Defense Shines in Texas Tech Football Spring Game [AUDIO]
After a disappointing 2011 season, the Texas Tech Red Raider Football team officially turned the page to 2012 with today's Red & Black Spring Game.
Incumbent starting quarterback Seth Doege captained the Red Team and backup quarterback Michael Brewer led the Black Team. The Black Team won the game 25-19.
In leading the Black Team to the win, Michael Brewer went 21/28 passing for 297 yards with 2 touchdowns. Seth Doege went 25/49 passing for 217 yards with 1 touchdown. Doege also rushed for a 5 yard touchdown during the third quarter.
The Red Raider defense was impressive during the scrimmage. Junior transfer linebacker Will Smith intercepted Seth Doege on a crossing route over the middle in the second quarter. He also led Red Raider defenders with 6 tackles. Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman singled out safety Cody Davis for a big hit he had today, and the defense had 9 recorded "sacks" and forced 13 punts.
Offensively, wide receiver Marcus Kennard led the Red Raider receiving corps with 5 catches for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Aaron Fisher also hauled in a 10 yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer. The most prolific running back was SeDale Foster. He rushed 9 times for 70 yards and caught 5 passes for 20 yards.
As for special teams, new kicker Ryan Bustin went 3/4 on his field goals, plus 2 extra points. Bustin made kicks from 26, 42 and 49 yards. He missed a 52 yarder in the first quarter.
There were a high number of penalties (combined) called during the game: a total of 16 for 132 yards. Also, the officials were enforcing a new NCAA rule for next season: if a player's helmet is knocked off during game action, the player must sit out the next play.
During his postgame comments Head Coach Tommy Tuberville was pleased with his team's play, "We looked pretty good. We didn't do a whole lot on either side of the ball in terms of formations, defensive fronts or coverages. Our technique looked good and we didn't get anyone hurt."
Tuberville also liked the play of his two main quarterbacks, "I was really impressed with the quarterbacks. I thought Seth Doege played well. I thought Michael Brewer played really well. We're going to go back and look at his reads. We know they can through the football, we're going to back and look at the decisions they made."
Defensively, Tuberville talked about linebacker Will Smith. "Will is a guy who is going to get better every snap. He's playing inside now. He'll be our quarterback on defense. He plays with a lot of confidence. The thing about him is that he needs reps."
Finally, at the end of his comments today, Tuberville addressed the situation with Kenny Williams and Jace Amaro. The two players didn't play in the Spring Game after being allowed to practice earlier in the week. Williams and Amaro are currently facing charges of credit card abuse. Tuberville said they will take a "wait and see approach" concerning the charges. "It's an unfortunate incident. They know better. We'll handle it. I don't put up with that." Tuberville continued, "We hold them (players) to a higher standard than anyone else around here, and they know that. They're embarrassed, but we'll work though this. They didn't play today and we'll just see what kind of charges come down."
You can listen to all of Tommy Tuberville's comments in the audio player below: