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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tech: Takeaways big part of new 'D'

By Jeff Caplan


Through two games, Tommy Tuberville's revamped 3-4 defense ranks 80th in the nation in total defense, allowing 380 yards a game and 5.3 yards per play. Not exactly a shut-down unit at this point.

But, what his aggressive, attacking Texas Tech defense is doing quite well is ball-hawking. Tech is tied for seventh nationally in turnover-margin with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Texas sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert comes in having thrown no interceptions in his first two games as a starter. Saturday he'll face a difficult night game in Lubbock, a hostile sell-out crowd and a sticky Tech secondary.

Gilbert better get used to looking at these guys, he'll be facing them for the remainder of his career. Tuberville's young secondary is an all-sophomore-and-freshman unit. Jarvis Phillips, a redshirt freshman from Dallas Carter High School, leads the team with two interceptions. Sophomore Will Ford, sophomore D.J. Johnson and true freshman Tre' Porter all have one pick each.