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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe :: 10.24.09

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  Much at Stake:  LAJ's Don Williams writes that the Red Raiders have too much at stake and must take TAMU seriously.  DB coach Simmons doesn't think the Texas Tech program takes other teams for granted:

"We’re not a program that carries that mentality,’’ Simmons said this week, "and to be quite honest, we’re not a program at that level yet. We haven’t done anything to where we can take anybody for granted. We’re a group that has to work hard every day.’’

  Sharpe Making Folks Take Notice:  FWST's Dwain Price features DE Brandon Sharpe, who is getting noticed on the field and DC McNeill had this to say about Sharpe:

"He’s been having very good practices, and once a player learns to carry over practice to the game, that’s when you see the dividends and the payoffs," McNeill said. "He’s been practicing very well, especially the last two weeks. We’re just hoping that he can carry his practice habits into the game."

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"Brandon is one of those guys that just kept plugging away and doing the little things, and now it’s starting to pay off for him," McNeill said. "He’s got great quickness and he’s a pretty strong player. He’s got his degree and he’s working on his teacher’s certificate now. So he’s a guy that does the right things off the field in the classroom as well as on the field."

  Record Crowd:  SAEN's Brent Zwerneman previews tonight's game, but here's TAMU safety Jordan Pugh on the scene in Lubbock:

"Batteries, tortillas, anything you can name, I was hit by 'em," Pugh said, grinning.

Right.  In all my years of going to Texas Tech football games, I've never seen a battery thrown.  Maybe I'm just not hanging out in the right places.

  Texas Tech Red Raider Links:  LAJ's Don Williams writes that Mike Leach could tie Spike Dykes 82 win record with a win today (this is a good read and deserves your attention, I'm just in a hurry this morning) . . . RaiderAde with a look at tonight's game . . . Bring On The Cats with a roundup of this week's roundtable . . .

  Texas A&M Aggie Links:  B/CS Eagle's Robert Cessna has a bunch of articles this morning:  the Aggies look for some luck tonight; QB/WR Ryan Tannehill a QB first and WR second (I think he should just be on the field, too talented); who has the edge in today's game; keys to the game; the Texas Tech defense is setting the tone for the Red Raiders; and his weekly picks . . .LAJ's Adam Zuvanich writes about the pass rushing threat that is Von Miller . . .

  Big 12 Links:  FWST previews week 8 games . . .