Notes and quotes from Texas Tech's press conference Monday at the Football Training Facility. Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury, defensive coordinator David Gibbs, offensive coordinator Eric Morris, senior center Jared Kaster and senior defensive lineman Branden Jackson answered questions from gathered media.
According to Kingsbury Mahomes is day-to-day after being “hampered” Saturday but would not specify a diagnosis. “We’ll see how he moves around today,” he said.
Kingsbury added that Mahomes didn’t want to talk about the injury during the game and didn’t want trainers looking at it after evaluation.
Kingsbury on Pat: “I was very proud of the way he battled and hung in there. He was very good for not being 100%...That shows his teammates what he is all about and fires them up.”
Kingsbury added that he is thankful that they have DeAndre Washington and the other quarterbacks to help out in that situation with Mahomes. “That was the best I have ever seen him [Washington] play.”
David Gibbs on TCU
Gibbs acknowledged that the defense is doing less freelancing and is getting better at focusing on their job and staying on assignment.
He also talked about the fluke play that TCU pulled off to win. He said that they were double-teaming Josh Doctson and aligned to stop Aaron Green but didn’t execute the coverage.
Gibbs on neither team getting a turnover despite the amount of plays: “It’s impossible. I call it karma, somebody ain’t living right. It’s not me but somebody ain’t living right.”
Moving on to Baylor
Kingsbury on Baylor: “…They are very very good on offense. Their receivers can fly, quarterback is very athletic and their running back is one of the top in our conference so they do a good job. Anytime you play them you’re going to be worried about their offense.”
Gibbs said that TCU and Baylor’s offense are different because Baylor is a more power run team. He added that Tech has been more successful against power run offenses than spread, which doesn’t make sense to him.
Everyone at the podium acknowledged how good Baylor’s defensive line is but offensive lineman Jared Kaster said he is going to “prepare like we do every week.”
Game day Atmosphere
Branden Jackson said that Saturday’s game was the loudest he has ever heard in his whole career.
Jared Kaster said he loves playing at Jerry World and is excited to take on another Top 5 team there. “If you can’t get up for this one than you’re in the wrong business.”
Sadler is day-to-day and Kingsbury did not specify diagnosis
They are still working through Cantrell’s injury and said it is possible that he plays this season and are a couple weeks away from shutting it down and redshirting.
Nigel Bethel could play this week. Kingsbury said he is a little behind with the time he missed, but Gibbs said he had a good showing in practice last week and so they will see how he progresses this week.