Triple Thrweatt: Game Day Profile

That's right. He's a leaner, meaner, hittin' machine. Texas Tech Defensive Lineman Fred Thrweatt is every offense's worst nightmare. Those of you who attended the SMU game were witness to the floundering name pronunciation attempts by the Mustang's announcer. "Treat on the tackle," was heard throughout the game over the loud speaker. Trust me, it wasn't such a treat for the player getting throttled by the 330 pound hit-man.

That's right. He's a leaner, meaner, hittin' machine. Texas Tech Defensive Lineman Fred Thrweatt is every offense's worst nightmare.

Those of you who attended the SMU game were witness to the floundering name pronunciation attempts by the Mustang's announcer.

"Treat on the tackle," was heard throughout the game over the loud speaker. Trust me, it wasn't such a treat for the player getting throttled by the 330 pound hit-man. Thrweatt's hard work throughout the offseason is clearly seeing dividends.

Since the clock ran out last season, the junior tackle has whittled nearly 30 pounds off of his 6'3'' frame as well as increased both his strength and speed.

"A defensive tackle can't take a day off, a play off, or get hurt, because it affects the unit as a whole," said Thrweatt.

"If one person doesn't do their job, then the whole play is messed up," he added.

The Midland native spent the offseason working on improving his stance by getting lower on the line as well as plenty of time in the boxing ring with the rest of the lineman.

"Sometimes you get hit in the face and technique goes out the window. Everyone's good, but in terms of technique Calvin Bradshaw and Manny Ramirez are the best," said Thrweatt.

The Rocky soundtrack is often heard blasting through the weight room on any given day, and "Eye of the Tiger" is a team favorite.

"Me and Brett [Bischofberger] make fun of that Starbuck's Double Shot commercial by putting our own names in the song," he remarked.

Speaking of music, Thrweatt is very systematic about his pregame ritual.

"I listen to a song I like three times in a row, and sometimes a whole CD. I'll listen to each song on the CD three times in a row," he said.

The ritual doesn't end there.

"I always sit in the back of the bus and am the last one off. Also, I don't put on my shoulder pads until five minutes before we go out onto the field," added Thrweatt.

It keeps going.

When Thrweatt runs out onto the field tonight you might notice his wrist bands, which feature the names of several important people. Written on the insides of the bands are his grandfather, his grandmother, his mom and his girlfriend. The bands are a dedication of sorts that started in high school when his grandfather passed away in 1997. He has continued the habit ever since.

Thrweatt has logged three tackles this season and continues to be a solid part of the defensive unit.

"Our goals this season include realizing our potential, causing fumbles, disrupting the backfield, just dominating as a unit," Thrweatt concluded.

With two solid performances so far this season, the defense is off to a good start. And when the game announcer states, "Thrweatt on the tackle," remember this. It's not a threat, it's a promise.

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