Shortly following Texas Tech's 20-10 victory over Big 12 rival TCU last Thursday, Terrance Bullitt credited the coaching staff, specifically defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, and his teammates for the dominating effort.
And a great all-around effort it was to hold down a talented, albeit disjointed Horned Frog offense. But any self respecting Red Raider fan had to get a little tingly watching a healthy Bullitt flying around, making plays all over the field.
There is plenty of well-deserved praise to be spread throughout this defense during the 3-0 start, but Bullitt is a potential game changer for this squad. The senior linebacker's combination of size at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and speed makes him equally adept in run support and pass coverage.
Through three games Bullitt has tallied 13 tackles, one for loss, a sack, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a team-leading six pass breakups. He's done a little bit of everything and what stands out is his violence at the point of attack.
Bullitt recklessly throws his entire body into opposing runners, which is admirable. Yet, each of the past two seasons have seen Bullitt try to persevere through, but ultimately be slowed by shoulder injuries.
Bullitt has shown a glimpse of what he can mean to this defense when healthy.
It's been a long time since the Red Raider defense has carried the offense to victory in such a meaningful game, but perhaps it can at least be a possibility under Wallerstedt and Co.
"Whenever the offense isn't clicking, the defense has to step up," Bullitt said. "When the defense isn't clicking, the offense has our back; we're a team. As a team we're a force to be reckoned with."
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