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Tommy Tuberville Press Conference Recap Before the Oklahoma Game

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Texas Tech Red Raider Football Head Coach Tommy Tuberville held his weekly press conference today in advance of the Red Raiders game at Oklahoma.

Coach Tuberville talked about his team’s performance during the first half of the season and the losses over the past two weeks, “It’s been an interesting first six weeks. We made a lot of progress in some areas, in some areas we haven’t made as much as we’d like. Building a team the way we want it, there are a lot of factors that are involved.

“The number one thing for me as head coach is accountability, and that’s for all the players and coaches. Accountable for what they do and how they do it and being a team player. If we’re ever going to win a championship around here, we have to learn that one word. We never want to accept losing. But if it takes that for us to learn to be accountable to their teammates, to their coaches, to their school, I think it will go a long way for us.”

Last week against Kansas State, Tech’s special teams had two more field goal attempts blocked. Tuberville was asked, what happened with those blocks? “I think just focus, a technique problem. It was in both different areas. It wasn’t the same one. Like last week we had them blocked from the outside. The first one was blocked between the guard and center this week, and the second was blocked between the guard and the tackle. It’s just focus.

“We don’t have a lot of offensive linemen. A lot of our starters have to play on that (unit). Sometimes you get to a point where we didn’t score that touchdown, let’s kick this field goal, get to the sideline and get ready for the next series, and that snap is as important as everything else. But it’s obvious that we didn’t have the focus and the accountability on those two snaps to get it done. They just outphysicaled us on that play. Bottom line, there wasn’t anything other than the effort.”

Wide receiver Darrin Moore didn’t play last week and Tuberville provided an update on his status, and mentioned other injuries, “Darrin’s probably another week or so out. Ben McRoy didn’t come out yesterday. He stayed in with the trainers, so we won’t know on him. Derrick Mays, same thing. They’re pretty doubtful to make this trip this week.”

And what happened with Ben McRoy? Tubs said, “He had migraines during the game and he hurt his hip. It’s just one of those deals. Those speed guys tend to get beat up a little quicker and more often than us slow folks.”

Texas Tech plays at Oklahoma Saturday night at 7p. The game will be televised on ABC.

 

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