Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and selected players preview the upcoming Midland scrimmage and provide player updates to gathered media following practice Tuesday. Defensive end Gary Moore (pictured above) was mentioned several times as a player who has raised his game this spring. Get the details inside.
QB Nic Shimonek and WR Derrick Willies participated in practice today. Afterwards, Kingsbury said that Shimonek will not participate Saturday as a precaution and Derrick Willies will be "full go."
On Derrick Willies: "He expects to be a 100 catch receiver, so I hope he can do that. He's worked very hard, he came here determined. Everything he has done has been about getting better, and so I'm excited to see how good he is. We have some good options at wide out, but from what I've seen so far he has a bright future."
On Dylan Cantrell:"He's been better than ever. He is great when the ball is in the air, has great ball skills, very physical, strong kid. Pat and him kind of have that connection having played so many years, so he has been doing some really good things."
On the d-line: "It's good. You can see Ondre Pipkins, Kolin Hill getting more comfortable with the system, knocking off some of the rust. Broderick has done a good job inside there with Breiden, being consistent. Gary Moore, Zach Barnes at the rush. It's been good...We have to get them more reps and see what they can do." Then he added that they are a "more explosive group this year, just younger."
Focusing on for Saturday: "You want clean play. That's the key. You want to see how guys react when the lights come on. Offensively you want to take care of the ball, and defensively create some turnovers, and make sure it's a clean scrimmage. Don't worry about flags, false starts, offsides, things of that nature."
On turnover progress this Spring: "It's been good. I think with Pat he will cut his number in half. He threw 16 or 15 last year I think if he is in that 7 or 8 range. OU won the Big 12 last year and they had 12, so we get our number to 12, with our explosive plays we will be right there."
On who is sticking out: "Gary Moore has stood out to me a lot this spring. Being a guy that was a good role player last year and he's had a smooth transition in to that rush. Kolin Hill is doing good, Ondre Pipkins, Zach Barnes and Broderick Washington those guys have filled in good and we are not far behind where we want to be."
He said the biggest difference between this year and last year is the work ethic on the d-line, and that everyone is starting to buy in to coach Kevin Patricks coaching and are taking it well.
"I'm looking forward to seeing great improvement from last year. I hope defensive wise we can stop the run and cover Pat's passes."
On Malik Jenkins: "I definetly look up to Malik. He's older than me. I know me and him play the same possition but he is definetly getting a lot better and stronger. We are going to need him this year."