Editor’s note: Texas Tech starts preseason football practice Saturday, and A-J sports writer Don Williams has spent a couple of weeks analyzing what training camp holds for several Red Raiders players. For more player outlooks such as the one below, visit his blog at redraiders.com.
Reginald Davis was all-everything in high school at tiny Tenaha: 2,000-yard passer, near 2,000-yard rusher, electric return man, state champion. And that was all in one spectacular senior season.
Back for another installment of our Texas Tech individual player outlooks for 2013. Again, this series mostly focuses on players who are not starters, but ones who have a chance to develop into significant roles.
Under the microscope: Free safety Keenon Ward.
Free safety, more so than most positions on the Texas Tech team, seems set both for this season and in the future. Tre Porter’s the starter and the team’s most experienced defensive back.
With only a couple of days left until Texas Tech starts training camp, we continue our player analyses by breaking down what’s in store for another one of the newcomers.
Under the microsope: Wide receiver Dylan Cantrell.
With just days to go until Texas Tech starts preseason practice Saturday, we continue our individual player outlooks. We’ve examined some of the incoming freshmen for the past few days, and here’s another.
Under the Microscope: Middle linebacker Malik Jenkins.
I wouldn’t expect Malik Jenkins to come in and play right away this season. He’s at middle linebacker, where coaches love sophomore Micah Awe and think Blake Dees can provide solid play in the rotation. Barring injury or Jenkins just wowing somebody, he could redshirt.
The calendar’s about to turn and we’re a week out from Texas Tech reporting day. With that in mind, we continue our look at some of Tech’s incoming freshmen and how they might fit in.
Under the Microscope: Linebacker Kahlee Woods.
Kahlee Woods didn’t have as impressive a list of scholarship offers as some Texas Tech signees, but few, if any, had more productive high-school careers. You’re talking a guy who was credited with more than 400 tackles, made first-team all-district three times at a Class 4A high school and twice received honorable mention all-state.
After three days away from Lubbock for Big 12 Conference media days, we’ll pick back up with some individual Texas Tech player analysis. We’ve spent a lot of time looking at where some of the returnees will fit in when preseason practice starts in early August.
For the next couple of days, we’ll break down a few incoming freshmen.
Under the Microscope: Wide receiver Gary Moore.
DALLAS -- Big 12 football officials coordinator Walt Anderson speaks every year at Big 12 media days, but his session Tuesday was more lively than usual with the NCAA beefing up its punishment for targeting. In May, the NCAA playing rules oversight panel gave officials the power to eject players who target and hit defenseless opponents above the shoulders.
Each of the first three coaches on the docket Monday at Big 12 media days has more than one option – and a starter to be decided – at quarterback. There are quarterback battles involving Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh at Oklahoma State, Daniel Sams and Jake Waters at Kansas State and, perhaps most interesting, Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin at TCU.
Pachall was the media’s preseason choice as all-Big 12 quarterback. But after Pachall was suspended last year, Boykin passed for 2,054 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 417 yards and three TDs.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said having LSU for a season opener has helped his team’s spring and summer preparation. The two teams play on Aug. 31 Cowboys Stadium inArlington.
Horned Frogs players and coaches should get used to an early challenge. They have scheduled non-conference series withMinnesotain 2014 and 2015, withArkansasin 2016 and 2017 and withOhioStatein 2018 and 2019.
In each of those home-and-home series, TCU hosts the first game and goes on the road for the second.
OklahomaStatecoach Mike Gundy on Monday defended the type of up-tempo, spread offenses he favors in the face of criticisms coming from the Southeastern Conference.Arkansascoach Bret Bielema complained last week that fast-paced offenses lead to more injuries because defensive players often can’t be subbed out during long drives.
“I certainly don’t agree with that,” Gundy said during his session at Big 12 media days inDallas. “I think it’s great for college football.”