From Inside the Red Raiders
Krishon Merriweather made quite the Red Raider debut as the junior linebacker tallied a team-high 12 tackles en route to Texas Tech’s season opening 35-33 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday. It was clear to anyone who watched the game he was the best player for Texas Tech on the night and the Big 12 agreed as the conference named him Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
The junior linebacker is the first Red Raider in 20 years to notch double-digit tackles in a season opener and he currently sits fourth nationally in stops. Merriweather was all over the field for the duration of the game, but his biggest play came just before the half when he stuffed a Houston Baptist fourth-down run attempt inside Texas Tech’s five-yard line. Though the Huskies had great success moving the ball through the air, Merriweather and the Red Raiders held Houston Baptist to a paltry 28 yards on the ground, which is the least amount an opponent has been able to muster against Texas Tech since 2012.
Inside the Red Raiders asked Merriweather after the game what allowed him to fly all over the field and have so much success in his debut.
“Run fast, play hard. Every play, play it like it’s your last. This game is not promised,” Merriweather said.
He was also asked about the crucial fourth down stop he made before the half.
“They only had one yard to go, so I knew it was going to be a run. So, I just played it,” Merriweather said.
The 6-foot, 240-pound inside linebacker joined the Red Raiders as an early enrollee last spring out of Garden City (KS) Community College where he was a junior college All-American after racking up 144 tackles last season. The former three-star recruit was ranked as the No. 98 junior college recruit in the country, the No. 3 inside linebacker and the No. 23 overall player in Missouri for the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite, an average of the major recruiting service rankings. Merriweather signed with the Red Raiders over reported offers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Marshall, Oklahoma State, Toledo, Purdue and UTEP.
Texas Tech (1-0) has a bye this weekend, then will open Big 12 play against No. 14 Texas (1-0) 2;30 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 26 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX.