Red Raiders out of the blocks with first preseason practice

Texas Tech went through its first workout of the preseason Monday in pleasant early evening conditions. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury reiterated that an NCAA rule change allowing coaches to provide two hours of weekly instruction to players makes a difference.

“It was good, spirited,” Kingsbury said. “We moved around pretty good. We can tell this summer, being able to meet with them really helped. They were following along a lot better than last year. That’s encouraging.”

Kingsbury said the first practice of 2014 was “much smoother” than last year’s.

“The young guys knew what they were doing a little bit more,” Kingsbury said. “Good energy. We’ve got to clean things up, but not a bad first day.”

Since signing day, much of the anticipation for Tech’s recruiting class centers on four junior-college defensive line transfers. Tech isn’t making those players available to the media, probably for several weeks, Beal said.

They’ll be talked about, even if they can’t speak publicly.

Asked if he had seen potential in 6-foot-2, 348-pound noseguard Rika Levi, offensive line coach Lee Hays said, “Oh, have I. My little freshmen (offensive linemen) saw it, too.”

Levi, defensive end Brandon Thorpe (6-3, 277) and noseguard Marcus Smith (6-3, 302) all are on the team for the first time. Defensive tackle Keland McElrath (6-4, 312) was with the team in spring practice.

 

“They’ve moved around well,” Kingsbury said. “I thought just bigger bodies, which helps. More size.”

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