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Red Raiders wary of SMU defense

Coach Kliff Kingsbury at media day Coach Kliff Kingsbury at media day

Texas Tech football held its first weekly press conference Monday morning, as coach Kingsbury and Seniors Kerry Hyder and Bradley Marquez, fielded questions from the media about Friday night's Week 1 matchup with SMU.

There was nothing new on the quarterback front as Kingsbury stayed consistent with what he's been telling the media the last couple weeks, it'll be a game-time decision. Neither player seemed worried about the mystery surrounding the quarterback spot, as both players reassured their confidence in both freshmen Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield.

The real concern centers around Tech's opponent. The Mustangs return the majority of a defense that set numerous school marks a season ago, including tying the NCAA record with eight interception returns for a touchdown, and ranked third in the country in total takeaways with 37. With inexperience at quarterback, Kingsbury knows how big a challenge Friday night will be.

"Defensively, Coach Mason's an incredible defensive coordinator," Kingsbury said. "He's always giving us problems with his schemes. You look at the numbers he has last year and the takeaways and the turnovers, it's been like that since he got there. For a young quarterback, that concerns you because you want him to be able to take care of the ball."

They're a great defense, coached very well, and play fundamentally sound," wide receiver Bradley Marquez said. " They play with great technique and everything. They're not going to beat themselves, so we're definitely going to have to go out there and execute our plays."

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