Texas Tech Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Texas Tech spring football game?
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1. Not Your Normal Spring Game
Instead of doing a normal sort of spring scrimmage to end the fun – there are still a few practices to go – the Red Raiders drove halfway across Texas to play in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ford Center at the Star practice facility. And why? Recruiting. It was more about putting on a show for a huge pack of prospects than actually doing something meaningful, but there were a few interesting things to come out of the exhibition, like …
2. Nic Shimonek
It was a practice, but it’s what you want to see out of your potentially new starting quarterback. Shimonek got hot early, completing 26-of-33 passes for 273 yards and three scores. While he didn’t take many chances, it was effective.
3. But … Defense?
The nation’s worst defense appears ready to attack more. All defenses want to do that, but the Red Raiders are making a concerted effort throughout spring ball to do whatever it takes to force turnovers, particularly picks. Throughout the spring, the secondary has started to do more and appears ready to become a factor. It’ll need the pass rush to help out, though.
4. The O Sputtered After Shimonek Was Out
Likely backup Xavier Martin bombed away for a big touchdown pass, but that was it after Shimonek was done. The defense started to come up with more big plays – with an interesting turnover for a pic-six from D lineman Nick McCann – but overall, the other three quarterbacks who saw time were just okay.
5. By The Way, There’s Another Texas Tech Spring Showcase
Call this what you want, but the Red Raiders have another date in AT&T Stadium next Saturday for another scrimmage. If nothing else, head coach Kliff Kingsbury is doing whatever he can to pump up the program. Between the practice at the Dallas Cowboy facility, to the game in the big house in Arlington, there’s a lot of hustle in the program.