By: Don Williams on August 23, 2011 - 8:49pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech cornerback Jarvis Phillips started his career like gangbusters last season with four interceptions and a touchdown in his first three games. He picked off a pass apiece against SMU and New Mexico and two against Texas, returning one 87 yards to score.

Evidently, Phillips has some ground to cover if he’s going to repeat that hot start.

By: Don Williams on August 19, 2011 - 11:46am - Add new comment

Texas Tech announced that Saturday's 10 a.m. football scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium will be opened to season-ticket holders and media.

It'll be the first time this August that fans can attend a preseason camp session.

Fans are asked to enter Gate 6 at the southeast corner of the stadium and sit in the east bleachers. The gate opens at 9:30 a.m.

By: Don Williams on August 19, 2011 - 11:33am - Add new comment

Texas Tech will go for about 180 plays in its third intrasquad scrimmage, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. That's 60 plays apiece for the first, second and third teams.

"We want to try to get everybody in position where they've got to play a complete game," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Sixty snaps on offense for us is not a complete game, but it'll be pretty close."

As a reference point, Tech averaged 81 offensive snaps a game last season, its opponents 79.

Tuberville said No.

By: Don Williams on August 18, 2011 - 8:16pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech sold 701 $99 season tickets Thursday, the first day it put them on the market. There were 524 left Thursday night, according to Dave Welsh, Tech’s assistant athletic director for tickets.

“Tomorrow would be a good day to buy them,” he said.

The $99 season tickets are available in sections 113 and 114 in the northeast corner of Jones AT&T Stadium. United Supermarkets partnered with Tech to sponsor the reduced-rate season tickets.

Welsh said about 45,000 tickets have been sold for the team’s Sept. 3 opener against Texas State.

By: Don Williams on August 15, 2011 - 9:18pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Neal Brown gave a thumbs-up to freshman wide receiver Bradley Marquez’s signing a pro baseball contract Sunday with the New York Mets.

“We encouraged him,” Brown said Monday. “We thought it was a good idea, kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

By: Don Williams on August 15, 2011 - 6:55pm - Add new comment

-- When asked what players stood out in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, Texas Tech defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow talked about Sawyer Vest and said it was for more than just Saturday.

Vest is a senior squadman who is the top backup to Tre Porter at boundary cornerback.

"Sawyer Vest is a guy that's come out and competed his tail off every day," Glasgow said. "It doesn't matter when it is. I bragged on Sawyer the other day when we were doing a half (skeleton) vs. ourself defensively.

By: Don Williams on August 15, 2011 - 3:25pm - Add new comment

The Tuesday meeting at which the state House Higher Education Committee was to discuss the ramifications of a Texas A&M move to the Southeastern Conference was postponed today.

Here is committee chairman Dan Branch's statement, sent out by his office this afternoon: 

“The August 16, 2010 hearing of the House Higher Education Committee on collegiate athletics has been postponed.

“Yesterday, Dr.

By: Don Williams on August 12, 2011 - 12:57pm - Add new comment

There was a new development on the Texas Tech linebacker front on Friday as Blake Dees was moved from middle to strong-side linebacker. In the middle, Dees had been battling Cqulin Hubert and Sam Fehoko.

On the strong side, Daniel Cobb and Zach Winbush have impressed defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow with their talent but frustrated him with inconsistent play.

Dees got some time with the first team Friday.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2011 - 4:52pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech strong safety Terrance Bullitt suffered a painful left shoulder injury during Thursday's practice, but one that apparently won't have long-term ramifications. 

Bullitt is day-to-day and not thought to be seriously hurt, the A-J learned later Thursday.

The sophomore from Garland Naaman Forest was writhing and screaming in pain after he collided with a defensive teammate during the daily 11-on-11 scrimmage period. He was helped to his feet and escorted off the field by team medical staff and then into the training room.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2011 - 1:08pm - Add new comment

The beard that Texas Tech wide receiver Tramain Swindall started growing in the spring turned out to be no temporary thing. Swindall's facial hair hasn't reached a Braylon Edwards level yet, but he plans to give it plenty of time.

"I’m going to start saying, 'Fear the beard.' I’m trying to make Sports Center," Swindall said after Thursday's practice. "The most I'll probably do is edge it up. I won't cut it at all."

Swindall and then-Tech quarterback Taylor Potts started growing beards about the same time last year, but eventually pulled the plug on the idea.