Texas Tech had only one early signing day surprise, and it was a positive one. The Red Raiders added Michael Coley, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back prospect fromIrving. He was uncommitted going into Wednesday, having received scholarship offers at different times fromVanderbilt,LouisianaTech and UT-San Antonio.
Coley recently took an official visit to Tech.
A Texas Tech spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that offensive guard Beau Carpenter was kicked off the team for an unspecified rules violation. Not good, considering Carpenter would have been a senior next season and has 17 career starts.
Carpenter was one of only seven Tech offensive linemen who saw significant playing time in 2012 as line coach Lee Hays didn’t seem to trust his depth. Most games, he went with five or six linemen.
So banishing Carpenter tests that depth even more.
Texas Tech put three former walk-on football players on scholarship for the spring semester, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Wednesday.
David Brenner, Bobby Esiaba and John White have played mostly on special teams. All three will be juniors next season.
Brenner is a 6-foot, 210-pound deep snapper from Plano Canyon Creek Christian Academy. Esiaba is a 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Dallastown, Pa. White is a 5-10, 200-pound safety from Bremond.
Texas Tech wide receiver Derreck Edwards will spend some of his time with the track and field team this semester, although he will be a full-time football player during spring practice.
Edwards will compete in triple jump for the Tech track team. It’s likely he will participate at some meets before the Red Raiders' spring football practice schedule begins and again after spring practice concludes.
Texas Tech outside linebacker Chris Payne, who missed the 2013 season while academically ineligible, is rejoining the team, the Avalanche-Journal learned. Wednesday was the first day of spring-semester classes at Tech, and Payne was on campus.
He is expected to be on the team as a walk-on.
Payne’s return gives the Red Raiders another option at outside linebacker. During spring practice last year, co-offensive coordinator Mike Smith raved about Payne’s play, and he went into the summer as the top backup to Raider outside linebacker Terrance Bullitt.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has hired Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury’s agent to represent him as the former Heisman Trophy winner prepares for the NFL draft.
The public relations firm Sanderson Strategies Group said Manziel has hired Erik Burkhardt — a Tech graduate who advises Kingsbury — of Select Sports Group as his NFLPA-certified agent.
“Burkhardt will represent Manziel in all discussions and negotiations with the NFL and its teams,” the announcement said.
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.”