The No. 24 Texas Tech Red Raiders — yes, the once-again nationally ranked Red Raiders — are set to take on West Virginia this weekend.
Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen spent a good portion of his opening statement of his Tuesday press conference lauding various aspects of Texas Tech’s team. He went down the list of the Red Raiders offensive weapons. He compared and contrasted Nic Shimonek to Patrick Mahomes II.
All pretty normal stuff for an opposing coach the week of a game with Texas Tech.
But Holgorsen also made sure to praise the Red Raiders defense. And he did so in his trademark style.
“Defensively, David Gibbs, he’s coming into his third year now [as Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator],” Holgorsen said. “I know this guy pretty well, and know what they’re doing pretty well.
“They’re playing hard, and they’ve got a plan. There was a dial-up-a-defense element to what they were doing over the last couple of years. They’re not doing that. They’re sound with what they’re doing, they’ve got a plan, and they’re executing it very well.”
Holgorsen and Gibbs have both coached at Houston and Texas Tech, though they were never at the same school at the same time.
Texas Tech’s defense is much improved this season.The Red Raiders have managed to right the ship after a defensively dismal 2016.
Holgorsen singled out the Texas Tech linebackers as a key component of the defense.
“I really feel like they’re led by their linebackers. Dakota Allen has a unique story, but he’s playing well. And Jordan Brooks was a big-time linebacker coming out of high school that played for them last year as a freshman. Those guys are everywhere.”
Texas Tech and West Virginia kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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