Red Raider football opens the 2013 season with a top 25 ranking after three-straight wins, namely an upset of then-24th ranked TCU on Thursday night. Most story lines focus on starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, the first true freshman walk-on to start at quarterback for a BCS school; but most of the credit for Tech’s hot start should go to three very special players.
Statistics: 11 receptions, 185 yards, three touchdowns.
Highlights: 60-yard touchdown reception vs. SFA, 19-yard go-ahead touchdown reception vs. TCU.
To this point in his career, junior Bradley Marquez hasn’t been asked to do much. As a true freshman, Marquez made the switch from running back to wide receiver, where he played backup to Darrin Moore for two seasons. Now, he’s the guy, and he’s playing like it. Through three games, Marquez has three touchdown catches, including a clutch 19-yarder to help Tech beat TCU and start 1-0 in conference play.
Statistics: 13 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, six pass breakups.
Highlights: Recorded a sack vs. SMU, four pass breakups vs. TCU.
At 6-3/220, Bullitt definitely stands out on the field. The fifth-year senior has pro-prospect written all over him, and after his performance in the last three games, he could certainly be a draft pick next year if he can keep it up. Bullitt’s contribution may not seem particularly impressive just looking at the numbers, but his performance goes beyond simple statistics. Whether he’s making a play the backfield or covering receivers in the slot, Bullitt is everywhere on the field, all the time.
Statistics: 20 receptions, 281 yards, one touchdown.
Highlights: 47-yard catch and run vs. SFA, 31-yard catch and run vs. TCU.
There’s simply no stopping tight end Jace Amaro. TCU did the best job of slowing him down so far, but even then, he still caught a career-high nine balls for 97 yards. No player on this Tech team is more physically gifted than the 6’5″, 260 lb. junior. After playing only one full game and two halves, Amaro leads the Big 12 with 20 receptions and 6.7 receptions per game.