Havili Making an Impact

Texas Tech running back Sione Havili has had a great fall practice for the Red Raiders. His outstanding play the past few days has earned the praise of several veteran players. The question isn't if Havili will get playing time, it is what position will he be playing?

Sione Havili was recruited as a running back, but with the injury to Gabe Hall he has been practicing at both running back and tight end. This is a testament to his ability on the field. The 6'2" Havili weighs in at almost 250 pounds. His size, along with good speed, has made him one of the most talked about players this fall. Despite his obvious talent, Havili isn't sure where he'll fit in yet. "I don't know yet, it's still kind of up in the air. Hopefully I can fit in if things go right," said Havili.

Havili is excited about the chance to run behind the Texas Tech offensive line. "They look great. They're really poised. You can tell their maturity through the way that they work together," said Havili. Even with a good offensive line in front of him, the quality of the Red Raider's receivers is even more exciting. "Having them as a threat in the open field kind of opens it up for us as running backs when we do get the ball. The DB's have to sit back and they pass first, that kind of opens up the run," said Havili. "That's really exciting."

Sione comes to the Red Raiders with some experience catching the ball out of the backfield. "I did that a lot at El Camino College. We ran a west coast offense," said Havili. By giving Sione the ball in open areas, the Texas Tech coaches hope to use his speed and power to make big plays. "I think it's a benefit for myself to get it outside the tackles in open space, to do more things where there's less people," said Havili.

Sione has already impressed players on both sides of the ball in practices. "He's going to be one of the key players for us also. I'm looking forward to being able to run behind him," said running back Taurean Henderson. Henderson went on to say that some of the guys have given Sione the nickname "Feezy", former running back Foy Munlin's nickname. The defense has quickly learned about Sione after a number of big collisions. "That boy, he brings it. You got to bring your A plus game to him every day or he will run you over. I went head up with him three times in a row and my head was ringing," said linebacker Fletcher Session. "He's a big boy for real. He's going to come in real handy on the goalline."

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