Position: Offensive tackle
Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 272
High school: Argyle
Last year: Keenan played in all 13 games last season, mostly on special teams. He was used in short-yardage offense as a tight end, switching from his regular jersey No. 77 to No. 93.
One of Texas Tech’s most important position battles is at cornerback, where the team lost three seniors who combined for 23 starts last season.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury’s success with freshman quarterbacks has made him supremely confident about his ability to rapidly develop candidates at that position.
Maybe Patrick Mahomes will be the latest.
Kingsbury said the freshman signee from Whitehouse threw five touchdown passes Sunday in the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage.
“He doesn’t know the system yet,” Kingsbury said, “but his natural ability can get him out of some things. He did a good job extending plays and leading the offense on drives.”
Position: Defensive tackle
Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 312
High school: Ripley, Tenn.
Position: Raider outside linebacker
Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 200
Last year: Crawford transferred in from a California junior college and was showing up well in August workouts before he suffered a high-ankle sprain that bothered him all season. He wound up playing in four games. Because one of those was late in the season, he would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver to restore the year’s eligibility.
Position: Middle linebacker
Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 230
Last year: Eguavoen started every game at middle linebacker. He was third on the team with 70 tackles, making 61/2 tackles for loss and 11/2 sacks, improving his numbers across the board from the year before. He played in the shadow of fellow inside linebacker Will Smith, who was Associated Press first-team all-Big 12, and others on a senior-heavy defense.
Position: Running back
Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 200
High school: College Station A&M Consolidated
Last year: White played in all 13 games, seeing regular work on special teams. He carried 10 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for 5 yards. He needed to show a better understanding of the offense, because his flashy runs were offset by missed assignments that kept him for pushing for more time.
Position: Split end
Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 183
High school: Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King
Last year: Coaches decided to forgo a redshirt year for Polite-Bray and used him in eight games as a freshman. Polite-Bray caught only two passes for 5 yards, but it was noteworthy that he was Eric Ward’s top backup by the end of the season, having moved ahead of some veteran receivers.
Position: Offensive tackle
Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 294
High school: Franklinton, La., Bowling Green
Last year: Fortenberry put a series of injuries behind him and started all 13 games at right tackle, rarely leaving the field when the Red Raiders were on offense. Just before spring practice, he had his senior-year eligibility restored, a consequence of his missing all but three games in 2012.
Position: Bandit outside linebacker
Ht./wt.: 6-1, 230
High school: Dallas Bryan Adams