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Aggressive Texas Tech defense: positive light in Saturday's game

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One bright spot in the game was the aggressiveness of the Tech defenses in particular the play of junior college transfer Scott Smith. The junior defensive end had a monster game, with six total tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble. The coaching staff knew it wouldn't take long for the first year Red Raider to get going.

"You know Scott as we've all seen and you who have been at every game he's getting better and better," said Red Raider Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. "He gives us a pass rush when we don't get penetration because he's so tall. Our pass rush was in the area of pretty average tonight. You know we got sacks but we have to get more pressure on somebody on third downs. We gave them a few third downs conversions where we just did not get any pressure, but Scott does a good job getting his hands up because of his height and we usually put him in a situation where he is in the passing lanes. He is going to be a heck of a player for us."

"We voted him player of the game last week," said Red Raider Defensive Coordinator James Willis. "Each week you see him getting better and better. He causes a lot of bad plays, a lot of negative plays, got in the face of the quarterback a lot. Jarvis is another young one also who's really developing. He's got a knack for getting around the ball and if he gets his hands on the ball he'll catch it. Hats off to him, he's really getting better and I'm so proud of those two young men."

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