ODDS AND ENDS | I'm running late this morning and I know I'm missing additional track, tennis and soccer links, but I've got to go hand-feed the calf again (my parents are out of town again seeing my grandma).
If you you are not a fan of Lego-on-Lego violence, then this may not be the video for you (there is sound, but is totally safe for work).
TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | As noted by RndRckTTU, the softball team sweeps Iowa St. and life is good for them, especially after Adriana Perez hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 8th inning for a 5-3 win (official site). LAJ's David Just was there to chronicle the weekend (beware of auto-play video).
TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | I've updated the baseball post and the short story is that Texas Tech lost 2 of 3 to Kansas and Kansas was one of the worst teams in the Big 12 and now Texas Tech is second to last in the conference with a 2-7 conference record. Oklahoma St. sits at 1-5 in the Big 12. LAJ's George Watson writes that this is the worst start to the season in 23 years for the team.
TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | DMN's Mike Graham writes that S Pete Robertson has moved to defensive end, which just boggles my mind. On the spring roster, Robertson was 6-3/220 so unless Robertson has packed on some pounds, then I don't get this at all:
But after a public spring game, according to RedRaiderSports.com, the defensive coaching staff tried Robertson out at defensive end in their two final experimental practices closed off to anyone not inside the Red Raider football program and he surpassed all expectations.
"He dominated," a source told RedRaiderSports.com's Chris Level. "It could be a game changer for us."
LAJ's Don Williams writes that WR Marcus Kennard or WR Javon Bell may be a redshirt candidate this year because there are five receivers graduating: Austin Zouzalik, Alex Torres, Darrin Moore, Kennard and Tyson Williams. All of those five figure to be in the mix at some level. Interesting that Derek Edwards has pretty much locked up a spot in the two-deep. I've mentioned this before, but Kennard had an awful catch rate last year and in seeing Bell in person during the spring game, he could stand to add some strength.
I'm not sure why this was published separately, but the Amarillo Globe-News has a short Q&A with head coach Tommy Tuberville and here's a bit:
"Well, the biggest thing you got to have on defense, in this league, is you have to have a very good back seven players. In other words, your linebackers and your defensive backs have to be very athletic because you play so many spread teams with so many wide receivers that can run and make a big play after a short catch. So, what we’re trying to do is add a lot more athletic ability and speed into our safeties, corners and linebackers."
Making matters worse have been the injuries. Tech's been hurt more by those the past two seasons than anyone else, especially on defense. Call it an excuse if you must, but it's the truth. I've been surprised at how slow the improvement on defense has been for Tuberville, who made his career on having great defenses, but there's no question he's been hamstrung by poor depth, and having that poor depth tested quickly by a ton of injuries.
RRS.com's Aaron Dickens runs down the list of notable or hyped players that left the program without contributing all that much.