Being a receiver on one of the nation's high powered offenses is no easy task- just ask Texas Tech Senior Nehemiah Glover. After a 1,000-yard campaign in 2003, the team's most seasoned veteran is a proven leader among the receiving corps.
The question on everyone's mind is this. Who can replace former Texas Tech golden boy Wes Welker? During the offseason Glover was moved from the X receiver to the H receiver, the position Welker held last season. Is the pressure on to perform like Welker? You better believe it is!
The number of touches for Glover is almost certainly going to increase with the 2004 season already under way. One major change will be that the H back sometimes comes in motion and takes a handoff in the Red Raider offense. The chance to touch the ball almost guarantees more yards and excitement for both Glover and Tech fans alike.
Similarly, Coach Ruffin McNeill is calling Glover's number to replace Welker on punt returning duties. The NCAA record holder's shoes will be hard to fill, but Coach McNeill acknowledges Glover's punt returning skills caught his eye during the receiver's senior year at LaMarque High School. Glover has the skills- now it's time to prove it.
With the loss of three of the nation's best receivers after the 2003 season, Nehemiah Glover now realizes that he has a target on his back as Tech's most dangerous receiver. Can he handle the pressure? Sure he can! Here's why:
RP: During the offseason you got moved from "X" back to "H" back. How do you like the new position?
Nehemiah: "I like it a whole lot. The "H" back gets a lot more touches on the ball and I look forward to having my hands on it."
RP: During your first season at Tech, which receiver took you under their wing and showed you the ropes of a Division I player?
Nehemiah: "I can't really say that a receiver took me under their wing because I got here the same year (Coach Leach's) coaching staff got here. Mostly, I just paid close attention during film and did what the coaches told me to and that's how I got where I am."
RP: This past weekend at SMU you got a few touches running the ball at the new "H" back position. Are you excited about the opportunity to run the ball as well as catch it?
Nehemiah: "I'm real excited! I just love having the ball in my hands and obviously I love blocking for my teammates, but when I have the ball I'm going to go a whole lot faster. I just make plays so that this season we can win ball games."
RP: You are one of the few returning receivers from last year and probably one of the players that other teams are going to have their eye on. How do you plan on countering that and still be an effective part in the offense?
Nehemiah: "I thought that I was going to like it at first, being the main guy that is, but I noticed last week that they were watching me a lot. I guess it just makes me work that much harder in practice and even makes me look better when I still can make plays on them."
RP: I heard that last spring during drills Coach Leach challenged you to a 40-yard dash. I heard that he won even though you gave him a 15-yard head start? How did you feel when he high stepped to victory?
Nehemiah: "At first he was running backwards, but when he saw that I was about to catch him he turned around and sprinted. It was all in fun, but you can quote me on this- I will beat him before the year is over!"
Well Nehemiah, lets save those victories for games and put up a few point on the Lobos this week! Go Tech!
"Take 5" with Nehemiah Glover
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