By: Don Williams on August 22, 2014 - 2:11pm - Add new comment

Nigel Bethel II

Position: Cornerback

Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 178

Class-Exp.: Fr.-HS

High school: Miami (Fla.) Washington

By: Don Williams on August 20, 2014 - 6:11pm - Add new comment

Thierry Nguema

Position: Cornerback

Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 174

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: Corona, Calif., Santiago

Last year: Nguema played in nine games as a redshirt freshman, when he was ostensibly the team’s fifth or sixth cornerback. He made a touchdown-saving tackle at the 1-yard line on the last play of the Red Raiders’ 41-23 victory at SMU and broke up a pass against Stephen F. Austin. He started spring practice as a first-team cornerback.

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

La’Darius Newbold

Position: Cornerback

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 201

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: Lancaster

Last year: Newbold made his career debut, getting into three games and making one tackle. Tech lost seniors Bruce Jones, Olauluwa Falemi and Derrick Mays, who accounted for 23 starts last year (out of a possible 26) at the the two positions. In the spring, Newbold jumped into the wide-open competition to replace them.

By: Don Williams on August 20, 2014 - 4:19pm - 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 - 8:42pm - 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 - 6:52pm - 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 - 9:18pm - 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 - 4:59pm - 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 - 4:34pm - 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 - 3:53pm - 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.