Jarrett Hicks: Just Getting Started

After his eight catch, 150-yard performance in his first career start for the Red Raiders, you would think Jarrett Hicks has been a receiver all of his life. In fact, the 6'4, 208 pound sophomore is a former running back/safety. Now he's busy making safeties nervous in the opposing secondary as the starting X receiver for Texas Tech.

After his eight catch, 150-yard performance in his first career start for the Red Raiders, you would think Jarrett Hicks has been a receiver all of his life. In fact, the 6'4, 208 pound sophomore is a former running back/safety. Now he's busy making safeties nervous in the opposing secondary as the starting X receiver for Texas Tech.

After a redshirt season in 2002, Hicks put up a few numbers in 2003 with 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns. He first showed the Red Raider faithful his potential on the road against Eli Manning and the Ole' Miss Rebels.

In that contest, Hicks averaged 18.5 yards on four catches, including a very timely first career trip to the end zone in the fourth quarter. After tight roping the sidelines and grabbing the TD right over the top of the cornerback, Hicks showed us a flash of another part of his game- a little attitude. Without hesitation, the freshman spiked the ball and "popped the collar" of his Tech jersey.

People in the Lone Star State should be used to big, flashy, playmaking receivers that wear #88. It worked for the Cowboys with Michael Irvin, and now Jarrett Hicks is trying to help the Red Raiders with a similar style game.

Jarrett recently took the time to talk to me about last week's performance, other #88's, and his thoughts on Sonny Cumbie's first start at quarterback.

RP: How did you feel about the overall team performance at SMU last Saturday?

JH: "I think it was a good start, kind of an eye opener, it showed us that we can't come out flat at the beginning. Of course I liked the win, so I think it was a good starting point for us."

RP: Did you have a favorite NFL wide receiver growing up?

JH: "You know, not really. I really didn't start playing receiver until 11th grade. Before that I played safety and running back, a little bit of everything."

RP: Is there any particular reason that you chose to wear #88?

JH: "At first I just told the equipment people that #88 or #80 would be fine. I figured it was either Jerry Rice or Michael Irvin, #88 fits me. I love any kind of comparison to Michael Irvin."

RP: How much input do you offensive players have in play calling and telling Coach Leach what you individually see on the field?

JH: "You know, we have a lot of freedom with that. He talks to us every time we come off the field. We go with a lot of what we see and what [Coach Leach] gets from the coach's box. He trusts us to make the right calls and we go with it."

RP: Do you have a favorite route that you like to run?

JH: "Not really. I guess after Saturday I like running the post. It was wide open, but different teams throw different things at us so, just whatever can get me open."

RP: Did you ever consider following in your father's footsteps and try to become a Major League Baseball Player? (Father played in MLB for the California Angels and St. Louis Cardinals)

JH: "Baseball was there for a while. I still kind of want to do that sometimes. I think looking back on it now there would have been a lot of pressure on me in baseball. I still like to play it and watch it, so I think I would've been fine in baseball."

RP: What is it about Texas Tech that attracted you when you went through the recruiting process?

JH: "Coach Ruffin McNeill came down to the school every chance he could, and told me how many balls I could catch. He showed me the statistics and everything. It is known that the receivers catch a lot of balls here so, I knew I'd have a chance to succeed."

RP: What do you like to do when you're not on the football field?

JH: "I play a lot of basketball actually, even when the coaches don't really want us to. I got in a little trouble with that my freshman year when I got hurt, but I'll be in the gym all day everyday. I also play a lot of video games, a lot of Madden 2005."

RP: How did you feel about Sonny in his first start?

JH: "Sonny was a lot more poised than I thought he would be. Sonny was fine, he calmed a lot of us down early on when we were not scoring. It was a great starting point for him, 470 yards is a great start for anyone."

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