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    Coming off its first losing season since 1992, the Texas Tech football team was picked ninth out of 10 teams in the Preseason Big 12 Conference Football Poll voted on by the media and released Thursday.

    The Red Raiders went 5-7 last year and missed out on a bowl for the first time since 1999. Tech finished ahead of only Kansas in the preseason poll with 116 points to 46 for the Jayhawks.

    Tech brings back 49 letterwinners from last year’s team, including nine starters on both sides of the ball. Included in those returners are members of watch lists for the Davey O’Brien Award (Seth Doege), Doak Walker Award (Eric Stephens) and Biletnikoff Award (Eric Ward) as well as tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who is on both the Outland and Lombardi Award watch lists.

    With 32 of a possible 41 first-place votes, Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 this season. Newcomer West Virginia garners seven first place votes to come in second while Texas and Oklahoma State are third and fourth, respectively. TCU and Kansas State each earned one first place vote, with Baylor and Iowa State rounding out the top eight.
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    RED RAIDERS HAVE BIG DREAMS
    With the start of the 2012 football season just days away, the attitude at the Football Training Facility remains the same as it was on Nov. 28, 2011. Focused and Determined.
    After missing its first bowl game in 12 years, the 2012 Red Raiders have been ardent in plotting their course. Just reaching bowl game isn't the mission - it's much more.
    Armed with the return of nine starters on both sides of the football and the recovery of 16 surgeries from 2011, Texas Tech might not be the pushover that so many pundits have predicted. The offense, led by senior quarterback Seth Doege, should be the best yet under head coach Tommy Tuberville as the Red Raiders have talented skill players and its best offensive line group since 2008. Defensively, a host of young players from last season have grown a year older and are now under the direction of a veteran defensive coordinator in Art Kaufman.
    A potent offense and a much improved defense could have the Red Raiders in contention when November rolls round.
    QUARTERBACKS
    Texas Tech has arguably the best one-two punch at quarterback in the Big 12 Conference. Seth Doege, a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award last season, is back for his senior season and is a preseason candidate for the O'Brien and Maxwell Awards. Doege threw for 4,000 yards last season and with a strong offensive line and talented group of receivers, that number could skyrocket in 2012.
    Player-To-Watch: Michael Brewer. This kid is good. Completed 21-of-28 passes and threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Black team to a 25-19 win over the Red team in the Spring Game. Will be a strong backup to Doege as he prepares to take over the starting job in 2013.
    RUNNINGBACKS
    Texas Tech's success at the running backs position will rely on the return and success of senior Eric Stephens and sophomore DeAndre Washington. Stephens suffered a season-ending knee injury against Texas A&M while Washington suffered a knee injury in the second to last game of the year at Missouri. Some would argue, that the loss of Stephens was the difference maker between five wins and seven. Should both players return and play at a high level, the Red Raiders could be potent at the running backs position which will take some pressure off the passing game.
    Player-To-Watch: Kenny Williams. Williams was a highly touted running back out of high school that played in 10 games as a true freshman. He could see significant playing time at the start of the season depending on the status of Stephens and Washington.
    RECEIVERS
    A very talented receiving corp will be led by preseason Biletnikoff Award candidate Eric Ward. Ward was Tech's top receiver in 2011 as he rang up 84 catches for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns. Joining ward will be tall/athletic targets Darrin Moore and Marcus Kennard along with Alex Torres, Derek Edwards, Tyson Williams, Jace Amaro, Javon Bell, Austin Zouzalik and Bradley Marquez.
    Player-To-Watch: Tyson Williams. Was forced to miss last season after transferring to Texas Tech from nearby West Texas A&M. Williams is a dynamic and physical receiver that will give Tech a big threat at the inside receiver position.
    OFFENSIVE LINE
    On paper, this is Texas Tech's best group of offensive lineman since the 2008 season. The unit will be anchored around senior LaAdrian Waddle who is a preseason candidate for the Lombardi and Outland Awards and is a preseason First Team All-Big 12 selection. The return of the Beau Carpenter, Deveric Gallington, Terry McDaniel and the additions of LeRaven Clark and Brian Thomas could make this one of Tech's best groups ever.
    Player-To-Watch: Brian Thomas. Thomas enrolled at Texas Tech in the summer after receiving a release from Texas A&M. While at A&M, he started 25 consecutive games between his sophomore and junior seasons and helped lead the Aggies to back-to-back bowl appearances.
    DEFENSIVE LINE/ENDS
    This could be one of the most improved groups on the defensive side of the football with Branden Jackson, Kerry Hyder, Leon Mackey, Dennell Wesley and Dartwan Bush all having solid spring practices. Delvon Simmons was forced into significant playing time as a true freshman in 2011 but that experience should pay off this year as he backs up Wesley at guard.
    Player-To-Watch: Leon Mackey. Mackey moves to the interior of the line after playing last season on the end. The switch allows one of the most physical guys on the team to help give the unit a real threat in stopping the run.
    LINEBACKERS
    Probably the most eagerly awaited position group for the fans this fall will be at linebacker. Will Smith, a junior college transfer from Riverside C.C., was flat impressive during spring practice and emerged as the starter at the MIKE position (middle linebacker). In the spring game, Smith led the defense with six tackles and an interception. Sam Eguavoen is in the lead on the weak side after a strong freshman season where he saw action in all 12 games and made five starts. Eguavoen was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team by Rivals.com last season and compiled a season-high 11 tackles in the season finale against Baylor.
    Player-To-Watch: Terrance Bullitt. Texas Tech's best athlete on the defensive side of the football last season will make the switch from safety to linebacker in 2012. He emerged from spring practice as the starter on the strong side (SAM).
    DEFENSIVE BACKS
    Texas Tech returns seven of its top eight defensive backs from last season and will be led by seniors Cody Davis and D.J. Johnson. Tre' Porter, who missed a majority of the season due to injury, is back at full speed and will provide much needed depth. Senior Eugene Neboh continues to improve and emerged from spring practice as the starter at the boundary corner.
    Player-To-Watch: Cornelious Douglas. Texas Tech fans got a taste of what Douglas could do on the defensive side of the ball last season as he converted from receiver midway through the year. Douglas is one of the best athletes on the team and will be the starter at the field corner.
    SPECIAL TEAMS
    Last season, Donnie Carona spoiled the fans with his accuracy as he was 14-of-18 on the season and 7-of-8 in the 40-49 yard range. His graduation had the fan base on edge until spring practice rolled around and Ryan Bustin took the lead. Bustin showed a tremendous about of leg strength and accuracy during the spring and should be a strong replacement for Carona.
    Player-To-Watch: Ryan Erxleben. Erxleben was one of the top punters in the league last year averaging 41.7 yards per punt. That number should increase in 2012 as he continues to improve.
     
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    WEEK 1
    TEXAS TECH 33 MIZZOU 36
    This was a tight game back and force all game..The best action came late in 4th Q.. Texas Tech down 4 points with 2:47 left in game went to the passing game with Seth Doege leading the drive with a 84 yard Td pass to wr Ben Mcroy.
    Mizzou gets the ball back an answers right back with :54 secs left in the 4th with a 2 yd Qb sneak
    With less then :54secs left in game Seth Doege takes the field 1 last time for Texas Tech. He comes out 4 wide and was looking deep when we find areselfs with no one open, So he takes off running and jukes 2-3 defenders for a pickup of 30yards. After this play Seth Doege was down and couldnt return to finish out.. Junior Michael Brewer QB Takes the field with 30 secs on Clock and goes 2-2 to put it in for a Td with 12 secs to go.
    With :12 secs left on kickoff that went for a touchback are team was already celebrating the win. Then Mizzou Qb James Franklin hits Marcus Lucas for a 66 Yard gain..With only :03 secs left on the clock and 9 yards to go.. It was do or die for both teams.. James Franklin steps back and nails Gahn Mcgaffie Wr for Td.
    Key stats for Game: Texas Tech
    QB Seth Doege 12/24 331yds 3td 1int​
    WR Greg Desimone 6 rec 187yds 1td​
    DT Dennell Wesley 2tackles 2 sacks​

    Key stats for Game: Mizzou
    QB James Franklin 16/24 265yds 2td 0int​
    RB Henry Josey 19Att 47 yds 2td​
    LE Micheal Sam 2 Tks 1Sack 2FF​

     
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    Great game guys!!
     
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    yea crazy game for sure
     
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    Week 3
    BYE
    Are players took practice off this week to Help out the local children
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    A source said "the team had a small get to get together later on at a club, with a few friends"
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    Unconfirmed source said Plexico Burress arrived and shot himself for a 2nd time
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    WEEK 4
    North Carolina 35 Texas Tech 21
    Red Raiders Falter at Home

    Texas Tech is still shaken following a home loss to North Carolina.​
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    North Carolina Picked off Seth Doege 5 times in week 4​
    KEY STATS
    TEXAS TECH
    S. Doege 11/26 288YDs 1TD 5INT
    J. Amaro 5 REC 144TDS
    G. Desimone 2REC 105YDS 1TD



     
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    Iowa State Cyclones 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders 48
    Texas Tech (1-2) is coming off a HUGE loss to North Carolina at home. Iowa State (1-2) NCAAF lines have Texas Tech as big 15-point home favorites with a total of 67.
    Tech and their dynamic passing offense is led by QB Seth Doege, who passed for 499 yards with 3 TD and 2 INT, and WR’s Alex Torres (9 rec 213 yards 1 TD) and Eric Stephens (24Att 200 yards 1 TD).​
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    WEEK 6
    OKLAHOMA 36 TEXAS TECH 21
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    Coach doesnt have much to say about this game.. Very disappointed on how we got
    worked over bye the computer. Started the game off shutout in 1st half and almost came back
    Notable stats of loss
    5INT, 3FF, 5 dropped passes, 6-36 penalties
     
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    WEEK 8
    Texas Tech 38 TCU 30
    A Thin Win

    Texas Tech finds a way to win against TCU.
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    Week 8 was a struggle for TTU.. But it was are defense that put this game away with 1 sack, 2int and 2 FF
     
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    WEEK 10
    TEXAS TECH 35 TEXAS 10
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    Texas Tech showed its tops in the Lone Star State -- and maybe even the best team in the land.
    "Play 60 minutes," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. "You may have a second to spare."
    "Football is a tough game," Texas coach said. "Tonight was their night, we need to be classy in defeat and give them credit for what they did."
    After the game, Coach said the defense won this one. With hard hitting CB DJ Johnson FF that SS Cody Davis brought back for 6 points.. And Freshmen FS JJ Gaines FF that Cody Davis brought back to the house.. Are defense was no match for Texas offense
    KEY STATS
    CB DJ Johnson 3 Tackles 1 Int 1 FF 1 Td
    HB Eric Stephens 23Att 89 Yards 1Td 106 Yard Td on missed Fg by Texas
     
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    Great game!! Good return for the td. That surprised the heck out of me when someone started returing one of my missed field goals. Great win for your team!!
     
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    thanks man.. i thought it was gonna be a hard game.. but after 2 ff for td and field goal for td.. took the edge off
     

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