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Red Raider Gridiron: Webb is Day-to-Day; DC Smith Talks Defense

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QB Davis Webb is day-to-day and we have updates on other injury situations, plus, defensive coordinator Mike Smith talks about the TCU game and how the staff will find players that are tough.

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Smith: "Everyone on this team is replaceable". I couldn't help myself as I wasn't sure what MeestahRogers is going to write about, but I thought this was good.  Here's a non-transcript of defensive coordinator's Mike Smith's press conference, emphasis mine:

Not going to watch the film, some of the stuff is unacceptable. Have to move on to the Longhorns. See how we bounce back. Have to know what kind of men we are, want to see what character we have.

Lot of guys giving up. Speed wise they had us mismatched. The most frustrating thing was that it wasn't scheme, I guarantee that half of their yards was their quarterback just throwing it up and we just have to make plays when the ball is in the air. Make tackles. I didn't see the starting guys give up. They kept fighting, threw some good balls, Austin Stewart was in the right spot, stuff like that we can get better on, just need to bounce back.

We're all very competitive, we've all over achievers, we expect to win every game, we're not going to be down and feel sorry for ourselves, if we give, up they'll give up. We're going to keep fighting and keep getting better, it isn't going to be easy, the thing I know when things go hard is go to work, my father went to work at 4 am and my mother did the same thing and I was here at 4 am. We're going to keep fighting until the end. We're going to find guys that are tough and build this thing, everything on this team is replaceable. We're going to find guys that are tough, find guys that want to build this thing. If you can't, we'll find someone that can because we've got guys on the way.

I also thought it was interesting to see Smith acknowledge that what TCU did on offense wasn't some big thing offensively, it was just Boykin throwing up the ball and telling the receivers to go up and get the ball.  This is a problem that has plagued this team for a while now, and I think we'll see a heavy dose of this for the rest of the year.

Smith and Kingsbury seem to be hard workers and I'm sure that Eric Morris is too.  I'll have more on this later in the week, but I'm still at a confidence level of 100 for Kingsbury, Smith and Morris.  I know that I'm in the minority, but you can't shake my faith in the staff.  I know. It's totally irrational. Don't care.  I wrote about Tuberville for three years.  We can do this.

Uncertainty for Webb, Injury Updates. If I had to guess, QB Davis Webb won't play on Saturday, but that's just a guess. At the press conference, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that Webb is day-to-day and said that if Webb can't escape the rush and move around, then QB Patrick Mahomes will get the call.  As stated before, it doesn't matter to me at all if Kingsbury talks about the injuries or if a coach talks about injuries each week.

The LAJ writes that it appears that LB Sam Eguavoen and DT Demetrius Alton probably won't play, but the defense should have SS Keenon Ward and FS J.J. Gaines, while on offense, IR Jakeem Grant, IR Bradley Marquez and RT Reshod Fortenberry should all return.  That's actually good news for a beleaguered team.

Building Depth. LAJ's Don Williams writes about how the staff is working on improving the depth with recruiting and is telling these players that they could play immediately:

"Anytime you're winning football games and the kids see that, that gets them excited about coming here and playing," Morris said. "And a bunch of these kids that we're recruiting right now, you've got to find a way to approach it to them. We're recruiting a lot of these kids to come in and play right away, and that's a fact."

Tech's recruiting class, ranked No. 39 by 247Sports.com, is led by led by Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Honolulu Farrington defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko and a couple of widely sought offensive linemen: Conner Dyer from Mesquite Horn and Madison Akamnonu from Arlington Bowie.

Morris said Tech coaches want to build a team "with good depth from the ground up with some high school kids from Texas."

Stidham and Fehoko both signed financial aid agreements with Tech in September, and Morris said they've done well to reach out to other recruits to lobby on behalf of Tech.

"When you have some of these guys helping recruit for you, as in Stidham and Fehoko, it makes it a lot easier for you if they're communicating constantly with these guys," Morris said, "reaching out to them and keeping them in the boat and having a vision for this place - the same vision that we do."

Miscellaneous. Fox Sports' David Ubben has his Big 12 power rankings and Texas Tech slipped a spot . . . Chris Fowler went on a rant about how ESPN is not biased toward the SEC and many folks have called Fowler out for not being honest with the viewers and himself because ESPN has a vested interest in the SEC (via The Student Section) . . . Burnt Orange Nation with the weekly press conference notes for Charlie Strong, and a separate note that WR/KR Roderick Bernard has a torn ACL . . . Grantland's Matt Hinton writes about college football and I will read it . . .