Team News and Notes
Homecoming for Mann
Victor Mann was born in Lubbock, Texas, and expressed excitement in traveling to play there. "It's a great feeling to have the opportunity to play against Texas Tech," Mann said. Mann's father, Roderick Smith, played football at Tech, and Mann said he'd have over 50 family members at the game. Mann also said Texas Tech recruited him, but did not make it past the early stages. "I really didn't having much interest in them, looking at the way their offense is run."
With a change being made at quarterback, some may wonder where Dylan Meier stands in the situation. Snyder said Meier continues to make progress in recovering from his off-season surgery, but still not enough to take the field. Although he's listed as the No. 2 placeholder on the depth chart, Snyder said punter Tim Reyer would fill that role if needed. Is a red-shirt being more heavily considered? "We're getting pretty close to that time where it would probably be a year in which he would not play," Snyder said.
Snyder said John Hafferty was back practicing with the team on Monday night. Mat Boss, on the other hand, has yet to return to practice.
Where's the 'D'?
Tuesday's media session saw only one defensive play, cornerback Bryan Baldwin, be made available to the media. Usual regulars like Maurice Mack, Marcus Watts and Tearrius George were nowhere to be found. Could the planning for Texas Tech's high-powered offense be so in-depth they couldn't afford a half-hour media session? Or was it just a guard to prevent bulletin board material from possibly being said.?
The name rings a bell.
Some fans may recognize the name of Texas Tech's leading receiver, Robert Johnson. Johnson was recruited by K-State as a quarterback, but instead originally committed to West Virginia. He wound up at Reedley College in California, where he led the program to a National Championship in 2002 and earned the title of No. 1 junior college QB in the nation from numerous publications.
Snyder addresses information sharing policy
With Texas Tech coach Mike Leach being criticized recently for his attitude in addressing team injuries, Snyder was asked the reasoning behind his own approach to the situation. "My thinking has always been that, why would you jeopardize the well-being of a young person in your program by saying, 'Yeah, OK, he's got a bad ankle, and he's going to line up and play with this bad ankle.' Or, 'he's had some concussions, and if he's hit again, he's going to be out.' Why would I do that? You wouldn't do that, would you? That, in my thinking anyway, is what's in the best interest of a young person."
Webb accepts demotion
Snyder said Allen Webb will take the demotion from the starting quarterback spot in stride. "I think he's going to handle it fine. I think he understands that he made some mistakes that he needs to get corrected. I think he's working diligently to do exactly that, so I think he'll be all right."
Nelson not concerned with streak
He may be the first player under Bill Snyder to score touchdowns in the first five games of his career, but Jordy Nelson said he's not concerned with the streak. "It's not a big deal to me," Nelson said. "If I keep scoring, that means the team keeps scoring. Hopefully other people can join in and we can put a lot of points on the board this week."
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