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.
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.