MIDLAND -- Texas Tech coaches have gone back and forth on whether to play sophomore Dylan Cantrell as an inside receiver or an outside receiver. He spent the 2013 regular season inside, but during Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage at Grande Communications Stadium, he was back on the outside, at flanker.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was a recent move.
One of Davis Webb’ more impressive passes of the day was a 26-yard touchdown shot to Cantrell, who was lined up outside.
Though Texas Tech defensive line coach John Scott Jr. has been impressed with defensive tackle Demetrius Alston so far in spring practice, some others in his position group have shown up as well.
“Branden Jackson did a really nice job for us in the scrimmage (before spring break),” Scott said Tuesday. “Jackson Richards is getting better with his feet and technique. You see him looking like a different guy than he looked at times in the fall and last spring, so we’re really excited about him.”
Outside linebacker Andre Ross remains out with a back problem, and defensive end Gary Moore also hasn’t practiced yet, Texas Tech coaches said Tuesday. The Red Raiders have had their first three sessions of spring football.
Moore has been out with a leg injury since last season, and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said he hopes the redshirt freshman can get on the field after spring break.
Redshirt freshman Josh Outlaw has been moved to tackle this spring, Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays said, to fulfill a promise made during recruiting. Outlaw spent virtually all of last season practicing at guard, where he trained as an emergency option in case of injuries.
He traveled with the team and suited up in case a couple of the guards went down.
Asked Tuesday to name players who have impressed him after three sessions of spring practice, Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt singled out weak inside linebacker Sam Eguavoen, strong safety Jalen Barnes, defensive tackle Demetrious Alston, middle linebacker V.J. Fehoko and cornerback Justis Nelson.
Eguavoen is making the switch from middle linebacker, where he started every game last season, to weak inside where 2013 senior Will Smith was the starter.
Davis Webb’s situation has changed immensely in the several weeks since the 2014 football season ended. The Texas Tech sophomore goes into spring as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback with the mid-term transfers of Baker Mayfield, Michael Brewer and Clayton Nicholas. He’s got a shorter haircut and is carrying 210 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.
And he’s being noticed a lot more after throwing four touchdown passes in the Red Raiders’ first four offensive series of the Holiday Bowl.
Texas Tech football players Derreck Edwards and Dee Paul are two-sport athletes at the moment, and both scored points at the two-day Big 12 indoor track and field championships that concluded Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Edwards got sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches. The winning jump was 51-2 1/4 by Baylor sophomore Felix Obi, a former El Paso Franklin standout who competed in Lubbock at regional in high school.
Who is Kliff Kingsbury?
That could be the correct response during an episode of “Jeopardy” this week.
The Texas Tech football coach and his administrative assistant, Kirstie Sherman, said the show has informed them they intend to use a clue about Kingsbury. The episode is scheduled to air in Lubbock at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Texas Tech football signee Dakota Allen from Humble Summer Creek lost a title match Saturday night at the UIL wrestling state tournament in Garland.
Defending champion Jace LaCaille from Georgetown outpointed Allen 10-6 in the finals of the Class 4A boys 220-pound weight class. Allen and LaCaille each won three matches Friday to reach the championship round in the bracket of 16.
Allen’s semifinal win was a 16-8 major decision over Frisco Centennial’s Sam Ehmke, who came into the match 43-0.
The back-and-forth between Texas Tech and former Red Raiders quarterback Michael Brewer continued Friday on Twitter regarding the schools Tech denied permission to contact Brewer.
On his Twitter account, Brewer posted a letter from Tech compliance indicating that he could not transfer to schools in the Big 12, other Division I programs in Texas or any school coming up on the schedule. The letter signed by compliance director Megan Graham listed each of the schools individually, a total of 21 programs, that were denied permission to contact Brewer.