From Inside the Red Raiders
Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells met with the media on Monday to discuss how Texas Tech improved over the bye week and to preview the upcoming Big 12 home matchup against West Virginia. The Red Raiders (1-3 overall, 0-3 in the Big 12) and Mountaineers (3-1, 2-1) are set to face off Saturday in a contest which will be televised on ESPN2.
West Virginia at Texas Tech
Records: WVU: 3-1, 2-1; TTU: 1-3, 0-3
When: 4:30 p.m. (CT) Saturday
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX
TV: ESPN2 (Stream: ESPN3)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (Satellite Radio: Sirius 98 / XM 200)
- Wells updated the state of the H-receiver position by saying Dalton Rigdon and Myles Price are both good to go at the start of game week practice. KeSean Carter and McLane Mannix will be evaluated at a later date.
- If Tech was forced to move someone from another position to H it would be Caden Leggett from outside receiver. Xavier White, who was moved from H to running back in the spring is expected to stay at running back.
- West Virginia running back Leddie Brown is a patient runner with power. “He’s just kind of patient, patient, patient and then when he hits it he goes. The o-line has gotten better as the year has gone on for them. He’s played well, he certainly had a great game against Kansas on Saturday and he’s one of the better backs in this league.”
- Wells has a lot of respect for West Virginia’s defensive line.
- Wells on West Virginia quarterback and Lubbock native Jarret Doege: “He’s got a lot of game time under his belt. He’s steady. He’s stingy with the ball. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is good. He’s accurate and can throw it on the move. Again, another quarterback that I think when he scrambles out he’s got the ability to hurt you a little bit, but he’s been steady. Neal (Brown) and those guys have done a good job with him and I think he’s steady for them. He’s proven to be a winner, he’s 3-1 right now and he’s done a nice job.”
- Wells was asked how Alan Bowman has dealt with being replaced by Henry Colombi as the starting quarterback. Wells said he’s been a good teammate, he was “good in the building this morning”. Wells added that Bowman is a great young man and that he’ll support both Colombi and the team while remaining ready to play if called upon.
- Arizona grad transfer linebacker Tony Fields is playing at a high level for West Virginia and has been a great addition to the West Virginia defense.
- The offense “clicked” last week during practice with Colombi working with the 1’s but they need a good week of practice this week.
- Wells described the conversation with Colombi when he was told he would be starting against West Virginia as pretty quick. He said Colombi was happy and excited, but level-headed.
- Special teams needs to become the reason Texas Tech wins a couple games instead of losing a couple games.
- The coaching staff spent a lot of the bye week scouting themselves taking a look at what they are doing well and struggling at on both sides of the ball and why, how to disguise some of their looks and what other teams are doing to them.
- Wells said the offensive line has played pretty good so far, but admitted it struggled running the ball against the Cyclones the last time out. He added the quarterbacks have done a good job of getting rid of the ball in a hurry, sometimes too fast, but that while no position group on offense has been outstanding this season the offensive line has been pretty good overall.
- Colombi was a no-brainer addition when he entered the transfer portal given his experience with their offense and the need for more experience at the position.
- The key for Colombi is consistency, to continue to stay aggressive, to mount consecutive successful drives and to make in-game adjustments while playing at a high level.
- The defense is improving because all the transfers and new faces have a greater understanding of the defense and are in better shape because they had previously worked out on their own during the COVID lockdown rather than with the strength coaches and teammates.
- Wells was asked how quarterback Maverick McIvor has looked so far this season. Wells said he is the third-string quarterback after Colombi won the backup competition in fall camp. McIvor is a great guy and has a great attitude, but is not getting a lot of reps during the season, because the coaches focus on the starter and backup to get them ready for the game. Wells added McIvor continues to practice hard.
- True freshman quarterback Donovan Smith had surgery on his throwing shoulder but is expected to make a full recovery, but that won’t be definitive until the spring.
- Wells said the defense didn’t have a hard time getting lined up many times against Iowa State, but a few times are too many. He said they need to get the play called, get lined up, read their keys and run to the football.