On Friday nights in the fall, the lights come on, the stands
fill up and high school footballs stage is set.
Some people might even say entire towns shut down as
everyone heads to the stadium for the game and Texas Tech wide receiver Bradley Marquez has seen this before.
Marquez attended Odessa High School and today the Red
Raiders are going to be practicing in Midland, only twenty miles away from his
hometown and Marquez said they are taking a practice to the right place.
“That’s football country, Friday night lights country, they
love their high school football,” Marquez said. “Those fans really shut things
down and go to those games and a big college like Texas Tech going down there
you know they’re even fired up about that, especially in the spring when not to
much football is going on around there. The atmosphere is going to be great,
it’s football country so it’s going to have a lot of people out there and get
these guys flying around.”
In his time at Odessa High School, Marquez finished as one
of the top-ranked running backs in the state of Texas finishing his senior
season carrying the ball 231 times for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Getting to go back to his old stomping grounds is going to
be fun for him Marquez said and fun for the team as well.
“Definitely excited,” he said. “It’s been a long time since
I’ve played down there so to be able to get the opportunity to go down there
with this team, with this coaching staff, we’re definitely fired up about it.”
This marks the second scrimmage for the Red Raiders this
spring under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and staff.
On Friday Kingsbury didn’t have an exact number on how many
plays they would run or who would get the most reps at quarterback but said
they are just going to play and see what happens and use this opportunity to
prepare for how a road game would feel next season.
With Midland only being two hours south of Lubbock, Marquez
knows there are Red Raider fans in the area and said it’s nice to bring the
show to the fans that come and see them play every Saturday in Jones AT&T
“I like it. There’s a lot of Texas Tech fans out there, so I
know there’s going to be a lot of people out there supporting us,” he said.
“That’s probably one of the biggest things to be able to bring something closer
to them, it’s not to far anyways to come down here but just so it’s in their
own backyard, it’s pretty awesome for them.”