Monday, March 26, 2012
Big 12 spring game recap: Texas Tech
By ESPN.com staff
Missed Texas Tech's spring game on Saturday? No worries, we've got you covered.
What we learned:
- Red beat Black, 25-19, but players switched teams throughout the game. Note: This is not allowed during Big 12 play.
- Quarterback Seth Doege completed 25-of-39 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown, an interception and was sacked five times. Fellow QB Michael Brewer completed 21-of-28 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns.
- Running back SaDale Foster ran for 70 yards on nine carries.
- Fellow juco transfer Will Smith had a team-high six stops and an interception, the only turnover of the game. He also had a tackle for loss.
- Possible starters TE Jace Amaro and RB Kenny Williams were held out of the game after arrests this spring, but further punishment will be doled out as the legal process plays out, coach Tommy Tuberville said.
They said it:
- If you paid attention, you heard the buzz surrounding Michael Brewer this spring, and Scotty Young's decision to transfer only further perked my ears. This is Seth Doege's job, but the future looks promising for Brewer, who has lots of targets to throw to in this offense, too. He had a great day, and here's a guess it'll be far from his last. Much of Brewer's production came against the No. 2 defense, but offensive coordinator Neal Brown said he wants him confident heading into the season. Mission accomplished.
- Even if Eric Stephens can't get back from his dislocated knee for 2012, you've got to feel good about the RB spot at Tech. Foster earned rave reviews this spring, as did Ronnie Daniels, and validated them in Saturday's game. Williams' status is in question after his arrest, but before that, he was the likely starter at the position. He's continued to practice with the team, but Williams or not, Tech should have some productive backs. The big question is can they replace the one thing no Red Raider could in 2012? Nobody pass blocked like Stephens.
- Speaking of hype, it's probably OK to get pretty excited about Will Smith. You heard it all spring and finally saw it on Saturday. He'll have to get used to the speed of the game once the actual games start, but he'll be one of a handful of big-impact juco transfers across the Big 12 this year. Look out for him, Brandon Moore at Texas and Calvin Barnett at Oklahoma State.
- Texas Tech is breaking in a new kicker, but the Red Raiders are really pleased with what Ryan Bustin did, and it's easy to see why. He missed a 52-yard kick short, but banged in kicks of 42 and 49 yards, as well as a 26-yarder. Tuberville called his performance "pretty impressive."
"My goal when we kick off against Texas State is to have 100 percent confidence in Michael Brewer. ... If something happened to Seth Doege, Michael Brewer comes in and we don’t change anything. We’re not there yet, but today was a good step in that direction."
- Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown