Coach’s kid shows poise

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Jared Barnett will make his first college start Saturday in Lubbock, a little more than 300 miles from his hometown of Garland, Texas.

“Right now, I’m in need of 12 (tickets), but we’ll see how it goes the rest of the week,” Barnett said Monday.

Upon hearing that Barnett would earn his first start at Texas Tech, most of the media’s questions Monday focused on his ability to handle pressure.

“The fact that he’s so inexperienced and remains so calm is a little bit surprising,” Rhoads said.

Everyone has raved about Barnett’s poise. There is something about the make-up of a coaches’ son and Barnett is that.

Barnett was listed fourth string on the spring depth chart, but Rhoads said at the time separation between the candidates wasn’t that great. Many thought it was coach-speak. Six months later, Barnett will get his first start since high school.

This week it’s a new challenge as he practices as the starter.

“It’s easier to be the relief pitcher and give that spark,” Rhoads said. “Now, he’s got to go out and do it as the starting quarterback.”

Barnett concurred with his coach.

“Continuous improvement,” Barnett said about his on-going goal. “The biggest thing is having the right mindset.”

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