Chris Payne continues to be a regular presence around the Texas Tech football building, though it remains to be seen whether he ever returns from injury and helps the Red Raiders.
Position: Defensive tackle Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 275 Class-Exp.: Jr.-1L High school: Norcross, Ga. Last year: Alston joined the team in the summer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
While the offense has many aspects yet to be proven, the defense is solid. The Sooners have the best front seven in the Big 12
Here's the projected depth chart at each position and a look at the unknowns at each position group.
Position: Offensive tackle Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 270 Class-Exp.: Fr.-HS Last year: Murphy was credited with 54 pancake blocks and 68 knockdowns for his Belton team that finished 2-8.