Receivers Down But Not Out

Heading into this Saturday's match up with the Baylor Bears, the Texas Tech receiving unit will most likely be without <b>Nehemiah Glover</b> and <b>Bristol Olomua</b>.

Glover left in the first quarter of the Kansas State game with a foot injury. Olomua is still nursing an ankle injury he aggravated the week before the Texas game.

These two men are key parts of the top-ranked passing offense in the nation. However, the Red Raiders are confident that others will continue to step up just like they have been doing all year.

You might think that some players could lack focus heading into the home stretch of conference play. Nevertheless, wide receivers coach Sonny Dykes said the players are anxious to prove themselves out on the field.

"They see it as an opportunity," Dykes said. "They're anxious to prove they can play. This time of year the reps are pretty difficult to get."

Some have already received an opportunity. When Glover went down last week, junior Brian Bishop stepped in and played three solid quarters for Tech catching two passes for 20 yards.

"Brian's done a good job for us," Dykes said. "He's worked extremely hard and he's just looking for a chance."

When two of your biggest playmakers go down you need someone to fill the void. Lately, senior receiver Trey Haverty has been that guy.

Haverty has stepped up big for Tech grabbing 16 receptions for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the past two games. Haverty is second on the team in receiving yards behind sophomore Jarrett Hicks with 634 yards.

Coach Dykes said it has been a long time coming for Haverty.

"Honestly, for about four years we tried to replace him," Dykes said. "He's paid his dues. He's worked himself to one of the better players around here."

"Trey's a better athlete than people think he is," Dykes added. "He's always had an ability to make a play."

There has been a lot of talk about taking advantage of opportunities and seeing increased playing time. When asked who might see added playing time this weekend in preparation for season-ending games at Texas A&M and at home against Oklahoma State, Dykes said that Joel Filani, Brandon Douglas, Marquis Johnson, and Danny Amendola will be worked in depending on how the game rolls along. Regardless of which players see increased action in the coming weeks, there is little doubt Tech's success rests heavily upon the receiver corps.

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