Here’s some news and notes from this week’s press conference:
- After suffering what head coach Kliff Kingsbury calls a “deep bruise” in fourth quarter vs. TCU, quarterback Baker Mayfield will start Saturday against Texas State.
- When asked about DeAndre Washington dropping the ball just before scoring late in the fourth quarter vs. TCU, Kingsbury said the official policy after scores is, “hand it (the ball) to the official.”
- Kingsbury also asked about the conspicuous absence of Eric Ward Thursday night: “Eric Ward is a guy who I did a bad job of getting the ball to that week but he played his butt off blocking every play. The effort was there, he didn’t get frustrated, he’s a team player.”
- Inside receiver and punt returner SaDale Foster is nursing a calf strain and might not play this week.
- Junior offensive lineman Beau Carpenter is still day-to-day with an ankle injury.
- Kingsbury said sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer might be eased back into practice during the bye-week following Texas State.
- Sophomore Taylor Symmank won the punting job over a healthy fifth-year senior Ryan Erxleben, who started the previous two games. “We have every confidence in Erxleben, and he’s been solid around here,” Kingsbury said, “but Taylor is a special talent and he earned that playing time.”
- Left tackle Le’Raven Clark and outside linebacker Terrance Bullitt named players of the week by the coaches.
- Saturday’s game with Texas State is the Celebrate Cotton game and Tech athletics asks the sellout crowd to wear white in support of the South Plains fiber industry.