Aug 30, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; A Texas Tech Red Raiders cheerleader during the game against the Central Arkansas Bears at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Player Spotlight: Tevin Madison

There really wasn’t a whole lot you could take as a positive from last nights 42-35 win over Central Arkansas at Jones AT&T Stadium for the 2014 season opener. The defense was porous, Davis Webb threw two interceptions and Tech didn’t force a single turnover. One of the bright spots of the evening though was true freshman corner back Tevin Madison.

In his first collegiate start, Madison made some great pass break ups and even prevented a passing touchdown with a last second deflection in the end zone. In a game where there really were only a handful (if that) of players who made big plays (Bradley Marquez), Madison gave Red Raider fans something to talk about. He seems to have a great knack for tight coverage on receivers and got his hands on the ball several times last night.

With the secondary being one of the biggest question marks on this Texas Tech defense, the freshman from Fayette, Alabama gives corner backs coach Kevin Curtis and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt something to build on. We likely won’t see much action through the air against UTEP next Saturday night as they only passed for 116 yards or against Arkansas who is a ground and pound team, but Madison will need to continue to step up against Big 12 play this year.

He was truly one of the only bright spots on the defense on the opening weekend for the Red Raiders.

 

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