Ahead of the season, at the request of a reporter, Myles Price said his goals this year included 800 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Texas Tech’s sophomore slots catcher has a long way to go if he’s going to make it happen.
“I’m definitely confident,” Price said Tuesday. “I just stay patient and when my number is called I try to do my best to make this game so more games will come.”
Tech continues to lead the FBS in scrum games over 40 yards (16) and scrum games over 50 yards and up (11). Considering only passes, the Red Raiders still occupy third (12) and second (nine) in the FBS, respectively, on passes over 40 and 50 yards.
Outside receivers Kaylon Geiger, Erik Ezukanma and Loic Fouonji and running back Tahj Brooks are responsible for most of these games, but technical coach Matt Wells and Price say inside receivers are also performing well, although their numbers aren’t. not immediately obvious. .
In Tech’s three-way rotation inside receiver H, Price caught 13 catches for 157 yards, Dalton Rigdon 10 for 144 and McLane Mannix three for 28. Price caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to Texas, and Rigdon set up a touchdown with a 59-yard reception against Florida International.
“I can’t say enough about Myles Price, Dalton Rigdon and McLane Mannix,” Wells said this week. “These guys play on special teams, they play H and they’re having a good year; they really are.”
Rigdon stood out as a cover player on special teams, and Price said the three made contributions that could go unnoticed.
“It’s me, Rig and Mannix, and we’re all out there playing,” Price said. “You’ll rarely see us miss a block. I’m trying to think about if we’ve even missed a block this season. We’re playing really hard.”
Price said he had no choice since the day he walked through the door.
“We were assigned a big brother when we got here when I was in first grade,” he said, “and Rig was my big brother, so he set a really good example of how practices were going to go and the pace of things. He and Mannix showed me that we were going to play hard in every game. If you’re not, you’re not going to play. “
How did that happen ?
A deflating turn of events in Tech’s attempt to return on Saturday in a 52-31 loss to TCU came with the Red Raiders trailing 28-7 in the second quarter. An illegal training penalty erased a 41-yard passing play to tight end Mason Tharp who would have moved the ball to TCU 17.
Tharp was covered on the scrimmage line by outside receiver Kaylon Geiger. Either one had to be offline.
“It’s really both sides,” said offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie. “The first thing the tight end has to do when he comes down to a two-point position is look over there and move (the receiver split), and the receiver has to look in and see that he there’s a tight end inside of it. “
The series ended 11 games later with the Red Raiders scoring a basket.
Cumbie said he knew when the flag dropped sanity.
“We do a lot of training adjustments and a lot of movement and a lot of changes,” he said, “and some of the bulk of that, I think, probably adds (the potential for penalty). of a game, when you’re trying to build up momentum and hit back, that one and pick-six are two big games that really took a little bit of momentum out of our sail. “
TCU’s Zach Evans blasted the Red Raiders for 143 yards and two touchdowns in 17 carries in the first half before sitting down in the second half with a minor injury.
Technical safety Eric Monroe was a senior at Galena Park North Shore when Evans was a freshman, before Evans became one of the nation’s top rookies.
“He was off the charts,” Monroe said. “I called him. I knew he was going to be a great player to come. This program, coach (Jon) Kay is doing a good job with the program and getting everyone ready.”
Ebb and flow
The wide receiver started the season with two big games that brought him 13 catches, 322 yards and a touchdown. He has since caught 13 catches for 107 yards, missing the Oct. 2 game in West Virginia while on concussion protocol.
Against TCU, Ezukanma made three catches for 23 yards.
“It was more of a failure of us to make him targets more than anything they did, really,” Cumbie said. “Part of us getting a quick start is handing the ball over to our playmakers. It’s him. It’s KG (Geiger). It’s SaRodorick (Thompson), our ends tight and Hs. get started early. That gets them into the flow of a game, so it’s important that we do that. “
Tech ex update
Former Tech defensive back Ja’Marcus Ingram, now a University of Buffalo starting cornerback, was credited with 10 tackles, a season-high, and a break-pass last week in a loss 48-38 v Kent State.
The bulls are 2-4.
Ingram was transferred after spending the last two seasons with the Red Raiders.
Who: Texas Tech in Kansas
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Or: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas
Diffusion: Big 12 now on ESPN +
Recordings: Texas Tech 4-2, 1-2 in Big 12; Kansas 1-4, 0-2
Last match: TCU 52, Tech 31; Iowa State 59, Kansas 7
Last meeting: Tech 16, Kansas 13 last year in Lubbock
Tipico sports betting line: Tech by 16 1/2. Over-under: 66 1/2 points.
Quick fact: Texas Tech opens the Big 12 with three of its first four road games for the first time since 2008. The Red Raiders lost in Texas and won in West Virginia in the first two.