Doege Displays True Leadership Qualities Entering 2012|
Senior quarterback Seth Doege enters the 2012 season as a true leader among the Red Raiders.
Aug. 30, 2012
by Britton Drown
Eric Ward has never played alongside a teammate quite like Seth Doege before. The junior receiver simply laughed and shrugged the question aside when asked if there had ever been anyone that he has shared the football field with comparable to the his senior quarterback.
"No," Ward, a Wichita Falls native who led the Red Raiders with 800 yards receiving last season, said. "I've never had anyone that cares so much about winning like he does."
"It was just a way that I could express to everybody on the team on a personal level how I felt about them." Doege said.
It took the senior three days to complete the letters. He discussed summer workouts, his role as a leader, and perhaps most importantly the bond he felt with them and how that needed to transpire into a successful 2012 season. Midway through the summer Ward received his letter from Doege, and while the mode of inspiration may have surprised him a bit, the message did not.
"He feels that is expected of him," Ward said. "For him to take it into action though says a lot about him. For him to take the time out of his day to write every single person a letter, that just shows you how dedicated he is to the team. He wants everybody to be dedicated to the team as well."
For Doege, he said it came natural. With a season of experience, he assumes the role of both a senior amongst his teammates, and as the quarterback of a team looking to bounce back after a disappointing 5-7 season.
"I think that it always falls on the quarterback," Doege said. "Especially now that it's my second year, it's a lot easier to communicate and explain what we are trying to do and all of the things that can make us better."
Through 12 starts in the 2011 season, Doege grew immensely as a player on the field and as a leader inside the locker room. He led Tech to arguably the biggest upset of the year when the Red Raiders walked out of Memorial Stadium with a 41-38 win over top-ranked Oklahoma while snapping the Sooners' nation-leading 39-game home winning streak that dated back to 2005.
Now, with the 2012 season beginning Saturday, Doege is set to guide the Red Raiders back into the postseason.
And it goes without saying doing that will take a leader.
"He has done a great job," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He did a great job last year. He's really grown up in a year's time."