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Texas Tech Friday Morning Notes - No Expectations Edition

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A not so impressive preview of the special teams is posted below.

We've been focusing quite a bit on football, but don't forget the men's basketball team plays at home Saturday against the hated and feared Demons of Northwestern State @ 1:00 p.m. and will be on the TTTN. I'll have a preview and open gameday thread up tomorrow morning. Any guesses on the starting lineup? Zeno, Voskuil, Roberson, Cook and Singletary?

Also, last night I posted a Google document which contained all of the tables for the positional previews between Texas Tech and Virginia. Think of it as a game companion, but not quite a program.

Texas Tech Football:

The only news we get today is from the LAJ. First up, Don Williams writes about Texas Tech's arrival in Jacksonville, and apparently none of the players were prepared for the warm weather of Florida.


Lots of news packed in Don's Gator Bowl Notebook, as Coach Groh confirmed that starting cornerback Chris Cook and starting running back Mikell Simpson are not with the team, but would not confirm what was keeping them there.

Don notes that the Texas Tech players received watches from the athletic department and they are also expected to receive Oakley Thump sunglasses, which unfortunately reminds me of Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Perhaps the most interesting bit from the notebook was Leach's thoughts on former starting running back Shannon Woods. When Leach was asked if Woods has considered transferring he had this to say:

"I don't know what he's thinking,'' Tech coach Mike Leach said, "but we haven't talked about that.''

Williams then asked about spring competition between Woods, Crawford and Batch:

Asked if he expects Woods to compete in the spring with current starter Aaron Crawford and Baron Batch, who redshirted this season, Leach said, "I don't really have an expectation, but I haven't heard anything.''

Sounds like some bridges have been burned and there's no turning back.


Garry Smits from The Times-Union writes that the Cavaliers like their quarterback, Jameel Sewell too. Here's Sewell on his confidence in himself and his teammates:

"My confidence has gone up a great deal because of the players surrounding me," Sewell said following Virginia's first Gator Bowl practice of the week at Jacksonville University. "I have a lot in them and they have a ton of confidence in me. It's gotten us through many down times this season."