By: Don Williams on August 20, 2014 - 5:19pm - Add new comment

Tech Roster Analysis

Donte Phillips

Position: Defensive lineman

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 283

Class./Exp.: Jr.-1L

High school: Milwaukee, Wis., Homestead

Last year: Phillips played in only one game and made a tackle. He got more time in March and April and was listed second-team at noseguard coming out of spring practice.

By: Don Williams on August 19, 2014 - 9:42pm - Add new comment

Dominique Robertson

Position: Offensive tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 315

Class-Exp.: Jr.-Transfer

High school: Redlands, Calif., East Valley

Last year: Robertson anchored the line for a Riverside City College team that went 10-2, winning the seven-team National Conference Central Division of the Southern California Football Association. He committed to Kansas State but had a change of heart and signed with Tech in February.

By: Don Williams on August 19, 2014 - 7:52pm - Add new comment

Tech Roster Analysis

Mike Mitchell

Position: Middle linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 226

Class-Exp.: Redshirt freshman

High school: Plano Prestonwood Christian

By: Don Williams on August 18, 2014 - 10:18pm - Add new comment

Demarcus Felton

Position: Running back

Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 179

Class-Exp.: Fr.-HS

High school: Spring Dekaney

Last year: Dekaney dipped to 2-8, but not for lack of effort on Felton’s part. He carried 227 times for 1,783 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Outlook for 2014: Though not as acclaimed as fellow freshman running back Justin Stockton, Felton also is making a case to get on the field this year, according to his position coach.

By: Don Williams on August 18, 2014 - 5:59pm - Add new comment

Pete Robertson

Position: Bandit outside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 236

Class-Exp.: Jr-2L

High school: Longview

Last year: Robertson broke into the lineup as a sophomore and started all 13 games. He was fifth on the team with 60 tackles, which is second most among 2014 returnees. His numbers got a boost with a career-high 11 tackles, eight solo, and two tackles for loss in the Holiday Bowl upset of Arizona State.

By: Don Williams on August 18, 2014 - 5:34pm - Add new comment

Brandon Thorpe

Position: Defensive tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 284

Class-Exp.: Jr.-Transfer

High school: Tucker, Ga.

Last year: In his second season at Highland (Kan.) Community College, Thorpe was credited with 31 tackles, three sacks, 3 1/2 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and a recovery.

By: Don Williams on August 18, 2014 - 4:53pm - Add new comment

Justin Stockton, a 2,000-yard rusher each of the last two years at Cibolo Steele, will play as a true freshman this year, running backs coach Mike Jinks said. Demarcus Felton, who ran for 1,700 yards last year at Spring Dekaney, might, too.

But Stockton’s speed ensures he won’t redshirt.

“It’s elite. It’s special,” Jinks said. “He can go 60 in the blink of an eye with his ability to accelerate.”

Jinks said Felton has plus speed as well.

By: Don Williams on August 18, 2014 - 4:13pm - Add new comment

Sam Atoe, a transfer who joined the team just before August workouts, could make Texas Tech’s two-deep at inside linebacker, defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said Monday.

The battle for a backup spot appears to be between Atoe, who played the last two years at College of San Mateo (Calif.), and sophomore Malik Jenkins, who played mostly special teams last year as a true freshman.

Jenkins tailed off in spring practice, but Wallerstedt said the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Ennis graduate played well in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage.

By: Don Williams on August 15, 2014 - 8:56pm - Add new comment

Tech Roster Analysis

Sam Atoe

Position: Linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 235

Class-Exp.: Jr.-Transfer

High school: San Rosa, Calif., Carrillo

By: Don Williams on August 14, 2014 - 5:39pm - Add new comment

Tony Morales

Position: Center

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 315

Class-Exp.: Jr.-Squadman

High school: Arlington Houston

Last year: Morales was hurt — last year and the year before that and the year before that. The most luckless Tech player in terms of injuries, the one-time high-profile recruit missed 2011 with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, missed 2012 with a strained knee ligament and missed 2013 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.