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Texas Tech Morning Links | Updates on Volleyball, Soccer and Cross-Country; Brewer in Full Pads

The volleyball team is set to host #25 Iowa St. tonight, while the soccer team will host TCU and Arkansas Pine-Bluff this weekend. Kennedy Kithuka wins national award. The football team looks to combat the Kansas rushing attack and QB Michael Brewer was seen in pads yesterday.

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LINKS | Running a bit late this morning, but these are your Texas Tech morning links.

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  • Volleyball | The volleyball team is set to host #25 Iowa St. tonight and congrats to Breean David for being named the Scholar-Athlete for the month of October!
  • Soccer | Just to catch everyone up, Texas Tech beat the Iowa St. Cyclones in Ames on Friday night, 2-0, and had a scoreless draw on Sunday against Oklahoma St in Stillwater. The team is now 10-1-1 and moved up to #14 in the NSCAA standings. The team hosts TCU on Friday night and then Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Sunday.
  • Cross Country | Congrats to long-distance runner Kennedy Kithuka for being named the National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association!
  • Football |
    • The LAJ has an article on trying to slow down the Kansas rushing game, at least better than last year:
      "We just didn’t play as aggressive as I think you need to play," Wallerstedt said. "Just technique maybe with the front. I know (new defensive line coach) John Scott’s done a great job with our guys this year, and I know what we inherited. I know how maybe they went about business last year. I just think 390 yards is a lot of yards, for anybody to do that."
      And LB Blake Dees thinks that being multiple on defense is going to be an advantage for the Texas Tech defense:
      "We’re not just in a 4-3," Dees said, referring to the team’s base defense in 2012. "We’ve got all kinds of fronts and looks that they can’t sit there and beat us in one look, because we have multiple fronts. They’re going to have to adjust just as well as we do, and I think that’s going to be a big aspect."
    • The LAJ also has updates on all of the Texas Tech commits. Also, Texas Tech received a commitment from Tyler J.C. offensive lineman, Drew Sarvary and I've got a profile coming up later this afternoon.
    • Via the Kansan, Charlie Weis reminded everyone that it has been 1,063 days, as of yesterday, since Kansas has won a Big 12 game. Also via the Kansan, and they let us know that LB Victor Simmons will be covering TE Jace Amaro.
    • SB Nation's The Numerical and The Alphabetical are here to entertain you. Also of note is Football Outsiders S&P+ ratings, which still think that Texas Tech is the 56th best team in the nation. Again, they just plug the numbers into the formula and it spits out the rest. It's the offense that just isn't up to snuff, which is true. It could be better. Speaking of offense . . .
    • Here's the LAJ's Don Williams via the Twitter machine last night: I think I mentioned this in the comments last week, but I'd guess that QB Michael Brewer is in dressed pads this week against Kansas and depending on the situation, could be battling for the starting job by Iowa St. Yep, I think that much of Brewer.

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