Grant Expected to Suit Up Saturday

A more cheerful atmosphere surrounded the weekly Texas Tech press conference on Monday as the team continued preparation to play No. 10 TCU Horned Frogs 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth. The Red Raiders’ 34-21 victory over Kansas serves as a setup for perhaps Tech’s biggest challenge to-date against in-state rival TCU.

By now most of Lubbock knows Texas Tech junior receiver Jakeem Grant was injured in an off-campus shooting Saturday night, but coaches and players alike said Monday they are optimistic he will be ready for the big game. Succinctly put by Deandre Washington: “He’s doing good, so that’s my biggest concern.”

The usually tight-lipped Kliff Kingsbury even went so far as to say he expects Grant to be out there suited up when the Red Raiders take the field Saturday in Fort Worth, though he admitted he's not 100 percent sure.

Hypothetically, who would start in Grant’s place Saturday? The starting inside receiver spots are in question; not only is Grant’s injury a concern, but Bradley Marquez is also hurt (ribs) and has been listed by offensive coordinator Eric Morris as a “game-time decision”.

Looking back at the performances of Reginald Davis – who had three receptions for 16 yards last week, but grabbed a touchdown – and true freshman Ian Sadler (who showed up with four receptions, 68 yards and a score of his own) – Tech wouldn’t be overly concerned with a lack of firepower. The truth is Tech needs underclassmen Dylan Cantrell, Cameron Batson and Sadler to step up anyway. The loss of either Grant or Marquez this week in Fort Worth would be a roadblock, but also an opportunity for the youngsters mentioned above.

With Jordan Davis also expected to miss Saturday's game, the Red Raiders could start a pair of true freshmen in Sadler and Batson at the inside receiver spots.

Boykin is Tech's Primary Concern
Veteran TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, who was (and is) renowned for his speed as much as his actual quarterbacking ability, has taken off like a rocket in 2014. Throwing a combined 22 touchdown passes in his first two seasons, Boykin now has found his worth as a big-name passer (1,834 yards passing, 14 touchdowns) and thrust the Horned Frogs into the national spotlight. Texas Tech coaches and players are well-aware of that fact.

“With what they have at quarterback, I think they’ve adapted to him, put some QB run stuff in, and he’s done well with that,” Kliff Kingsbury said about Boykin. “I don’t know how he’s not mentioned among the top three…he’s dynamic, and he’s as dominant as any player in our conference.”

Robertson continues to shine
Pete Robertsonwas featured in Monday’s presser, but he deflected all the attention from his statistical output – seven sacks (eight according to the Big 12), which is joint-best in the Big 12, and 54 tackles, which is among the best in the league – and focus on what benefits his team.

Pete on Make A Gif

“The most important thing is that I want to win for my team,” Robertson said. “The stats are great – it says I’m leading the Big 12 – but that’s not my goal…I want to help my team get to a bowl game and a really good season.”

NOTABLE STATISTIC: Texas Tech committed an equal number of penalties as Kansas did last weekend, four, for a mere 22 yards by Tech, compared to KU’s 37. The previous six games yielded a grand total of 67 penalties and 626 yards, which equals out to 9.3 yards a penalty, 11.1 penalties a game, and 104.3 yards conceded per contest.

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