Texas Tech signee Connor Wilson won’t play college football because of an unspecified medical issue, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday.
“He’s been basically medical redshirted,” Kingsbury said. “That’s how that ended up going. He’ll still be attending Texas Tech, but he won’t be playing for us.”
That means Tech will honorWilson’s scholarship agreement, but he won’t count against the FBS limit of 85 scholarship players.
DALLAS– We’ll have more later today from Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and Red Raiders players during the afternoon breakout session at Big 12 football media days. Here are some quick highlights from Kingsbury’s time at the dais early Monday:
Dartwan Bush passed his first pro football test.
The former Texas Tech defensive end is being signed by the Dallas Cowboys, according to a Twitter post Tuesday by Dallas Morning News Cowboys writer Brandon George.
Bush was one of 15 players invited to try out at the Cowboys’ mid-May rookie minicamp, which took place the week after the NFL draft.
As a Tech senior last season, Bush was credited with 19 tackles, five tackles for loss, five quarterback pressures and three sacks.
Derreck Edwards, who ended spring practice as the top backup at flanker, is no longer on the Texas Tech football or track and field teams, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Friday.
Beal would not disclose a reason.
Edwards, who has two years of eligibility left, had 11 career catches for 146 yards and one touchdown. He also competed in four track meets this year and finished sixth in the triple jump at both the Big 12 indoor championships in March and the Big 12 outdoor championships in May.
Part of the marketing genius of the NFL's making the draft a three-day affair is that, after the first 32 picks are in on Thursday, there are plenty of household names -- all-Americans even -- still on the board to make Friday's coverage compelling.
One of those names will be Jace Amaro. The first round of the draft came and went without Texas Tech's unanimous All-America tight end being selected.
That wasn't a huge surprise. Of the most recent mock drafts I saw, probably more had Amaro as a second-round pick than a first-rounder.
Texas Tech’s search for a starting cornerback in March and April included several candidates, but not Jeremy Reynolds. Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said two months ago that Reynolds was eligible, but coaches were holding him out of spring practice to focus on priorities other than football.
“He’s handling academics right now,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He’s another guy that we’ll have that conversation after this semester and see where he’s at and see where we go with him.”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says he’s given former blue-chip signee Michael Starts a chance to return to the program, but didn’t sound as if fans should get their hopes up.
Starts, who played briefly for the Red Raiders during the 2012 season and quit the team not long after, stirred interest among Tech fans when he showed up at a spring practice in March.
“We’re working through it,” Kingsbury said. “I think he’s got some academic stuff he’s got to handle, but I’m not opposed to that totally. So we’ll see how it plays out.”
No final determination’s been made on Tech wide receiver Peyton Williams’ future, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, but whether he plays again remains cloudy because of knee injuries.
Williams underwent knee surgery as a high school senior in January 2012, signed with Colorado and then transferred to Tech in January 2013. He later suffered another knee injury.
Texas Tech released its post-spring football depth chart on Monday, and you can check it out below. Here are 13 thoughts on how the two-deep shakes out as the Red Raiders start looking toward summer.
■ You might notice the spelling of offensive tackle Reshod Fortenberry’s first name has changed. Apparently, that’s the proper spelling, but the big fellow never bothered to correct anybody or any program that spelled it the more conventional way. By any name, Fortenberry’s a guy the Red Raiders are thrilled to have back for another year.
Former Ohio State linebacker Mike Mitchell, a Texan who was one of the nation’s top recruits in 2013, attended the Texas Tech spring game Saturday, a source confirmed.
Mitchell signed with Ohio State in 2013, redshirted last season and then decided to transfer back closer to home. He has not committed to any school after being given permission in February to contact other programs. He attended Plano Prestonwood Christian.