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Texas Tech Saturday Morning Notes - Texas A&M Gameday Edition

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Double-T Nation News:

How about a little bit of fun Aggie audio this morning:

Texas Tech Football:

I sorta liked the bullet-point style for game days and so I'll continue that this morning.

  • LAJ's Don Williams writes that the Aggies seem vulnerable, even at Kyle Field:
    Texas Tech hasn’t started a football season 7-0 since 1976. In any other season, a trip to Kyle Field to square off with Texas A&M would be a formidable obstacle to achieving that goal.

    No. 7 Tech (6-0, 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference) hasn’t won by more than four points in College Station since a 30-12 victory in 1984, but this Texas A&M team (2-4, 0-2) poses less of a threat. It seems to anyway.

    The Red Raiders go into today’s 11 a.m. game at Kyle Field as three-touchdown favorites over an A&M team in transition. The young Aggies, trying to avoid the program’s first 0-3 start in the Big 12, have played nine true freshmen this season and several others not much older.

  • FSST's Dwain Price writes about how Eric Morris has developed as a threat:
    In the 35-19 victory against Nevada on Sept. 6, Morris sparked his team with an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half. Then he provided Tech with some much-needed breathing room in the third quarter when he scored his first career rushing TD on a 13-yard scamper.

    When the Red Raiders were searching for someone to make a play in last week’s win over Nebraska, Morris took a sweep on third-and-goal from the 1 in overtime and zipped into the end zone as Tech prevailed 37-31. On a team that returned 18 starters, a new playmaker has been born, although Morris doesn’t see it that way.

    "I’m just trying to help our team get victories," the 5-foot-8, 177-pound senior said. "When my number is called, I’ve been able to do a couple of things with it this year and make some plays for the team."

  • Aggie head coach Mike Sherman wrote in the Battalion
    I will tell you we have had some of best practices of the year this week. Our players know what is at stake. I am confident Texas Tech will face the very best we have to offer, as I am sure we will see their best. Our players are going to give you and Tech all they have. I always tell them "play to win."
  • SAEN's Brent Zwerneman previews the Big 12 games:
    Storyline: The Aggies are 3 TD underdogs on their home field for the first time in memory. The Red Raiders have won 10 of the last 13 meetings, including three victories in a row. Even with a healthy senior Stephen McGee, A&M coach Mike Sherman likely has turned to sophomore QB Jerrod Johnson for good as his starter.
  • CS Eagle Robert Cessna on the Texas Tech offense:

     

    First, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant ran roughshod through Texas A&M's secondary, grabbing three touchdown passes. Then, Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman abused the Aggies for 329 total yards with four touchdowns.

    Imagine what they'd do together? That's the fear Saturday as A&M's defense braces for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders at wide receiver have All-American Michael Crabtree, and throwing him passes will be Graham Harrell, the reigning NCAA passing champ.

    Whoever set up this schedule for the Aggies has a sick sense of humor, or maybe he was using the games against OSU and KSU to allow the Aggies to learn and grow from the experience, kinda like this team's version of the Junction Boys.

    A&M is 0-2 in league play for the first time since 1984.

Texas Tech Basketball Football:

LAJ's Jeff Walker reports from last night's first practice:

Junior Trevor Cook has the most noticeable difference in appearance. Cook, a 6-foot-9 junior, has bulked up to around 241 pounds.

Strength and conditioning coach Chris Braden said Cook has put on about 25 pounds from his playing weight last year.

"He did a great job outside of here, eating right and working hard," Braden said.

The first day of practice also brought about some new faces.

Junior-college transfers Darko Cohadarevic (6-9, 242) and Nick Okorie (6-1, 195) should receive ample playing time when the season starts Nov. 14 at home against St. Francis (Pa.).

"Things are great, we’re still undefeated," Pat Knight said following practice. "The kids gave good effort, but they’ve been doing that since the spring, so I thought practice was good."