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October 17, 2013

Weekly Review: West Virginia

Texas Tech is now No. 16 in the country and on the way to West Virginia for a challenging BIg 12 road game as well as the,program's first game ever in that state. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In case you haven't been glued to RedRaiderSports.com all week, let us catch you up to speed.

Injury news

• Quarterback Baker Mayfield, the starter through Tech's first five games of the season, was spotted participating in practice Tuesday with full pads. He suffered a knee injury against Kansas, but the MRI came back negative when doctors looked for structural damage. Kingsbury says the true freshman walk-on's situation is day-to-day.

• Receiver Jakeem Grant is questionable after suffering an apparent head injury last week.

• Place kicker Kramer Fyfe is questionable.

• Starting strong safety J.J. Gaines is questionable.

• Defensive tackle Dartwan Bush is doubtful after sustaining a leg injury against Iowa State.

Roster news

SaDale Foster said the coaching staff is strongly considering replacing him at punt return.

• Foster is Grant's backup if Grant can't go Saturday. Foster caught two passes for 17 yards last week and had 87 yards on the ground.

• True freshman Tanner Jacobson will most likely start at strong safety if Gaines isn't available. Jacobs has seen quite a bit of playing time this year between Gaines' minor injuries.

• Tyler Symmank did the kickoffs last week in the absence of Fyfe.

Five Red Raiders to watch

LB 7 Will Smith
The senior linebacker has been on a tear this season with a team leading 38 tackles in addition to 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Smith can help the Red Raiders put a lid on an already shaky Mountaineer passing game simply by getting pressure on the quarterback(s).

TE 22 Jace Amaro The big tight end has impressed all season and is a nice security blanket for Tech's two freshmen quarterbacks. He's now the third leading receiver in the Big 12 behind Baylor's Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese. West Virginia didn't match up very well with him last year and look like they'll have similar issues this weekend.

RB 34 Kenny Williams Tech's running game has taken positive steps in the past two weeks, highlighted by 255 yards against Iowa State with Williams, Foster and DeAndre Washington each adding more than 80 yards apiece. The running backs could give the Red Raiders a big lift versus a team that averages 208 yards against per game.

Kerry Hyder The senior defensive end has been dominant this season at the line of scrimmage, recording a team high nine tackles for loss through six games. If Hyder gets penetration, he's going to be tough for West Virginia running back Charles Sims to get past.

LB 10 Pete Robertson[/db] This outside linebacker is emerging as one of the team's emotional leaders and always has a good time talking with opposing student sections. Robertson is expected to perform well in this game, but watch to see how Robertson impacts the entire defense with his energy.

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