Texas Tech’s football game against Houston in 2017 has been moved back a week to accommodate the recently announced addition of Arizona State to the schedule, a Tech spokesman said Tuesday.
Tech will host Arizona State on Sept. 16, 2017, and play at Houston on Sept. 23, 2017. The Houston game originally was set for Sept. 16.
The Red Raiders have room for one more non-conference opponent that season.
FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
Wyoming on Tuesday announced a future home-and-home football series with Texas Tech, though a Tech spokesman said the announcement is premature.
In a report on its athletic department website, Wyoming said the Cowboys will play at Texas Tech on Sept. 12, 2020, and said the Red Raiders would return to Laramie, Wyo., on Sept. 3, 2022.
Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said the dates in those seasons are an issue.
SAN DIEGO -- Offensive guard Beau Carpenter will be back in the starting lineup Monday, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Saturday, after he missed the last three games because of a concussion.
True freshman Baylen Brown started the last two games at Carpenter’s spot and left guard Alfredo Morales slid over to that position the game before with James Polk in the lineup at left guard.
SAN DIEGO -- Texas Tech flanker Bradley Marquez’s pass-catching numbers dropped off in the second half of the season, but Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury singled out Marquez when asked Saturday who’d impressed him during December Holiday Bowl practices.
“We’ve moved him around a little bit from the slot to the outside, and he’s had a great December,” Kingsbury said. “I expect him to have a really good game, and I expect Jakeem (Grant) to play a bigger role than he did in our last game.”
SAN DIEGO– The Holiday Bowl will match a former Texas high school coach with the son of a Texas high school coach. Arizona State coach Todd Graham, the former head coach at Allen, said he always pictured working his way up to the level he’s reached now.
SAN DIEGO– Texas Tech safety Tanner Jacobson will get the start in his final football game of the foreseeable future Monday in the Holiday Bowl. Safeties coach Trey Haverty said so after the team’s workout Friday night at UC-San Diego.
The freshman from Southlake Carroll is leaving the program at mid-term for a two-year Mormon mission toBolivia.
Former Texas Tech linebacker Bront Bird, now of the San Diego Chargers, was a visitor to the Red Raiders’ practice Thursday night at UC-San Diego. So was former coach Rick Neuheisel, now a TV analyst.
Neuheisel visited after the workout with Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Bird, in his second year in the NFL, has 28 tackles this season. The Chargers (8-7) host the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, and then Bird's alma mater plays at Qualcomm the following night.
SAN DIEGO-- Texas Tech hasn’t played a football game in four weeks, and the down time has helped several injured defensive players heal.
Safety Tre Porter and linebacker Terrance Bullitt both have had their casts removed, co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith said after Thursday night’s practice at UC-San Diego, Porter for a dislocated thumb and Bullitt for a broken hand.
Both ended the regular season playing with padded casts.
SAN DIEGO -- Texas Tech backup linebacker Austin Stewart is not with the team in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl, an athletic department spokesman said Thursday.
Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said it "was a coaches' decision to leave him behind."
The news came hours before the Red Raiders' first on-site practice for Monday's game against No. 16 Arizona State (10-3). The Red Raiders work out at 8:45 p.m. CST Thursday at UC-San Diego.
Sophomore lineman Tony Morales could return to practice next week, offensive line coach Lee Hays said, after missing the regular season with a torn shoulder labrum.
When Morales comes back, he’ll be one of the several players scheduled to get time at center. In addition to starter Jared Kaster, Hays has given — or plans to give — work snapping to Baylen Brown, Alfredo Morales, Tony Morales and Joey White, the latter a walk-on transfer from Sam Houston State.
All five also play guard.
Hays says he doesn’t want to get caught short at center.