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Texas Tech vs. West Virginia: Players of the Game

We’re getting to the part of the season where there really aren’t many newcomers anymore, so I think I’m going to change the “newcomer of the game” to “freshman of the game” to recognize some of the young guys on the team. I’m at least trying it out, I might switch it to something else at some point if it gets too repetitive. So just a heads up.

7-0 sure feels nice. So does that top ten ranking. Being this excited as a fan, I can only imagine how the players feel. I think they knew it was coming. Yesterday’s game had a different feel than games used to have. Last year it seemed as if once they were down, they stayed down. Yesterday? Oh no. Texas Tech wasn’t finished in the third quarter. They played a solid fourth quarter that got them the W. They proved themselves. With that said, let’s take a look at three guys who really took care of business.

Offensive player of the game: Jace Amaro. Amaro had nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. The last one came when it really mattered. I know he was listed as a midseason All-American, but where is he on the Mackey Award list? How is he not the best tight end in the nation? Amaro literally drags defenders with him instead of going down, and fans caught a glimpse of that yesterday. His stats, along with his blocks from yesterday, makes him my offensive player of the game.

Defensive player of the game: Will Smith…again. Smith has proven himself to be quite the linebacker. Yesterday, Smith had six solo tackles and assisted with three more. He got another sack, too. The 6’3 linebacker continues to be a huge asset to the Red Raider defense. Pete Robertson made himself a pretty little argument to get recognized, as well. He had five solo tackles and assisted with four more. And like Smith, Robertson also recorded a sack. The defense came to play yesterday.

Freshman of the game: Tanner Jacobson. Jacobson had nine solo tackles and forced a fumble. The freshman out of Southlake Carroll is proving himself to be just as productive as some of the seniors. Good things are in store for this defense.

There you have it, so what do you think? Is there someone else who you think is a player of the game? Let me know! Make sure to check back next Sunday to see the players of the game for the matchup with Oklahoma.

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