Tech: Is Cornelius Douglas the next Wes Welker?


OK, comparing 5-foot-10 sophomore Cornelius Douglas to Wes Welker is more than a stretch at this point, but it does appear that Douglas could be a factor for the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the inside receiver position.

Douglas caught four passes for 28 yards in nine games last season. In Sunday's 35-27 season-opening win against SMU, Douglas had three catches for 49 yards, including a long of 26. He also forced a fumble on punt coverage.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said the coaching staff looked at Douglas on defense during the spring, but decided he would be best used at receiver and on special teams. Tuberville said Douglas could be "a force" for the Red Raiders on offense this season.

*Tech should get a boost Saturday when it plays at New Mexico and not because the Lobos lost 72-0 last week at Oregon. The Red Raiders are expecting last year's leading receiver, Alex Torres, to make his season debut after suffering a lower back strain during fall camp. Torres had 67 receptions for 806 yards and six touchdowns last season.