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.
IRVING -- Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman rankled Texas Tech’s side late in the first half of Baylor's 48-46 victory Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Oakman and Bears end Brian Nance sandwiched Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes for a sack on a third-and-10 play. Then with Mahomes still on his back, Oakman put a knee in Mahomes’ face as players unpiled.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury pleaded his case to officials to no avail.
Texas Tech center Tony Morales is expected to make another comeback attempt, offensive line coach Lee Hays said, after missing this season with a knee injury.
“He’ll be here in the spring,” Hays said. “Looking forward to him practicing.”
Morales has been sidelined for the season each of the last four years with injuries suffered in the preseason. He will be a senior next year.
“Kid’s got heart,” Hays said.
Texas Tech interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith doesn’t know where Mike Mitchell will play next season.
He just knows the transfer from Ohio State will play — and expects him to play well.
“He’s going to be one of our best players on defense, obviously, but he’s going to be on the field,” Smith said Monday.
Smith recently started working Mitchell as a defensive end/outside linebacker. Mitchell spent the first two months practicing at inside linebacker. He might well end up there, considering Micah Awe will be the only returnee from a three-man rotation.
While Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington was rushing for a career-high 186 yards Saturday, freshman Justin Stockton had four carries for 4 yards. He kept up a pattern of either making big plays or not getting much at all.
Stockton’s broken nine runs of 15 yards-plus this season. But on 23 of his 48 carries, he’s gotten 2 or fewer yards, including 11 on which he’s been tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage.
It’s possible that no one from Texas Tech’s two-deep at safety during the first month of the season might be available for Saturday’s regular-season finale.
What a time to face the FBS’ highest-scoring offense, one that’s built on passing.
“It’s definitely a concern,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday. “We’ll see which one of those guys can get back and hopefully add some depth. When you go against a team with this type of firepower at (receiver) and you’re down some bodies at safety, it’s going to be a matchup problem.”