Texas Tech’s first open session of spring football comes at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Red Raiders scrimmage at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland for the second year in a row.
“Last year really exceeded expectation,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday. “We pulled up and there were 7,000 people tailgating, a raucous crowd for our players. We were excited and really pleased with that event, so we’re really glad we get to do it again this year.”
Kingsbury said the team will scrimmage for about 100 plays.
Davis Webb will quarterback the first-team offense and Tanner Tausch, a walk-on transfer from Kilgore College, will quarterback the second team.
“And that’s about it,” Kingsbury said. “They should be pretty close to equal reps.”
Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said he wants his unit to be competitive.
“I know it won’t be clean all the way,” Wallerstedt said. “It (the play of the defense) is cleaner than it has been since we’ve been here. A lot of guys have been through this system now. I just want to see us run to the football, get off blocks and tackle well, the fundamental stuff.”
Throwing weight around
Davis Webb’s weight increase to 210 pounds is showing up in how the Tech quarterback throws the football, according to Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
“He’s really worked his lower body, and he’s throwing the ball tremendously so far,” Kingsbury said. “I think that’s the biggest thing is upper-body strength and lower-body strength and being able to put more zip on his throws.”
Defensive tackle Keland McElrath, limited at the start of spring drills by a stress fracture in his foot that dates to last season, is starting to get more work in practice.
“McElrath got on the grass for more reps today,” defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said after the sixth workout. “He ran with the (second team) and got a taste of what this offense can do to you as we’re trying to go fast and execute what we do.”
Welker comes to town
Former Tech star Wes Welker was in town on Monday and visited with the current Red Raiders. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury believes the Denver Broncos receiver gave the team an inspiring talk, though he did not hear it.
“I made all the coaches leave so he could have some real talk with the team,” Kingsbury said. “They could ask some real questions, because they tend to not ask the same questions when we’re in there. I’m not sure what he said, but it must have been pretty good. I heard them pretty fired up in there.”
Compiled by Don Williams