By: Don Williams on August 8, 2014 - 4:59pm - Add new comment

Tech Roster Analysis

Gary Moore

Position: Defensive end

Ht./wt.: 6-5, 226

Class-Exp.: Redshirt freshman

High school: Clarksville

Last year: Moore spent the summer of 2013 training as an outside receiver behind Eric Ward, then moved to defense during the season. A broken foot stalled his progress, sidelining him for the last half of the season and the early part of spring practice.

By: Don Williams on August 8, 2014 - 4:28pm - Add new comment

Tech Roster Analysis

Tyler Middleton

Position: Split end

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 195

Class-Exp.: Jr.-RS

High school: Midland

Last year: The Red Raiders redshirted Middleton after bringing him in from Navarro College, where he was a conference runner-up in rushing and a bowl game MVP. He spent the fall working mainly at running back, then joined the cornerback competition for spring practice.

By: Don Williams on August 7, 2014 - 6:13pm - Add new comment

Kahlee Woods

Position: Weak inside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 224

Class-Exp.: Redshirt freshman

High school: Sherman

Last year: Woods redshirted and his progress stalled around midseason when he needed arthroscopic knee surgery. Coaches also wanted him to tone his body to make sure he kept his weight in check.

By: Don Williams on August 7, 2014 - 5:57pm - Add new comment

Malik Jenkins

Position: Middle linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 212

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: Ennis

Last year: Jenkins played in all but one game as a true freshman, getting most of his time on special teams. He made eight tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

By: Don Williams on August 7, 2014 - 5:43pm - Add new comment

Baylen Brown

Position: Guard

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 293

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: San Antonio O’Connor

Last year: Brown advanced quickly enough to forgo a redshirt year by the third game. He wound up playing in 11 games and starting the last three against Baylor, Texas and Arizona State.

By: Don Williams on August 6, 2014 - 7:24pm - Add new comment

One of Texas Tech's preferred walk-ons is Braden Marusak, a son of former Red Raiders defensive back Dean Marusak who lettered from 1985-88. Braden Marusak was first-team all-District 3-4A for Amarillo in 2012 and second-team all-District 3-4A last year.

He’s listed at 6-3, 192 pounds and learning the Raider outside linebacker spot. He played safety for the Sandies.

By: Don Williams on August 6, 2014 - 5:51pm - Add new comment

Tech coaches will evaluate Ohio State transfer Mike Mitchell at middle linebacker as he begins his time with the Red Raiders.

Mitchell was ranked a top-10 recruit in Texas and a top-60 player in the nation by 247Sports.com when he signed with Ohio State in February 2013. The Plano Prestonwood Christian graduate redshirted last season and transferred to Tech in June to be back closer to home.

Mitchell is sitting out this season, so coaches have plenty of time to decide where they want to use him.

By: Don Williams on August 6, 2014 - 5:07pm - Add new comment

The next few weeks are important for Texas Tech’s Josh Outlaw. What he shows in preseason practice will determine whether he’s a genuine, game-time backup early this season or just No. 2 on the depth chart.

Outlaw, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound redshirt freshman, is Tech’s second-string left tackle behind newcomer Dominique Robertson. But should Robertson or right tackle Reshod Fortenberry get hurt in a game, it’s likely line coach Lee Hays would move right guard Le’Raven Clark outside and tap his surplus of guards.

By: Don Williams on August 5, 2014 - 6:08pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks and his wife, Meredith, had their third child on May 21, a son they named Tristan.

The newborn, along with the Jinkses’ 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, has made the Tech coach introspective.

“I started late,” said Jinks, who is 42. “Most guys my age have kids playing in high school, making their way to college. I’ve got little ones at home and, really, it’s given me, over the last couple of years, a different perspective.

By: Don Williams on August 5, 2014 - 5:25pm - Add new comment

Pro teams don’t invest much of their payroll to fill certain positions — think kickers and punters in the NFL, low-leverage relief pitchers in the major leagues. The same goes for college football teams, who seldom sign players at certain positions to scholarship agreements straight out of high school.

Texas Tech figures it can find big blocking backs by sorting through non-marquee players on the roster.