Freshman Duo Sparkle in Debut

Cornerback Tevin Madison and running back Justin Stockton, both freshmen, were easily two of the best Texas Tech players on the field Saturday night for the Red Raiders 42-35 win over Central Arkansas.

On a night of undisciplined football played by Texas Tech, a pair of true freshman acted as if they were seasoned veterans.

Defensive back Tevin Madison and running back Justin Stockton made their collegiate debuts and did not disappoint.

Madison, who was rated as a two-star wide receiver, started as a defensive back for Texas Tech Saturday and tied Central Arkansas defensive back Bobby Watkins as the game leader in tackles. Madison made nine tackles, all solo, including one for a loss. He added three pass break-ups, a pair of which came on deep passes near the end zone. Without Madison’s big-time play, the Red Raiders may have been upset by the FCS school out of Conway, Ark.

The Red Raiders held off a Central Arkansas team who featured a new head coach in his first game with the school. Nevertheless, Steve Campbell’s Central Arkansas Bears could not pull off the upset. Texas Tech was able to survive with a 42-35 victory.

Justin Stockton, The

Justin Stockton

a four-star running back who played high school ball at Cibolo Steele, took his little amount of playing time and turned it into a big impact. Stockton’s play was not life-or-death, but his first carry certainly helped Tech.

Stockton’s name was called for the first time at the Central Arkansas six-yard line in the second quarter. This added onto the momentum created by a mishandled extra point opportunity by the Bears. The speedster carried the ball into the end zone in a blink of an eye. This freshman played near-flawless football carrying the ball six times for 38 yards. His current average is over six yards per carry. In addition, Stockton caught two receptions for 17 yards.

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