Pirtle: TCU expected to have best special teams unit in Big 12  updated 8:33pm

10. Kansas The Kansas special-teams unit is mediocre. Senior Trevor Pardula was the Big 12's third-leading punter last season with a 43.7-yard average, although junior Eric Kahn punted all four times in KU's spring game for an average of 39.5 yards.

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Red Raiders getting bigger and - they hope - better 07/24/14 - 6:14pm

Several Tech players gain weight to bulk up defensive line

When Texas Tech was giving up an average of 282 rushing yards per game last year during a five-game losing streak, a lack of bulk in the front seven was viewed by many as part of the problem.

Texas Tech Football Roster 07/24/14 - 6:07pm

YouTube has helped Tech target Bates develop 07/24/14 - 9:31pm

Living in Kaplan, a 4,600-person town in southern Louisiana, has limited the depth of coaching Jalen Bates receives. He's been taught to hit opponents, to hustle, to be physical.

Red Raider football notebook: Texas Tech, Oklahoma State square off for recruiting territory 07/23/14 - 9:53pm

Kingsbury, Gundy both say East Texas a hot spot for recruits

Texas Tech and Oklahoma State battle each other every other year in Lubbock and Stillwater. More and more, the Red Raiders and the Cowboys might be squaring off in places like Lufkin and Tyler.

Pirtle: Big 12 top offensive linemen: Tech's Clark leads Red Raiders' line 07/23/14 - 6:26pm

The Big 12 is known as an offensive league with air raid offenses and hard-nosed run attacks. While the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs get all the credit, the offensive linemen are actually responsible for their success.

Recruiting notebook: Former Tech CB Dee Paul will transfer to Tarleton State 07/23/14 - 7:37pm

Former Texas Tech cornerback Dee Paul has found a new home. After leaving the football team last week, Paul has decided to transfer to Tarleton State. He recorded one tackle in three games in his lone season with the Red Raiders.