After nearly a week recovering in the hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez made a safe return to Lubbock. The junior was carted off the field during the team’s week three loss to N.C. State following a serious leg injury. Ramirez received loads of support from teammates and coaches. Head coach Joey McGuire, assistant coaches, and plenty of others were on hand Thursday afternoon to welcome him back to Lubbock at the airport.
In addition to his own teammates and coaches, N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren and some of his assistants paid the linebacker a visit while he was recuperating in North Carolina.
After redshirting in 2019, Ramirez saw limited action the following season. He spent most of the 2020 campaign as a backup and on the scout team. Last season Ramirez finally received more playing time, inserted for the most part on special teams. He played in four games and registered three tackles.
Entering this season with the likes of Colin Schooler and Riko Jeffers departing, Ramirez became one of the primary linebackers in this new-look defense. The junior was also one of four Red Raider walk-ons given a scholarship before the year. Against Houston in week two, Ramirez had his best career game with three tackles, all solo.
For Ramirez, the leg injury all but ends his 2022 season and could be career-threatening. With the linebacking group down an emerging member, look for names like Bryce Robinson and Jacob Rodriguez to receive more playing time. The corps is led by three super-seniors in Krishon Merriweather, Kosi Eldridge, and Dimitri Moore, but depth at the position is key to this group’s success.
Losing a promising young player to a gruesome injury is never easy, but to see the amount of support from both Texas Tech and N.C. State during the week has been a joy to witness. Ramirez will look to continue to support his team from the sidelines the rest of the season as the team prepares to face rival Texas to kick off Big 12 play.