Texas Tech’s starting duo at inside linebacker figures to shake out one of two ways: with senior Sam Eguavoen at middle linebacker and senior incoming transfer V.J. Fehoko at weak inside or with Eguavoen at weak inside and junior Micah Awe in the middle.
“It’s going to be a three-linebacker rotation regardless,” Eguavoen said. “I’m going to be playing both, circling around.”
In Tech’s scheme, the weak inside linebacker plays to the tight side of the field and the middle linebacker to the wide side, making speed and range more important from the latter.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma State battle each other every other year in Lubbock and Stillwater.
More and more, the Red Raiders and the Cowboys might be squaring off in places like Lufkin and Tyler. Oklahoma State sees East Texas as a prime recruiting territory, and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has made it a priority, too.
Does it have potential to be a battleground?
DALLAS -- Bill Snyder has coached in 15 bowl games in his last 18 seasons asKansasStatecoach, but said he’s never had a team prepare better than the Wildcats did before their 31-14 victory againstMichiganto end last season.
“I cannot recall a preparation that was as pleasing to me as the one that took place this past season,” Snyder said Tuesday at Big 12 media days.
The Wildcats beatMichigan31-14 at the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl. K-State quarterback Jake Waters seemed taken aback by Snyder’s praise.
Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield made a good first impression at his new home atOklahoma, according to Sooners coach Bob Stoops.
Mayfield transferred to OU at mid-term after starting seven games and passing for 2,315 yards for the Red Raiders. In the Sooners' spring game, he completed all nine passes he threw.
DALLAS– Kliff Kingsbury’s watch that stirred up an internet buzz after his Monday appearance at Big 12 football media days was given to him as a gift several years ago, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Tuesday.
The website Deadspin posted a story Monday calling Kingsbury’s timepiece “probably fake” and suggested it was a roughly $100 replica of a limited edition watch that retails for more than $100,000.
DALLAS -- Asked what Texas Tech freshmen signees had caught their eye in summer workouts, senior linebacker Sam Eguavoen touted cornerback Tevin Madison and senior wide receiver Bradley Marquez talked up running back Justin Stockton.
“He’s someone that has a lot of speed and can help us immediately at running back,” Marquez said Monday at Big 12 media days. “He’s one of the fastest guys on the team since he stepped on, and he shows it.”
DALLAS -- Texas Tech’s much talked about idea of putting newcomer Dominique Robertson at left tackle and Le’Raven Clark at a guard spot is moving forward – at least for August.
“It’s pretty set in stone,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday during Big 12 media days. “Unless something happens before camp, that’s how it’ll start out. Dom’s looked good. There’ll be a learning curve with him learning the offense, but he’s looked good. He’s got the size, and I know Le’Raven feels very comfortable moving inside.”
Not that Kliff Kingsbury ever lacked confidence to coach quarterbacks, but he’s probably only more so after what Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield did last year. As true freshmen, the two passed for 5,033 yards and 32 touchdowns between them, one being offensive freshman of the year in the Big 12 and the other offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl.
Texas Tech will wear throwback jerseys for a Sept. 13 home game againstArkansasthat
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury described as “Zach Thomas era,” meaning a look from the mid-1990s.
“It’ll be a good look,” Kingbury said. “They’ve got kind of a new spin on them, but it’s a traditional throwback look.”
Tech wore both scarlet tops and black tops when Thomas played from 1992-95. Kingsbury said the throwbacks will be black.
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.