By: Anonymous on August 3, 2008 - 4:16pm - Add new comment

A reader asked if Tech is so good at defensive end that Brandon Sesay and McKinner Dixon are only third string. Well, that's how Ruffin McNeill listed them to me the other day when we were going over the depth chart in the front seven.There are a lot of things to consider here. In no particular order:

By: Anonymous on August 3, 2008 - 4:10pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech officials asked that new DE Brandon Sesay not do media interviews until he's finished with his summer-school class, so that means it could be a week or thereabouts before you see anything from him put in quotation marks.

By: Anonymous on August 2, 2008 - 6:01pm - Add new comment

Here is the Texas Tech depth chart going into the beginning of preseason workouts on Monday. I talked to six Tech coaches in assembling it, so this is straight from the coaches' mouths at nearly every position.Keep in mind that there's competition at a lot of spots. And some players might be competing at more than one place. McKinner Dixon could play LDE or RDE, for example, and Brent Nickerson, though listed second at LCB, is in the mix to be the starter at RCB.

By: Anonymous on August 1, 2008 - 11:48pm - Add new comment

This could be a different sort of August in that A) the Tech freshmen class is small to begin with and B) the team's experience and depth is such that there's not much need for the young guys to play right away.It wouldn't surprise me if K Donnie Carona is the only true freshman to see the field this season. It would be nice if the Raiders could redshirt the rest.

By: Anonymous on August 1, 2008 - 11:10pm - Add new comment

I was just thinking ... The last time Texas Tech went into a season ranked as high as the Red Raiders will this season, I was rooting for Tech and getting ready to start my school-sports career going into the seventh grade at Kress Junior High.We put on the pads for the first time in seventh grade for a road game at Hale Center. Beat the Owls and nearly everybody else that season, playing on a defense that gave up only three touchdowns in 10 games.

By: Anonymous on August 1, 2008 - 11:06pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech fans, a good many of them anyway, finally have what they want. By being ranked 14th in the USA Today coaches poll released Friday, the Red Raiders are receiving acknowledgment of their worth on a broad scale. A No. 14 ranking sounds about right to me, taking into account how the team finished last year and what the Raiders have returning this year.Maybe you agree. Maybe not.Is No. 14a) too high?b) too low?c) right on target?

By: Anonymous on July 22, 2008 - 11:26pm - Add new comment

Kansas, Colorado, Kansas State and Oklahoma State were the four teams featured during Tuesday's session at the Downtown Marriott in Kansas City.

By: Anonymous on July 22, 2008 - 11:14pm - Add new comment

One of the most frequently asked questions during the Monday and Tuesday sessions of Big 12 football media days in Kansas City has been: Who's the league's best quarterback?After all, all but Nebraska and Iowa State return their starter. There's Graham Harrell at Tech, Chase Daniel at Missouri, Todd Reesing at Kansas, Sam Bradford at Oklahoma, Colt McCoy at Texas and Josh Freeman at Kansas State. When he was asked Tuesday who's the best, Freeman wasted no time saying he was. He was third in the league in passing yards per game last year.

By: Anonymous on April 25, 2008 - 11:12pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech football signee Deveric Gallington competed in the Region 1-5A shot put competition Friday at R.P. Fuller Track. Gallington didn't make the finals; his best was 47 feet, 10 inches.Gallington has been killing two birds with one stone on this trip. He said he'd briefly visited with Mike Leach and was planning to talk later Friday with Tech offensive line coach Matt Moore. Gallington told me he's got plenty to learn since he played mostly defensive line until last season. The Raiders have told him he projects as a guard or a center.

By: Anonymous on April 25, 2008 - 11:05pm - Add new comment

A name to keep in mind in the future is multi-sport athlete Tyler Washington from Cedar Hill. He might not look like a shot putter -- he's only 6 foot and 216 pounds, but Washington won the Region 1-5A title Friday with a throw of 58 feet, 2 3/4 inches. Funny thing is, when I went up to talk to Washington, he was wearing a Texas Tech zip-up jacket. (There was a cool north wind blowing Friday morning). Washington told me he's a big Tech fan, so he had been really looking forward to this trip to Lubbock.