One of Texas Tech’s key veteran defensive players is expected to miss the entire 2018 season. Cornerback Octavious Morgan injured his leg in practice over the weekend and Kliff Kingsbury appeared to confirm the worst on Tuesday night when speaking to the media.
“It doesn’t look good for Octavious. It’s a lower leg injury and I don’t expect him to be back any time soon,” Kingsbury said. When followed up by being asked if he thought Morgan would be out for the season, the head coach responded. “If I had to guess, that would probably be it, yea.”
Kliff on Octavious Morgan’s Status (question being asked but not heard from none other the @AJ_DonWilliams who also reported earlier today I have not been tweeting enough) #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/FFfzH12g0T
— Baillie Burmaster (@bayburmTV) August 15, 2018
Morgan played in 11 games last season after transferring from Butler Community College and played in all 13 games, totaling 41 tackles on the season. While he didn’t have any interceptions, he led the team with eight pass break ups. His three pass break ups against TCU marked the most by a Red Raider in a game last season.
This is a tough blow for Kingsbury, who needs his defense to play up to expectations to reach a bowl game and possibly keep his job beyond this season. Kingsbury was rated by Vegas oddsmakers this week as a coach who could be one of the first to go this season.
The Red Raiders do have a solid stable of cornerbacks with Justus Parker, Damarcus Fields and Douglas Coleman, but regardless, in a season where Texas Tech can’t afford any setbacks, they’ve already got one to deal with in mid-August.