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August 23, 2011

Notebook: OL bounces back

Defensive end Kindred Evans is one of several players that is walking the line between a redshirt season and immediate playing time. Tommy Tuberville has liked what he's seen from the true freshman, and Evans' performance in the coming days could determine his fate for the season.

"Kindred's doing good," Tuberville said. "He's a tall, lean guy that can make plays. He's still on the bubble in terms of whether we play him or not. A lot of that has to do with injuries, and we're going to practice him like he's going to play, and then we'll just see as we get into the season whether we actually do it or not."

Evans is glad that he's receiving recognition for his efforts.

"It feels pretty good, because I know a lot of people don't get recognition like that," he said. "I'm happy for it, and I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully they keep doing it."

O-LINE REBOUNDS

Tuberville was critical of the Red Raiders' offensive line on Monday, but noted on Tuesday that the unit had bounced back.

"I thought they responded well today," he said. "Still made some mistakes, but that's going to happen as much as we put pressure on them in practice with our first team defense and as much as we blitzed. I was encouraged.

"Yeah, you know they got called out, and when you get called out usually you find out what you're made of, whether you're going to step up and make plays. It's hard to play offensive line, especially in two-a-days. You're seeing different blitzes and stunts every day."

MCROY WILL BE VERSATILE

Tech will use speedster Ben McRoy in a variety of ways this fall. The sophomore from Florida logged 22 carries in 2010, and Tuberville hopes to see that number increase this season.

"He's going to be in the slot, playing receiver, running back," Tuberville said. "He's got a lot of speed and quickness. We've got to make sure we do get him the ball some in games. Last year we probably, in the season, didn't get it to him as much as we should have, but he turned the ball over, too. Coach (Neal) Brown's not going to play you if you turn the ball over."

MARQUEZ MOVING UP

True freshman receiver Bradley Marquez is quickly rising up the depth chart. The former Odessa (Texas) running back has easily transitioned to wide receiver, and is now getting some reps with the ones.

"Bradley Marquez is making a name for himself out here, running with the first team a little bit," Tuberville said. "I'm really excited about him."

Quarterback Seth Doege echoed Tuberville's praise and said that he enjoys being able to let loose when throwing to Marquez.

"He's super fast. He's probably one of the top three fastest guys we've got on the team," Doege said. "He's very explosive. He's fun to throw a deep ball to, cause you can throw it really high and he can just run under it. He's doing a good job. He's still learning, but we like his progress and we think he's going to help us.


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