Texas Tech Shows Confidence in Young Corners

Are the young Red Raider corners ready to be left on an island while Texas Tech focuses on slowing Arkansas' rushing attack?

Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said Monday that Texas Tech’s defense was going to do everything they can to stop the run by loading up the box, adding the young corners will be out on an island. Are they prepared for that?

Cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis thinks they are. Tuesday after practice Curtis said he feels confident in his guys to do their part in stopping the run and big play action. He mainly stressed staying on top of routes, tackling and technique.

“We will be able to hold our own and slow down the passing game,” Curtis said, “and do our part in the run game when putting more guys in the box.”

Arkansas dialed up four touchdowns through the air against Nicholls St., to go along with six on the ground, including an 82-yard run by Keon Hatcher and a 90-yard run by Jonathan Williams en route to a 73-7 win.

Sophomore corner Justis Nelson said that both the defensive line and the cornerbacks are going to play their role and work together to stop Arkansas.

“We help the d-line by staying on the receiver and they help us by getting to the quarterback,” Nelson said. “So, hopefully if they get there quick enough we will be in good position and be able to make plays.”

Both coach Curtis and Nelson had good things to say about freshman starting corner Tevin Madison’s performance thus far. Curtis said he is a good competitor, is learning fast and to expect him to keep making big plays as they come his way.

Arkansas will no doubt be the most challenging team the Red Raiders has faced so far this season.

“We have to bring our A game every play and every down,” Nelson said. “We can only go up from here.”

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