider Football leading up to the 2:30 PM kickoff on Saturday, November, 29 in Arlington, Texas.

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