Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he expects wide receivers Bradley Marquez and Javon Bell, both of whom ended last season injured, to take part in spring workouts that start Friday.
“They should be going,” Kingsbury said this week.
Marquez is coming off a knee injury that knocked him out after six games last season, and Bell is coming back from a broken foot that put him on the shelf after the fifth game. Before getting hurt, Bell caught 17 passes for 269 yards and Marquez 16 for 172.
“They’ve been coming along,” Kingsbury said. “I think both should be ready for spring ball, which is should be great, because that’s a lot of speed. They’re two talented players. We’re excited about those two guys getting back in the mix.”
Kingsbury said some players who were injured last season might be practicing on a non-contact basis. Offensive guard Alfredo Morales might be among them. Morales suffered a shoulder injury late in the season against Oklahoma State and had surgery in December.
“We’re going to get as much out of him as we can,” Kingsbury said. “He’s really come a long way and looks good. We’ll get as much out of him as we can and be careful with him at the same time.”
Not counting the high school recruits Tech signed in February, the Red Raiders have only 10 scholarship offensive linemen on campus. In addition to Morales, sophomore tackle Matt Wilson missed last season with a torn knee ligament.
“The numbers of the O-line are a concern, just from sheer depth-wise,” Kingsbury said, “so hopefully those guys will be back soon.”