Professor Hicks

Class is in session, and Texas Tech wide receiver Jarrett Hicks has been busy schooling the competition. The sophomore is one of the nation's top receivers after his 211 yard performance in Saturday's win, and he leads the nation in average receiving yards per game with 173. He is one of only two receivers in the nation with 200 yards in a game this season. Hicks is known for his demeanor off of the field as well.

Class is in session, and Texas Tech wide receiver Jarrett Hicks has been busy schooling the competition. The sophomore is one of the nation's top receivers after his 211 yard performance in Saturday's win, and he leads the nation in average receiving yards per game with 173. He is one of only two receivers in the nation with 200 yards in a game this season.

Hicks is known for his demeanor off of the field as well.

"He's got kind of a deep, stately voice and sounds kind of like a college professor and uses those kinds of words. He's a very intelligent guy. One of the biggest things people don't know about him is his demeanor and how articulate he is. When you talk to him it's not even like the normal guy on the street. It's got a weird formal quality to it," said head coach Mike Leach, taking the time to do his best Hicks imitation.

"He just needs a pipe or something," he added.

Hicks is equally impressive on the field, articulately running routes around the opposing secondary.

"He's just really good. He plays his position really well. He's a big target and I've said all along if you throw it in the vicinity of Hicks he's going to make the play and he's going to catch it. He makes my job easy," said quarterback Sonny Cumbie during Monday's press conference.

Cumbie connected with Hicks for eight catches during Saturday's 70-35 win over TCU. The longest was a 62-yard reception that started an offensive drive resulting in a Johnnie Mack touchdown late in the third quarter to put the Red Raiders up 48-21.

Hicks added a touchdown during a 34-yard scamper through open lanes with 8:45 remaining in the game.

"He has the unique ability to run the way he runs routes. There are not many guys who can get in and out of the cuts the way Hicks does. That's a big thing he does better than anyone else. His hands are great and he's a big target. When you put all of those things together it makes for a big receiver, and that's what he is," Cumbie added.

Class continues on Saturday when the Red Raiders hit the road to take on the Kansas Jayhawks at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FSN.

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