Aug 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury watches play during the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Texas Tech won 41-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Red Raider Football Week 2 News and Notes

Official Depth Chart Released

The first official depth chart of the season released Monday for the game this weekend against SFA. The starter at quarterback is listed as either Michael Brewer or Baker Mayfield; either Kingsbury is still trying to mess with his opponent’s game plans or Brewer is quickly recovering and looking to reclaim the throne. The only other surprises are along the defensive line, where Kerry Hyder moved to defensive end and Branden Jackson is listed ahead of Dartwan Bush at defensive tackle. Not sure what’s happening at nose tackle, but apparently Jackson Richards is trying things out in the middle behind Dennell Wesley.

Beau Carpenter, Jordan Davis Nursing Injuries

Junior right guard Beau Carpenter is considered day-to-day with an ankle sprain and junior receiver Jordan Davis suffered a hamstring injury which is also listed as day-to-day. Senior safety Tre’ Porter came out of the game late on Friday night because he was “just tired” from the heat, according to coach Kingsbury, and should be ready to go this week.

If Carpenter isn’t ready to go against SFA, offensive line coach Lee Hayes says either junior James Polk or freshman Trey Keenan will fill in at right guard.

Baker Mayfield Impresses Kingsbury, Has Room to Grow

When asked if we would see true freshman Baker Mayfield on Saturday, coach Kingsbury responded:

“You will see him Saturday.”

Starting?

“We will see.”

Even if Mayfield hasn’t completely won the starting job yet, he’s impressed his coach so far.

“There’s lots of room for improvement,” Kingsbury said, “but the way he just held steady; there were some plays that weren’t great and some times when it wasn’t going very well, but he never blinked and he just kept pushing forward and got better as the game went on, which is what you want to see.”

Kingsbury Wants to Run the Ball, but isn’t Concerned

Coach Kingsbury credits SMU’s defensive game-plan for most of the offense’s inability to run the ball Friday night, but also mentioned he’d like to utilize the tremendous talent he’s been blessed with in the backfield.

“With the types of running backs we have, we’ve got to be able to create some lanes and get them to the second level,” Kingsbury said.

“If we can’t run it we’ll throw it, and if we can run it we’ll run it. However we can score the most points, that’s what we’re going to do. Like I said, I would have liked to have been able to run it more with those backs, but if it’s not working we’re not going to bang our heads against the wall.”

I love it. All too often it seemed like the offense under Neal Brown was forced to run the ball even when it wasn’t working. It sounds like Kingsbury is only interested in what works.

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