As always, we here at Viva The Matadors appreciate all the questions we get. As always, we’ll answer them regardless of the subject. Let’s get to it:
@vivathematadors Who is your defensive freshman sleeper pick for the defense this year?— Alex (@ttuisthebest) July 25, 2016
Does D’Vonta Hinton count as a sleeper pick? This kid has potential. According to Texas Tech Athletics, he was one of two true freshman to see action in the 2015 season. He had himself a game against Kansas State, recorded a couple of sacks against Texas, and even forced a fumble against Oklahoma State. At 5’ 9’’ he’s not the biggest guy on the field, but he can definitely pack a punch. I’m not sure if anyone has him pegged as someone who will have a breakout year, but if he gets a significant amount of playing time Hinton will make a name for himself.
@vivathematadors Zach Tanner tweeted about an SEC DB transferring to tech on Thursday, and hasn't said anything sense. Know anything?— Captain_Cody (@codydawson47) July 24, 2016
Anything you hear will be news to me as well. Last time I checked, it was “very close to happening”. Since then nothing new has appeared. It would be a nice addition of depth to our defense.
@vivathematadors how many tortillas can you (accurately) throw at one time and have them still hit the field?— FWtCT (@mstatesports) July 24, 2016
Does throwing the entire package count?
@vivathematadors Theory: Texas Tech is 6-0 comes home to record crowd vs Oklahoma..... Mayfield vs Mahomes..... College Game Day, WHO WINS?— Maguire Mathis (@MaguireMathis) July 24, 2016
Great question. Texas Tech entering the Oklahoma game can very much be undefeated which would make for an interesting contest. This will also be Baker Mayfield’s first return to Lubbock as a Sooner. It will easily be the biggest home game since TCU’s visit last year. If the defense finds a way to contain Mayfield, Tech will be able to pull of the upset. Mahomes will a have a Heisman worthy performance. Nothing more, nothing less.
@vivathematadors Tech is usually good for one upset a year e.g. Arkansas in '15. Who do you think/want the upset to be this year?— Amy Jones (@amyjones428) July 25, 2016
TCU, but let’s hope for more than one “good upset” this season.
@vivathematadors It seems there has always been a receiver that stands out among the rest. (Crabtree, Welker, Amaro, Grant) Who is it now?— TheGodFaulkner (@TheGodFaulkner) July 24, 2016
Reginald Davis is a giant question right now. A couple years back, he was the talk of the town. Dylan Cantrell red-shirted last year, but could have an impressive season this year. Derrick Willies has already been making some heads turn. With Jakeem gone, the search for the next best receiver is a blank canvas. If Cantrell can really have himself a season, or Willies delivers, you have your top two candidates for our best receiver since Jakeem The Dream.
@vivathematadors if anybody were to have a season ending injury, who would have the biggest impact, (besides Mahomes)— ChulpaBatman (@tehoverlord) July 25, 2016
In my opinion, it would have to Breiden Fehoko. His defensive production was impressive last year, so naturally his production should increase with a year under his belt. He is one of the better players on the defensive side of the ball, so the injury bug biting him would be a huge loss for the Red Raiders. Thankfully this is all hypothetical. We always want a healthy season for our boys.
Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, It was a blast answering them.