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August 16, 2011

Notebook: Freshmen impressing

Freshmen Pete Robertson and Sam Eguavoen have impressed during their first week of fall camp. Eguavoen, a lightly recruited linebacker prospect out of Garland, has been praised by Texas Tech's coaching staff for his athleticism and speed and it looks likely that he'll play as a true freshman.

"He'll play unless just something happens," said Tommy Tuberville. "I just like his tenacity and how he plays defense. He goes all out. He's going to make mistakes, but he loves the sport. It doesn't make any difference how much you've played, it's how you react to your situation. "He hasn't been a surprise, but it's always a surprise for a freshman to come in and play with kind of a maturity I guess you could say as he's played."

Tuberville said that Eguavoen lead the team in tackles during Saturday's scrimmage, and is the type of player he wants on a defense.

"Sam Eguavoen is a guy that, he shows up every day, and he's a linebacker. If DB's don't show up that often, if they show up it's usually because they've made a mistake, but linebackers , for Sam for instance, he shows up every play. He led in tackles Saturday because he just plays reckless. He plays all out to the ball, and that's the type of player we're looking for."

Robertson has also been turning heads. He's currently backing up safety D.J. Johnson, and Tuberville has been pleased with his progress.

"He's made a lot of progress, because he hasn't showed up too much. Showing up in the secondary, if you show up too much at a safety position, the position he's playing, it means you're making too many mistakes, but he's coming along good. He plays hard. We've got a lot of young guys that move around, that play reckless on defense, which he's one of those guys."


Now that his first fall scrimmage as the Red Raiders' first-team quarterback is over, Seth Doege has had time to review his performance. Doege said he had a somewhat ho-hum day, but thought it was a fairly good day for the team.

"It went decent," he said. "I thought my performance was average. Overall as a team, I thought it was a pretty decent first scrimmage. We got some film, now we know what we need to work on and improve on before the first game."

Doege is also continuing to build on his bond and timing with the receiver corps.

"It gets better every day," Doege said. "It's just one of those things that you've got to come out here and do it the exact same every day. A receiver can't take a day off and I can't get lazy in my drops with those timing routes. It's kind of like dancing, you've always got to be in sync with each other. I think every day we come out here, we try to get better and better at it."


Center Justin Keown will be sidelined four to six weeks after spraining his knee during Monday's practice.

"Justin Keown, twisted his knee, sprained knee. Hopefully we'll get him back in 4 or 5 weeks, it'll be that long," Tuberville said. "They'll make a decision as we go but he won't be back out here (during camp). He's a senior. Unfortunately some of things happen, but hopefully he'll come back."

At this point, it does not seem likely that Keown will need surgery.

"He's got some damage, but they think they might be able to rehab it and get him back within a month. No surgery right now."

With Keown unavailable, Tech will shift right guard Deveric Gallington to center, and insert Terry McDaniel at right guard.


Running back Eric Stephens was pleased with the offense's performance during Saturday's scrimmage.

"I think we came out and competed pretty well," he said. "It was our first scrimmage. It think we're a lot further ahead than what we were last year. That's going to help us a lot when the season starts."

The two-year veteran also liked how Doege has looked thus far.

"Seth is doing great," Stephens said. "As you all know, he had some injuries throughout high school. This is going to be his first year actually getting to play and he's looked good."

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