Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith says he expects seniors Branden Jackson and Pete Robertson to be the best pair of defensive ends in the Big 12 next season. Behind them, sophomore Gary Moore has shown up the best through three spring practices.
“Gary Moore’s probably been the most productive kid out there right now so far,” Smith said. “He’s just got to gain weight. He’s 7 feet tall and 200 pounds.”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said before spring that quarterback Patrick Mahomes would be at every spring football practice. A cold snap in Lubbock fouled that up.
Kingsbury said Wednesday that Mahomes will go with the Tech baseball team for this weekend’s series at Cal State Fullerton, causing him to miss the next football workout scheduled for Saturday — one that wasn’t on the original schedule.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said before the start of spring football practice that Davis Webb would be allowed to take part to the extent he felt comfortable, the expectation being that would be quite a bit.
So far, so good.
Kingsbury said Wednesday the junior quarterback had participated in all three of the Red Raiders’ spring football practices so far.
Texas Tech special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini said the competition to succeed kicker Ryan Bustin, who made a school-record 50 field goals, will be a four-man affair. The candidates are redshirt freshman Clayton Hatfield, senior Taylor Symmank, Air Force Academy Prep School transfer Michael Barden and a preferred walk-on to be named.
“It’s not going to be given to anybody,” Chiaverini said. “It’s going to be an open competition and that’s what it should be, because no one has earned the right to be that guy just yet.”
Former Dallas South Oak Cliff coach Emmett Jones started work this week in his new role as Texas Tech’s director of player personnel. It’s the second time Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has added aTexashigh school coach to his staff, the first being running backs coach Mike Jinks, who came from Cibolo Steele as a charter member in 2013.
“It’s definitely a trend that’s growing,” Jinks said. “It’s a huge get for us.”
Texas Tech’s mostly highly rated offensive line signee, Mesquite Horn’s Conner Dyer, was offered scholarships by the likes by national championOhioStateandOregon.
His first order of business might be putting on good weight. Though listed at 6-foot-4 and 276 pounds, Dyer has been weighing less than 270 lately, according to outside linebackers coach Trey Haverty, who recruited him.
Texas Tech officially announced its coaching staff assignments Wednesday in the midst of national signing day.
New defensive coordinator David Gibbs will coach safeties, which is no surprise given his career-long background overseeing defensive backs. Trey Haverty, who had been the safeties coach, will become outside linebackers coach, and newly hired Zac Spavital will have the title of linebackers coach.
ARLINGTON -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty said he felt good after the Bears' 48-46 victory Saturday against Texas Tech, but he was diagnosed with a mild concussion after a hit from Sam Eguavoen forced him out of the game in the third quarter.
“Everything went black when I tried to open my eyes,” Petty said. “Everything was kind of blurry.”
Robertson, who hit Petty under the chin, was flagged for roughing the passer. Petty’s health is key for Baylor, which finishes the regular season Saturday hosting No. 11 Kansas State.
ARLINGTON -- Senior kicker Ryan Bustin took over the Texas Tech career record for field goals by making his 49th and 50th on Saturday in a 48-46 loss to Baylor. He came into the game sharing the top spot with Alex Trlica.
However, Bustin missed a 50-yard field goal off the left upright just before halftime, which was costly in a 48-46 loss.
In the last month of the season, Bustin missed two extra points and a 29-yard field goal, as well as field-goal tries from 48 and 50 yards.
IRVING -- Texas Tech starting safeties J.J. Gaines (shoulder) and Keenon Ward (head) both missed Saturday's season finale against Baylor, as did top backup Jalen Barnes (head).
Usual cornerback starter Justis Nelson, himself returning from injury, started at Ward’s free safety spot and Derrick Dixon made his second start in a row at strong safety.
Linebacker Sam Eguavoen said Nelson had a full week of practice at safety, the position at which he started his Tech career.