1. J. Davis Shines | The LAJ profiles former walk-on IR Jordan Davis and IR coach Eric Morris likes the type of player that Davis is:
"He has a lot of savvy for the game of football," said co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris, Davis’ position coach. "He understands the game. Not the biggest or fastest or strongest kid out there but spends a lot of time in watching tape and understands his job every single play. He’s someone we can count on every single play, so that’s why he got some playing time."
And WR coach Sonny Cumbie has similar things to say as well:
"He’s a kid that runs, probably, the best routes on our team," co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said. "He has a knack for space, a knack for getting open. Coach Morris has done a great job with him as far as teaching him some of the little nuances of the position when he played here. I think Jordan’s really taken to that. He’s a tough kid. Hopefully if he stays healthy, he’ll have a really good season."
2. A Gem in Mayfield | The DMN writes that QB Baker Mayfield is a real find and head coach Kliff Kingsbury makes Mayfield's make-up:
"As far as the fearlessness and the passion and not getting up and down or flustered," Kingsbury said, "I saw the same look in Baker’s eyes."
3. Avoiding FCS Upset | The DT writes that the Red Raiders are looking to avoid the FCS upset and Kingsbury and SFA HC J.C. Harper have a nice exchange here:
"I think the spread offense is a great equalizer," Kingsbury said. "If you get some good skill, you can go in there and surprise people. When you look at SFA, they have great skill. They can play anywhere."
Lumberjacks coach J.C. Harper said there is a big difference in tempo when playing an FBS school, but his team is excited to come play in a different atmosphere.
"You get worn down with the tempo and speed of the game," he said. "In games like these you can’t turn the ball over and let them have big plays. It’s a tough deal, but hopefully we’ll learn from it and go out there and compete to win a football game."
4. Kingsbury Returns | Remember how SARR and I discussed how Texas Tech is going to start producing their own content? Well, our good friend Nick Kosmider, he used to work for the LAJ last year, but moved on to Colorado earlier this year and is a good guy, writes for the official site about HC Kliff Kingsbury's finding his way to Texas Tech. Just something to watch how Texas Tech will really start producing their own content and this is the way of the world as a content provider, which is you produce your own content or you fall behind.
5. Quick Hits |
- The DMN predicts the game. SARR and I do the same thing later this morning.
- Pistols Firing with their Big 12 Power Rankings and it's funny how Porter's wife and my wife essentially had the same reaction upon seeing Kingsbury for the first time.
- CFB Matrix thinks that Texas Tech is the 21st best team? I think that's way too high with a freshman quarterback, but it's one game, so who cares?
- Yesterday, Ubben had week 2 storylines and predictions. Now ESPN is totally copying him as they have week 2 storylines and predictions. This is basically plagiarism ESPN.
- The AmesTribune is now comparing QB Baker Mayfield to Rudy and said that Mayfield was ignored by the recruiting services (24/7, Scout, Rivals and ESPN), which really isn't true at all because he was rated as a 3-star player by every recruiting service. If you like well researched articles, or articles that took me 5 minutes to research and link, then you may not want to read this.
6. Film Study | Good stuff with Brandon Rawe and Co-DC Matt Wallerstedt do some film study: