Players of the Week/Unsung Heroes
There was plenty to be happy about for the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday night. The offense did enough to keep the Demons at bay, despite losing the turnover battle.
The defense held the NWSt. offense to the lowest total yardage amount of any opponent in Tech football history, according to Texas Tech sports information.
Sunday morning/Saturday night I handed out game balls to Kerry Hyer and Bradley Marquez. At the Monday press conference, Coach Tuberville said that Marcus Kennard and Cody Davis were the official players of the week on offense and defense, respectively.
Most folks would look at a stat sheet and see Davis leading the team in tackles is a bad thing for Davis, who, at Strong Safety plays considerably further behind the
It's the special teams player of the we however, that I think deserves a little recognition as the unsung hero of the week. Summit Hogue, a redshirt freshman from Frenship high school earned the recognition for Special Teams Player of the week.
"We put him in there during the game, and on the three kickoffs he was on, he made all three tackles. , he made the tackle on each one," said Coach Tommy Tuberville. "He (Hogue) will travel this week and be in kickoff coverage just because of that. It's the type of effort we're looking for."
It's that kind of effort that having added depth affects. It's not a stretch to say that it will be a challenge for Hogue to see the field as a starter on offense or defense during his career with the Red Raiders (his position is listed as Athlete on the roster), but special teams is an area where he could excel. And when a player gives that kind of effort just to get on the field as a special teams player, that's one less play that someone on the 2-deep has to play, which helps the team stay more fresh.
Around the Big 12:
Welcome to the party, West Virginia. QB Geno Smith and LB Isaiah Bruce were named Offensive and Defensive players of the week, respectively. Punter Kirby Vander Kamp for Iowa St. was named special teams player of the week for his coffin-kicking abilities against Tulsa.
Although Smith, Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey earned much of the preseason accolades for WVU, Shawne Alston added a third dimension for the Mountaineers. 16 carries for 123 yards and 2 TD is a dangerous component to add to Dana Holgerson's offense.
In the same way that Alston helped keep the offensive balance for West Virginia, Baylor RB Jarred Salubi played an important role in the Bears' offense. Only instead of standing out amongst the other skill position players, Salubi stood among his fellow RBs and played the role that Terrence Ganaway played last season for the Bears going for 13 carries, 91 yards and a TD. Lache Seastrunk is the name everyone was watching to see break out. He didn't disappoint, averaging 13 yards on 3 carries, but Baylor won easily because of the play of Salubi.
ISU's Steele Jantz has improved on his accuracy. The Cyclone's QB went 32-45 for 281 yards, 2TDs and 1 INT against Tulsa, which proved to be the most formidable opponent for the Big XII this week. Coach Paul Rhodes told us at Big XII media days that his QBs had to improve from their 51% completion percentage from 2011.
I've been told that Texas QB David Ash did as he was told and managed an effective game for the Longhorns. 20-27 for 166 yards and a TD, not that anyone saw it. It may not be pretty, but if he does that, the horns are going to be tough to beat.
Finally, not a whole lot you can say about Oklahoma State's thrashing of Savannah State. I did find out the Tigers were 1-10 last season and the 4 wins against FBS competition may have occurred when Shannon Sharpe played for the Tigers. Points, stats and otherwise one thing is evident is depth for the Cowboys at RB. Joseph Randle is the man, but with 3 backs near 100 yards for the Cowboys means that OSU is still stacked at RB even after the dismissal of Hershel Sims. And with a freshman QB, who is yet to throw an incomplete pass during a game in college (on the field, stats not available from the Kappa Delta House.) that is going to come in handy at some point in conference play.