Kingsbury puts a number on hit rate needed for JC defensive linemen

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said all four of the team’s new junior-college defensive linemen are on campus. And he’s greedy about the number he expects to deliver.

Asked how many of the four the Red Raiders need to hit on, Kingsbury said, “I’d say all four need to play. We found out last year playing in this league, we need to be able to rotate more bodies through with these fast-tempo offenses. We weren’t, and that hurt us in the run game a bunch.

“All four of these guys are going to have to play, and play right away.”

Keland McElrath (6-4, 312) from Coahoma (Miss.) Community College went through spring practice, albeit with a foot injury. The summer arrivals are Marcus Smith (6-3, 305) and Brandon Thorpe (6-5, 275), teammates from Highland (Kan.) Community College, and Rika Levi (6-2, 379) from College of San Mateo (Calif.).

 

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