Texas Tech held its media session Monday.
A few notes from the session and from the UND-Texas Tech game, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday:
- Taylor Potts takes over for Graham Harrell as the new Tech quarterback. Harrell threw 626 passes last season, completing 442 for 45 touchdowns. Potts is a 6-5, 218-pound junior who some believe is the most gifted physically of all the quarterbacks to play at Tech under Mike Leach.
- Michael Crabtree is gone. But his replacement, Detron Lewis, should turn heads, according to Tech players. Lewis, in a secondary role to Crabtree last year, caught 76 passes for 913 yards and 3 touchdowns. Said senior Tech cornerback Jamar Wall: "(Lewis) is the spitting image of Crabtree. We used to get them confused because of the way they acted and the way they moved." Just what UND wants to hear five days away from its game at Tech.
- UND will take 60 players to Tech. The team charter leaves Friday morning. The Sioux will practice at AT&T Jones Stadium at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
- By some media accounts, the game will be sold out. The stadium holds 53,000. The game is not scheduled to be televised.
- Tech is inexperienced in the secondary. The Red Raiders will start a redshirt freshman at free safety and a junior at strong safety. Neither has game experience.
- The forecast for Saturday in Lubbock calls for a high temperature of 89 degrees. Lubbock is coming off a recent stretch of 17 straight days with temperatures 93 degrees or higher.
- Tech QB Potts on his receivers: "We did lose Crabtree but we did take a step forward this year. We have a lot more depth at the receiver position. We have two or three good receivers at every position."