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Fans and cut-out fans, known as “ImpersonRaiders”, watch the action from the stands during the first half of the college football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders the Houston Baptist Huskies on September 12, 2020 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

LB Krishon Merriweather

There’s no question that the biggest loss Texas Tech sustained over the offseason was middle linebacker, Jordyn Brooks.  But it appears that his replacement is no slouch either.

In his Red Raider debut, JUCO signee Krison Merriweather was all over the field.  Making 12 tackles (7 solo and 0.5 for a loss), he was the Red Raiders’ top defensive player on the night…which, in all honesty, was like being the biggest squirrel in the forest.

All sarcasm aside though, the 6-foot, 240-pounder was all over the field and he gave us a sense that the linebacking corps was going to be in great shape with him patrolling the middle.

Merriweather entered the year with significant hype given that he was a JUCO All-American who led the nation with 154 tackles in 2019.  Now, he’s on pace for 120 tackles, which would be a tremendous total in this abbreviated season.

It was important for Merriweather to play well given that Arizona transfer Kolin Schooler did not play.  And moving forward, it will important that he continues to be productive so that defensive coordinator Keith Patterson can continue to utilize his other linebackers in creative ways.

On Saturday, that included putting senior Riko Jeffers at a defensive end position in pass-rush situations.  When Schooler returns, it’s going to add another weapon for Patterson to deploy and it’s all because Merriweather has proven ready to man the middle LB spot.

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