In case you missed any of the big stories, here’s a recap of all the headlines from Raiderland this week:
Baker Mayfield No Longer a Red Raider
Visit Tech athletics’ official roster on their website and you’ll notice Mayfield’s name is no longer listed. That’s because the true freshman from Lake Travis, Texas, who started seven games for the Red Raiders this season, is no longer a member of the football team, effective yesterday (according to Tech SID Blayne Beal).
Mayfield called the situation a result of “miscommunication” with the coaching staff. The timing of his decision, coupled with fellow QB Clayton Nicholas’ similar choice, leaves coach Kingsbury with two serviceable options at quarterback for the upcoming Holiday Bowl against Arizona State on Dec. 30.
All-Big 12 Teams Feature Five Red Raiders
Tight end Jace Amaro was, of course, a unanimous first team choice (AP, Coaches, Broadcasters); Linebacker Will Smith (AP first team, Broadcasters first team); Receiver Eric Ward (AP second team, Broadcasters second team); Defensive lineman Kerry Hyder (AP second team, Coaches second team, Broadcasters first team); Offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark (AP first team, Coaches second team, Broadcasters second team).
Baker Mayfield, now former Tech QB, was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by league coaches. His cohort, Davis Webb, received the same honor from the Big 12 Broadcasters.
Jace Amaro Piles up the Awards
In addition to All-Big 12 honors, as of today, Amaro is well on his way to earning consensus All-American status. USA Today Sports, the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, Athlon Sports and Bleacher Report have all named Amaro to their respective All-American teams. Walter Camp and Sporting News are two of the five organizations the NCAA recognizes when awarding consensus All-American status. Amaro needs to make just one more team from either the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association or the Football Writers Association of America.
Additionally, Amaro was named the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Year, for which he received this sweet trophy.
Sonny Cumbie Rumors Swirling
No confirmation from Tech athletics yet, but various reports from various sources indicate that Co-Offensive Coordinator Sonny Cumbie will join the TCU football staff in Fort Worth. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury declined to offer any real comment on the news during his press conference this afternoon, stating that he has yet to sit down and speak with Cumbie about it.
Kingsbury Speaks with Media, Doesn’t Say Much
Speaking of Kingsbury’s presser, he did talk with the gathered Lubbock media this afternoon at the football training facility. Topics covered include:
No comment regarding coach Cumbie.
No idea what happened with Baker Mayfield.
Said Jace Amaro hasn’t made a decision about the NFL draft yet.
Hasn’t decided who will be third-string QB in the bowl game.
Hasn’t named a starting QB for the bowl game yet.
Thanks for the info, coach. He did, however, say that senior cornerback Bruce Jones, who suffered a scary head injury during the Texas game, has returned to practice and will be ready for the Holiday Bowl.
Dec. 14 – Winter Commencement, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Dec. 30 – Holiday Bowl: Tech vs. Arizona State, San Diego, Cali.
Feb. 5 – National Letter of Intent Signing Day