OSU-Tech: Thompson Ready

When Texas Tech comes out in that spread, shotgun offense with more wide receivers than Knute Rockne ever dreamed possible most defensive backs start sweating and having bad dreams of receivers running by them. It's that fear that sometimes has opposing defenses beat before Tech throws its first pass. Oklahoma State weak safety Jamie Thompson says that is not a problem for him.

"To me, it's fun," said Thompson. "Defensive backs should look forward to covering teams like Texas Tech because they have a great passing game. It could intimidate some teams, but I'm looking forward to it and I think our secondary is going to do everything we can to put pressure on the quarterback and then try to get interceptions and deflections."

Thompson admits playing Tech is much different than other teams in the Big 12, even other teams that use the spread. It is a game where you have to use a lot of disguises. Keep the Red Raiders guessing to keep them from throwing darts all over the field.

"A few minutes ago we were talking about a chess game," said Thompson. "It's like a chess game and you have to throw things at them that they aren't expecting because they are going to throw stuff right back at you. Hopefully we can match up with the scheme that they throw out there."

"Is it the palyers or the system?" That's the age old question when it comes to Texas Tech.

"They have some great players and they have great speed with those wide receivers," said Thompson. "I think it's a mixture of the scheme and their players. Texas Tech has been like that for the last few years and that tells me it's a mixture because some of those players have moved on."

Thompson likes the Cowboys' chances with this new crew running the Tech offense, a new quarterback and all new wide receivers. That all hopefully leads to a school best defensive performance against the Red Raiders and the Cowboys first win in Lubbock since the Big 12 began.

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