We’ll get to the QB craziness momentarily, but the other
significant piece of injury information that came out of Tech football’s
availability was the health of OL Tony Morales. The highly rated, but yet to
letter sophomore from Arlington will have surgery again and be out for the
foreseeable future. Judging from his twitter account, it’s a shoulder (arm is
in a sling). No word if it’s the same shoulder that kept him out his freshman
season. This puts Texas Tech in a bind because now, as Coach Kingsbury said,
“We’re working with 6-7 guys up front and trying to find the best combination.”
This news is almost worse, in my opinion, than the news of
Michael Brewer’s injury because the radio of healthy players to open positions
is worse on the OL than it is at quarterback. And if the offensive line is
skating a man or two down, it makes the job more difficult no matter who the quarterback might be.
As for the quarterback situation, here is what was confirmed:
Michael Brewer has re-aggravated the back injury
that he had in June. Nothing on the kind of injury, whether it was a disc or a
Coach Kingsbury called Michael Brewer’s status
“day to day.” Aren’t we all?
Michael Brewer hasn’t participated in a full
practice in “about a week.”
When asked about the QBs, Deandre Washington
acknowledged that the starting QB would/will be a freshman.
Coach Kingsbury would not give a depth chart at
QB, but did acknowledge that of the three competing for the job, only two were
getting first team reps.
Baker Mayfield, the freshman from Lake Travis
High School near Austin (Brewer’s alma mater), was the most asked about QB in
the session. Kingsbury said Texas Tech was lucky the way that worked out.
Kliff said that a decision on the starting QB
for SMU would be a “game time decision.”
DeAndre Washington also said that the depth chart at running
back was he and Kenny Williams with the first string and Quentin White and
Tyler Middleton with the second string, but all will play. Washington also
raved about Middleton’s speed.
Kerry Hyder said that all 4 inside linebackers were doing a
good job, but expected Will Smith and Sam Eguaveon to
have “really big years.”
Hyder also mentioned that Bruce Jones and Ola Falemi stood out the most among the corners.