Tech legend Gabe Rivera dead at 57

Former Texas Tech standout defensive player Gabe Rivera died Monday, July 16, at the age of 57.


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Red Raider great Gabe Rivera passes at 57

Rivera was one of the greatest Red Raiders of all time

Texas Tech football great Gabe Rivera passed away last night at the age of 57. He is one of the few players in the Texas Tech ring of honor, and he was a very impressive football player. He not only was a great player but a great person.

Rivera was originally recruited to Texas Tech as a tight end and linebacker. He came in weighting 230 pounds and grew to 290 pounds when he switched positions to defensive tackle. “Señor Sack” was the nickname given to Rivera, he earned it by not only being the best defensive player on the team, but becoming one of the best in the country. He totaled over 300 tackles in his career to go along with 14 sacks and six fumble recoveries. He holds the most tackles be a defensive lineman in a single season in school history with 105.

1982 was a great year for Rivera, as he was named an All-American at defensive tackle. He not only earned that award, he was named the Southwest Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was on track to have a great NFL career and was even taken in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His career was tragically cut short by a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Señor Sack was still an active member of the community, volunteering his time when he could. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2014, he was inducted in the Ring of Honor at Texas Tech University, where his name will live in fame forever.

Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and the entire Texas Tech community in this extremely difficult time.

Source: Viva the Matadors

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Red Raiders in the MLB: Two players move to disabled lists, new minor league promotions emerge

How are Red Raiders doing in the MLB this week?

Chad Bettis – Colorado Rockies

Bettis still remains on the 10-day disabled list. He hasn’t appeared in a game since July 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bettis has a 5-1 record and a 5.10 ERA in 95.1 innings pitched.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco GiantsKelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Tomlin – Cleveland Indians

On July 9, Tomlin appeared for an inning against the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed two earned runs on two hits while walking one. Tomlin was placed on the 10-day disabled list before the July 10 game against the Reds because of a strained right hamstring. He holds a 0-5 record and a 6.98 ERA in 49 innings pitched.

Kelby Tomlinson – San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants recalled Tomlinson from the Sacramento River Cats on July 15 after optioning him to the River Cats on July 5. On Sunday, Tomlinson appeared against the Oakland Athletics at second base. He went 0-2 at the plate and is batting .217 for the Giants.

Daniel Coulombe – Oakland Athletics

Coulombe is on the 40-Man roster for the Oakland Athletics, but is still assigned to the Nashville Sounds minor league team. Since last week, Coulombe has appeared in one game for the Sounds, getting the win on the mound. In two innings, he allowed two earned runs on two hits, with no walks and one strikeout.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Oakland AthleticsStan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Ramos – New York Mets

Remains on the 60-day disabled list.

Nathan Karns – Kansas City Royals

Remains on the 60-day disabled list.

In other news:

Two former Red Raiders have already been promoted in the minor leagues. Zach Rheams, who was drafted by the New York Mets, has been moved to the Class A South Atlantic League team, Columbia Fireflies.

Michael Davis, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, was moved to the Class A team, Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Orlando Garcia helped his team to a victory on July 11. Garcia, who plays for the Augusta GreenJackets, hit a homerun in the top of the ninth inning to give the GreenJackets a 3-2 lead and keep them ahead to win the game.

Cody Farhat, who plays for the AZL Indians 1, was a big factor to his team winning in an unusual way on July 10. Farhat helped his team achieve an extra-inning walk-off win by getting hit by a pitch. The AZL Indians won 8-7 in 12 innings against the AZL Giants Black, which also happens to be the team Dylan Dusek is on.

Source: Viva the Matadors

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Who takes control of the nosetackle position?

Who replaces Mych Thomas at the nose tackle position?

There is now less than two weeks until the start of fall camp for the Red Raiders, and although 10 of the 11 defensive starters for the Red Raiders are returning, only one spot seems to remain open on the defensive side of the ball, nosetackle. Nosetackle is the most interior defensive lineman, and usually lines up over the offensive center. Last year, that spot was occupied by Mych Thomas, who has now graduated and moved on the NFL with the New York Jets. This leaves a huge hole at the center of a very strong defensive unit. So, who replaces Thomas in the middle? Here are the candidates.

#98 Nick McCann 6’2” 310 lbs Sophomore

McCann served as the primary backup for Thomas last season and appeared in 10 games. He recorded 5 tackles in that time as a backup. He comes in as the lineman most likely to get the nod at nosetackle first. McCann has the size and athleticism to plug up the holes he needs to on defense. Here he is last year returning a interception for a touchdown in the spring game.

#99 Preston Gordon 6’1” 280 lbs Senior

Gordon is one of the more interesting gets of the offseason for Coach Kingsbury as Gordon is a graduate transfer from Rice. He comes in with the most college experience as he was a starter and consistent player on the interior of the defensive line. He will be coming in and looking to immediately contribute to a defense that looks to take a huge step forward this year.

#97 Joseph Wallace 6’1” 315 lbs Sophomore

Wallace was reshirted last year and was a contributing member of the scout team. I believe that he is the dark horse to take this spot later in the season. He played in 8 games his freshman year in 2016, recording 10 tackles and 1 fumble recovery that year. He has two years in this system, so he is very knowledgeable on the defensive side of the ball and won’t have a huge learning curve getting back on the field.

All of these guys are very close in terms of size and ability, so starting out the season I believe that the nosetackle position will be shared by two or even all three of these guys. By the end of the season, I think Preston Gordon will have seized this position. He has the most experience out of any of these candidates and I think his experience will ultimately be what wins the coaching staff over and gets him the majority of the snaps this season.

Who do you think will take the majority of the snaps at the nosetackle position? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Tickets on sale for Wreck ‘Em Tech Athletics Breakfast

As a fall sports kickoff, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Wreck ‘Em Tech Athletics Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.


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Dakota Allen named to the Bednarik Award watch list

The senior linebacker is already on the nation’s radar.

After an impressive season that resulted in 101 tackles, three turnovers forced and two sacks, Dakota Allen continues to be recognized. Monday morning, Allen was named to the 2018 Bednarik Award watch list.

Allen is the first Red Raider named to this preseason watch list since Pete Robertson in 2015. Allen was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team last week and will continue to accumulate preseason honors. Being on the watch list in the preseason is futile until you can prove it on the field and with 10 starters returning on defense, Allen has the tools in place to make this a season to remember.

Source: Viva the Matadors

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Red Raider Ravioli: Tim Tadlock, the coach of the year

The baseball skipper won an important award, and it means a lot


Welcome to RRR’s latest edition. Today, I want to talk about a news that was disclosed on Thursday and that passed a little bit under the radar. The prestigious website chose Texas Tech’s baseball manager, Tim Tadlock, as the winner of their Coach Of The Year Award.

I particularly appreciated the words this website selected to open the article:

This is the right recognition for a coach that in few seasons brought this program to new heights, transforming it from something solid but unable to do the last step to a program that fights every year for (and often reaches) Super Regionals and World Series.

In addition, this is a way to award also the team, as you all certainly remember how the team had to manage the injury of his ace, Steven Gingery, who lasted less than one game before requiring Tommy John surgery (side note: the fact he was picked in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Cardinals despite the injury is a clear sign of the potential of this guy).

And I think this will help the recruitment process too, because when a player in the future will decide to commit to Texas Tech, he won’t commit to a rising program, but he’ll choose to play for a team that every year will aspire to the World Series, and that’s coached by the best manager in the nation.

Well done, Coach!

Alla prossima

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Tweet of the Week: Six more Saturdays and I’m losing my mind

Red Raiders have six more Saturdays left of no football and I can’t contain my excitement.

When this Tweet popped up on my timeline, I immediately began planning my next six Saturdays because no one is getting me away from my Red Raiders. We’ve lost some key players, but I’m unhealthily excited to see what the Red Raider coaching staff has been cooking up during off season. There will surely be a quarterback-off between McLane Carter and Jett Duffey. We have three all American Big 12 preseason defensive players and all five of our O line is coming back. Therefore, my TV and I are about to become best friends.

Will returning talent and a few interesting commits be enough to shake things up? Our preseason Big 12 ranks are fairly low, we have a lot of work to do clearly. We’re coming off the highs of our basketball and baseball season. Our first game is against Ole Miss and a quarterback position is up for grabs. In six Saturdays, the Red Raider fan base is about to get rowdy. Texas Tech tends to normally do pretty well preseason, will they finally keep their momentum this season? Last season I remember feeling so confident in my Red Raiders after our preseason games and was only left slightly disappointed. Getting to the red zone and figuring out how we can score with only 5 yards to go was on my Christmas list this past year. Having an offensive line work it out so our quarter back doesn’t have to constantly play out of pocket would be pretty rad as well. Even though I love bragging that we can play out of pocket, I just really don’t like having heart attacks.

My last wish is for Coach Kingsbury to change my mind about him. Maybe I’ll lose my voice less this season, maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll finally have a heart attack. Who knows?! This is the most anticipating season for me personally. I have high hopes for this team every year, this year is no different. Red Raiders, wrap up your summer plans and weekend adventures because the boys are coming back. I’m interested to see other fans positive outlooks for this up coming season. Let’s compare heart rates through out the season as well.

Source: Viva the Matadors

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Only Michael Barden days until Tech Football

The Tech kick-off specialist is looking to have another big year.

There’s now only 49 days until the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Today, we’re going to be talking about our number 49, Michael Barden. Barden is a senior placekicker that has also served as the team’s punter in the past. Last year, he served as the team’s main kickoff man and also stepped in to kick extra points and a handful of field goals while Clayton Hatfield was down with an injury.

Barden went to Austin Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. He originally committed to the Air Force Academy out of High School but came to Texas Tech instead. He was redshirted in 2014 and it paid off for him as he saw action in 8 games in 2015, hitting 19 of 19 extra points and 2 of 3 field goals.

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas TechMichael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

He has been in the forefront of the Texas Tech kicking game ever since as he was the team’s primary punter in 2016. He punted the ball 43 times and only 2 of those resulted in touchbacks. He also kicked the ball off 45 times, 31 of those ended up being touchbacks.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Arizona StateMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This past season, Barden served as the kick-off specialist, a role he will most likely play again this year. Last season, Barden kicked off 74 times, getting 40 touchbacks. He is a huge part of the Red Raiders’ special teams plan this year, and that is something that I and the rest of Red Raider Nation should be looking forward to.

What do you think of our special teams unit this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

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The Air Raid Podcast #128: The school of draft picks

Back like we never left! After a summer hiatus, the ARP is back in time to talk about all the Tech draft picks, and we introduce a new host.

What do Keke Coutee, Zhaire Smith and Grant Little all have in common? They’re all future big league professionals and have all impressed their teams already. With the amount of draft picks coming from Tech, just how many of them will see a long career?

Time to get back on the ARP train with Albie and Dylan.

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