Texas Tech Media Luncheon Notes and Quotes

Notes and quotes from Texas Tech's weekly press conference.

QUICK HITTERS
-A handful of players have changed jersey numbers. Most notably freshman punt returner Cameron Batson, who is switching from No. 13 to No. 80, after Tech was flagged for having duplicate No. 13's (also LB Sam Eguavoen) on a punt return last weekend.

-Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt both said Jackson Richards (ankle) and Rika Levi (knee) were all day-to-day and woul be evaluated later Monday and throughout the week.

-Wallerstedt added he expects both Richards and Levi to return this week, but couldn't say for sure.

-Kingsbury also said WR Jordan Davis, who reportedly missed Saturday's game due to illness, is day-to-day and will be evaluated Monday.

-Kingsbury said some of the penalties on Saturday, such as kicker Taylor Symmank's face mask call on a game-saving tackle, he can live with. He added that while they improved overall as a team they will have to get significantly better in that department in order to defeat some of the remaining teams on the schedule. They will continue to harp on it, hold everyone accountable and continue to improve.

-As far as holding the coaches accountable for a pair of costly penalties on Saturday, Kingsbury said it has been addressed and taken care of.

-Kingsbury said he felt the receivers did a much better job of blocking down the field in the second game, they showed up and they are getting used to the speed of the game at this level.

-Kingsbury said he felt the defense played a good game overall and that the offense didn't do them any favors by going three-and-out four times, sending them right back on the field. He added they "hung tough, played hard and were getting after it."

-Wallerstedt said he is rotating so many players in simply to stay fresh, especially in the middle (interior defensive linemen, inside linebackers and safeties moving forward). He added he wants to get Malik Jenkins and Sam Atoe some snaps at inside linebacker to help save Sam Eguavoen, V.J. Fehoko and Micah Awe stay fresh later in the season.

-Wallerstedt said he felt Keland McElrath was the best noseguard option for them , but he's also playing defensive tackle, or the three-technique, and is playing well. He added interior defensive lineman Marcus Smith has really come on and showed improvement.

-Wallerstedt said he felt Demetrius Alston is out of place at the defensive tackle and he will be giving him more snaps at defensive end (presumably behind starter Branden Jackson).

-Staying with the defensive line, Wallerstedt said Brandon Thorpe still needs to continue to improve, is still behind the rest of the junior college players, but that he has shown progress.

-Wallerstedt said reserve interior lineman Anthony Smith approached the coaches last week and said he could help the team, the coaches told him to prove it in practice and be stead. He is playing better, received approximately eight snaps Saturday night. Wallerstedt said Smith is starting to mature, starting to advance and that if he could continue to do so it would be a big help to the defense at 10-12 snaps a game.

NOTEWORTHY STATS PROVIDED BY TEXAS TECH
-Texas Tech and Arkansas will be meeting for the 36th time on Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium.

-The game against Arkansas is part of a home-and-home series between the two schools. The Red Raiders will travel to Fayetteville in 2015.

-Arkansas leads the all-time series 28-7. Texas Tech is currently riding a two-game win streak against Arkansas that dates back to the 1990 season.


Texas Tech won the last meeting between the two schools as the Red Raiders defeated the Razorbacks 38-21 on Nov. 9, 1991 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

QUOTABLES
"Yeah, I look at it, and I'm kind of a glass half-full guy that we can only get better. To be 2-0 and play as poorly as we have at times and have all the mistakes and penalties and still be 2-0, we'll build off that. It's got to go up from here." -Kliff Kingsbury

"We're going to do whatever we can to stop the run. We have, we have committed to a lot of guys in the box. We have had some eight or nine-man fronts, which hangs the corners out a little bit, but there's no secret in what we're doing. We'll have to scratch where we itch, we'll have to keep them guessing a little bit, but we're going to commit everything we can to stop the run." -Matt Wallerstedt

"I think I've got a lot of room for improvement. I just haven't been my best, haven't been myself the first two games, and I'm really looking forward to the third game because I felt like the first two games were off for everybody. We're all coming together as a team as an offensive unit." -Davis Webb

"I'm definitely a lot more comfortable. Everything's really coming to me. It's my first year really just being on the defensive side of the ball. Going through those games, getting the experiences is really helpful for me. I feel like I'm getting better with every week." -Kenny Williams

"You just try to hold on, I guess. He's a great player. He shows up on film and flashes as good as any defensive player we'll face all year. So we'll have to know where he's at on every snap." -Kingsbury on Arkansas DE Trey Flowers

"We just haven't put it all together yet. We've had a lot of good stops, a lot of good grades, a lot of guys doing a lot of good things, but just the 75-yard drive late in the second quarter and the 88-yard drive at the end of the fourth quarter; you'd like to erase those, but (there was) a lot of good play inbetween. Just got to find a way to come up with takeaways and that was too many yards on the ground for us, he was 5.3 yards per rush--that's too many. There's a lot of teaching tape and have to continue to get better." -Wallerstedt

"The physicality up front on both offense and defensive lines (is my biggest concern this week). They (Arkansas) bring it each and every snap and we've got to be ready for that. -Kingsbury

"That's (why has the defense been unable to force any turnovers through two games) a great question. We've stressed it, I think it's gone back all the way to maybe the last 10 games we haven't won the turnover battle. I think maybe some of the guys, not last year, but now, maybe trying to get settled in at their spots. Justis [Nelson] had his hands on another that should have been an interception, just like he had the week before. I don't know if it's lack of confidence, or what it is, but we've got to find a way. I think just the odss are surely going to swing our way one of these days." -Wallerstedt

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