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Red Raider Gridiron: Ward at WF Rider; More Uniform Surprises; Bustin Waiting

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Former Red Raider footballer Eric Ward is at his old high school coaching, but looking to continue his playing career. The DT interviewed the equipment manager and says there will be more uniform surprises. K Ryan Bustin hasn't had many opportunities this year.

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No Time for Bustin. The LAJ writes about how K Ryan Bustin has been on the sideline much of this year kicking only two field goals this year after setting records last year.  I feel like this article is just taunting Travis.  Anyway, here's Bustin:

"I want what is best for us, clearly we are not where we want to be at 2-4, but being on the sideline and not being able to contribute like I know I can is frustrating. I just wish I could help out more (this season)."

Ward at Rider. It was so good to see Eric Ward as he's coaching at Wichita Falls Rider and he says that he hopes to play again, but for now, he's helping coach at his high school alma mater:

"It's been great," Ward said of returning to Rider as a coach. "They've really welcomed me back. I'm enjoying working with these kids and feel like I have something to offer with my experience."

Texas Tech's Equipment Manager. The DT talks with Texas Tech's football equipment manager, Zane Perry, who has been the equipment manager for 10 years for Texas Tech.  Go check out the whole thing and if you are curious about the color red, blasphemous to even consider, here's what was written:

When asked about special uniforms for this season, such as the Lone Star Pride or Wounded Warrior uniforms, Perry said he could not reveal anything, but fans would have to stay tuned.

Tech has not worn a uniform with a red jersey since the 2012 -13 season, but Perry also said the equipment staff still has many surprises planned.

Cummings Starting at Quarterback. This is a notebook sort of article from the CJ Online, where head coach Clint Bowen talks about how the Kansas defense hasn't allowed a point in the second half since he took over for Charlie Weis, but also in the article is the note that QB Michael Cummings will get the start this week.  Also of note is that Kansas' most explosive player, Tony Pierson is going to be at running back after just being at receiver for the better part of Weis' tenure, and it never made sense to me not to get Pierson the ball more:

Tony Pierson's nameplate still says "wide receiver," but don't be fooled. The most explosive player on the Jayhawks' roster is staying put at tailback for at least another week.

Pierson had switched over to receiver after former coach Charlie Weis attempted to model the back after former West Virginia star Tavon Austin. Now back at his natural position, the senior has found a different star to study.

"I've been watching old film of Warrick Dunn with the Bucs," Pierson said. "He's a quick, little shifty tough guy. Growing up I always watched him."

Miscellaneous. FoxSports' David Ubben predicts a 10 point win, about what I would be picking Texas Tech against Kansas and I missed Ubben's Pregame Huddle weekly feature from this week from yesterday . . . Grantland has their national look at the middle of the year and second half story lines to watch . . . SB Nation's Bill Connelly has his Big 12 projections for the rest of the year, which only includes 2 more wins, just barely, for Texas Tech . . . State of the Upredicts a big win for Texas Tech vs. Kansas . . .