LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The bye week has come and gone for the Red Raiders and now they are focused on TCU. The biggest question heading into this game is the health status of freshman quarterback Alan Bowman.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury told the media that this (partially collapsed lung) is a new injury to him and that they are relying on medical staff for his timeline to return.
“We turn it over to them and get different opinions from different people and see when he’s ready to play and feels good feels healthy.”
Kingsbury went on to say, “We will see. He has been out there practicing. It is an interesting injury, that none of us have experience with it. So, we are kind of taking it day by day and we expect him to be back sooner than later.”
With or without Bowman, the Red Raider offense is gearing up to face one of the stingiest defenses in the Big 12.
TCU comes in ranked number one in pass defense and number one in total defense in the conference.
“Yeah, I think anytime you have a Gary Patterson coached defense. You know, that is what you are going to get. Very disciplined, you have to earn every yard, nothing is conceited,” said Kingsbury. “It is just impressive every year, no matter who the pieces are. He gets them playing hard and very disciplined style of football. They are really, really good on defense.”
Coming into the season, Coach Kingsbury harped on finishing games. But, in both losses this year, Texas Tech struggled to get going in the first half. So, what has the team done over the bye week to make sure that they start and finish the upcoming Thursday night match-up?
“You know, just talking about it,” Kingsbury said. “I think addressing the fast start and getting yourself ready to practice from stretch on. From the time you walk in the building, actually. So, I think that’s all you can do, is focus on it. It’s a night game on National TV, so we shouldn’t have any problems getting ready to go.”