Texas Tech football players Derreck Edwards and Dee Paul are two-sport athletes at the moment, and both scored points at the two-day Big 12 indoor track and field championships that concluded Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Edwards got sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches. The winning jump was 51-2 1/4 by Baylor sophomore Felix Obi, a former El Paso Franklin standout who competed in Lubbock at regional in high school.
Paul,who won 11 state-meet gold medals at Munday High School, was part of the Tech 1,600-meter relay team that finished fifth. Joseph Richards III, Kyle Collins, Paul and Dwayne Extol got the baton around in 3 minutes, 13.40 seconds. Texas won in 3:09.47.
Edwards and Paul both start spring football practice with the Red Raiders on Wednesday. Edwards is one of multiple candidates to fill the position left open by Eric Ward.
Paul starts spring as a backup to Justis Nelson at a cornerback position. We'll have more on that in Monday's A-J media editions.
Paul missed most of last season with a hamstring injury. Tech plans to appeal on Paul's behalf for a medical hardship waiver that would restore his freshman-season status; however, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Friday the paperwork has not yet been filed.
That means Paul is a sophomore in terms of football eligibility this spring.