Kent Hance once told a joke about some fellow supervising an offseason football stadium project. Asked if the work would be completed in time for the opener, he answered with a question: “Is it a day game or a night game?”
No such worries on Texas Tech’s north end zone development, apparently, at least as far most people will be able to tell.
Texas Tech had two freshmen start at linebacker at different times last season, and that could be the case again this year.
Jordyn Brooks, a 6-foot-1, 243-pound freshman from Houston Stratford, and graduate transfer Luke Stice from the University of Houston are vying for the job at weak-side linebacker. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after Tuesday’s workout Brooks could start.
“I’m not sure if he will,” Kingsbury said, “but I would not bet against it, particularly as the season goes on. He’s got that type of ability.”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he’s seen enough from Joseph Wallace to know the freshman defensive tackle from Dallas Skyline will get some playing time this season.
“He’s been having a heck of a camp,” Kingsbury said after Monday's workout. “Explosive. Still figuring out how to do it, but he fires off the ball and he’ll definitely be playing for us this year.”
It’s the second time in the past week Kingsbury’s spoken highly of Wallace.
Redshirt freshman Madison Akamnonu has taken the lead at Texas Tech's vacant left guard position, Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday, a spot that began a week ago as a four-man competition.
Coaches consider left tackle Baylen Brown, center Tony Morales, right guard Justin Murphy and right tackle Terence Steele cinches to start.
Texas Tech’s preseason practices and scrimmages are closed to the public and media.
But if you’d been at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday, you might’ve liked what you saw from Keenon Ward and Keke Coutee apparently.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said the senior safety from Snyder and the sophomore inside receiver from Lufkin were the players of the day during the scrimmage.
Defensive end Kaleb Hill, who transferred from Boise State, and defensive back Willie Sykes, who transferred from Arkansas, both are on Texas Tech’s 105-man preseason roster.
Sykes is a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore from Spring. Hill is a 6-1, 227-pound sophomore from Schertz Clemens. Sykes got into 12 games last year and was credited with nine tackles. He played safety in 2015, and moved to cornerback during the Razorbacks’ spring practice.
Lightning in the area delayed the start of Texas Tech’s first preseason practice for 40 minutes Monday. The Red Raiders were scheduled to go at 4 p.m. and were pushed back to 4:40 p.m.
“Looking forward to that indoor, for sure,” Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said afterward. “I guess that’s about three times this summer we’ve been affected, but it’s part of it. I thought our kids handled it well.”
Texas Tech's Houston Miller posted a photo Monday on Twitter of a mattress in front of his locker with the words, “Why go back to your room when you can just sleep at the facility?”
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was unaware if the freshman defensive end actually slept in the locker room at the Tech Football Training Facility the night before practice started, but doesn’t mind if he did.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury sported a new look at his post-practice press conference Monday, donning a wide-brimmed hat.
“Lots of sun damage,” he said. “Needed to keep the youthful exuberance. Had to protect it (the face).”
Kingsbury seldom wears anything atop his head and only a visor when he does. He said he put on the hat on a recommendation.
When Texas Tech started spring practices March 5, coaches initially put Terence Steele at left tackle and Madison Akamnonu at right tackle with the idea it could change. They quickly reversed the two redshirt freshmen: Akamnonu has spent most of the first six workouts at left tackle, but that’s no criticism of Steele’s work, based on Kliff Kingsbury singling him out again Thursday.