By: Don Williams on September 7, 2015 - 1:04pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech split end Devin Lauderdale provided a lot of sizzle in the season opener, catching eight passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The catches and yards were career highs, and the touchdowns total matched a career high.

When fans weren’t watching Lauderdale, though, he was subpar, offensive coordinator Eric Morris said.

By: Don Williams on September 7, 2015 - 12:37pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb finds himself in a difficult spot based on Patrick Mahomes’ emergence. Webb has 14 career starts and 44 touchdown passes, but no easy route to playing time.

By: Don Williams on September 7, 2015 - 12:25pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Monday that defensive tackle Josh Outlaw is no longer on the team. Kingsbury declined to provide specifics to a follow-up question.

Outlaw was just starting his third year in the program. He was a highly recruited offensive lineman from Georgia who made the travel roster for several games as a true freshman.

He played in nine games last year and was moved to defensive tackle late in the season, but wasn’t in the two-deep when camp ended.


By: Don Williams on September 1, 2015 - 7:38pm - Add new comment

One of the decisions facing Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith early this week was identifying personnel for his speed front, the package the Red Raiders use when they have opponents in third-and-long situations.

“I’ve got Pete (Robertson), B-Jack (Branden Jackson), Andre (Ross), Zeus (Zach Barnes), DA (Demetrius Alston),” said Smith, who coaches the defensive line. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can rush the passer, and so I’ll get my four best pass rushers.”

By: Don Williams on September 1, 2015 - 7:13pm - Add new comment

One of the neat stories of Texas Tech’s preseason workouts came when sophomore defensive end Talor Nunez was placed on scholarship. That development came just  two years after he joined the program as a 200-pound walk-on safety candidate who’d been a high school quarterback.

Apparently, achieving that didn’t make Nunez complacent.

Some eyebrows were raised Sunday when the Midland Lee product showed up second team on the depth chart to starting defensive end Branden Jackson. Co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith said Nunez passed Gary Moore and Andre Ross on performance.

By: Don Williams on August 31, 2015 - 2:33pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech offensive lineman Conner Dyer from Mesquite Horn will undergo season-ending knee surgery, Tech coach Kliff Kingbury said Monday.

Dyer is a freshman and already was expected to redshirt this season.


By: Don Williams on August 25, 2015 - 7:25pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech’s defensive line was criticized as much or more than any other part of the team’s 122nd-ranked defense last season, but the players returning there have looked as good as any unit to new defensive coordinator David Gibbs.

“Simply because they’re older. They’re veteran guys,” Gibbs said Monday. “A few of them, this is the last go-round. I think they’re taking advantage of it. They’re working harder.”

By: Don Williams on August 25, 2015 - 7:22pm - Add new comment

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs is a lot more concerned about a Texas Tech run defense that was fifth-worst in the FBS last season than he is about a pass rush.

“We’ve got some depth up front, some guys we’ll rotate in that we think can rush the quarterback,” Gibbs said Monday, “but I’m not sure that’s been the problem around here. I’m thinking the problem around here has been, can we stay in our gaps in the run game? So that’s what we’re focusing on.”

By: Don Williams on August 25, 2015 - 7:19pm - Add new comment

Cameron Batson started the 2014 season wearing jersey No. 13, and now he’s going to wear it again.

Forget the notion that it might bring him bad luck.

“I just say it’s lucky for me and unlucky for the defenders,” Texas Tech’s inside receiver and return man said.

Batson had to trade No. 13 for No. 80 early last season after the Red Raiders were penalized for having two players simultaneously on the field wearing the same number. Sam Eguavoen, the team’s starting middle linebacker, had dibs on No. 13.

By: Don Williams on August 24, 2015 - 8:50pm - Add new comment

Four Texas Tech linebackers seem to be in good position to play. At least linebackers coach Zac Spavital spoke favorably on Monday of Micah Awe, Kris Williams, Malik Jenkins and Dakota Allen.

Awe, a 6-foot, 221-pound senior, is the acknowledged starter at middle linebacker, and Williams (6-1, 230) and Jenkins (6-1, 225) appear to have the inside track to the other two spots.

Allen (6-2, 224) is a redshirt freshman who’ll be playing for the first time.