By: Don Williams on August 12, 2014 - 1:03pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury’s success with freshman quarterbacks has made him supremely confident about his ability to rapidly develop candidates at that position.

Maybe Patrick Mahomes will be the latest.

Kingsbury said the freshman signee from Whitehouse threw five touchdown passes Sunday in the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage.

“He doesn’t know the system yet,” Kingsbury said, “but his natural ability can get him out of some things. He did a good job extending plays and leading the offense on drives.”

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2014 - 9:13pm - Add new comment

Keland McElrath

Position: Defensive tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 312

Class-Exp.: Jr.-Transfer

High school: Ripley, Tenn.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2014 - 8:36pm - Add new comment

Dorian Crawford

Position: Raider outside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 200

Class-Exp.: Sr.-1L

Last year: Crawford transferred in from a California junior college and was showing up well in August workouts before he suffered a high-ankle sprain that bothered him all season. He wound up playing in four games. Because one of those was late in the season, he would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver to restore the year’s eligibility.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2014 - 8:28pm - Add new comment

Sam Eguavoen

Position: Middle linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 230

Class-Exp.: Sr.-3L

Last year: Eguavoen started every game at middle linebacker. He was third on the team with 70 tackles, making 61/2 tackles for loss and 11/2 sacks, improving his numbers across the board from the year before. He played in the shadow of fellow inside linebacker Will Smith, who was Associated Press first-team all-Big 12, and others on a senior-heavy defense.

By: Don Williams on August 10, 2014 - 9:45pm - Add new comment

Quinton White

Position: Running back

Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 200

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: College Station A&M Consolidated

Last year: White played in all 13 games, seeing regular work on special teams. He carried 10 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for 5 yards. He needed to show a better understanding of the offense, because his flashy runs were offset by missed assignments that kept him for pushing for more time.

By: Don Williams on August 10, 2014 - 9:39pm - Add new comment

D.J. Polite-Bray

Position: Split end

Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 183

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King

Last year: Coaches decided to forgo a redshirt year for Polite-Bray and used him in eight games as a freshman. Polite-Bray caught only two passes for 5 yards, but it was noteworthy that he was Eric Ward’s top backup by the end of the season, having moved ahead of some veteran receivers.

By: Don Williams on August 10, 2014 - 9:35pm - Add new comment

Reshod Fortenberry

Position: Offensive tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 294

Class-Exp.: Sr-2L

High school: Franklinton, La., Bowling Green

Last year: Fortenberry put a series of injuries behind him and started all 13 games at right tackle, rarely leaving the field when the Red Raiders were on offense. Just before spring practice, he had his senior-year eligibility restored, a consequence of his missing all but three games in 2012.

By: Don Williams on August 9, 2014 - 5:45pm - Add new comment

Kris Williams

Position: Bandit outside linebacker

Ht./wt.: 6-1, 230

Class-Exp.: So.-Sq.

High school: Dallas Bryan Adams

By: Don Williams on August 9, 2014 - 5:40pm - Add new comment

Andre Ross

Position: Bandit outside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 234

Class-Exp.: Jr.-1L

High school: Calvert

Last year: Ross played in five games during the first half of last season and made eight tackles, two pass breakups and a sack. But he was a non-factor in the second half as coaches took him off the practice field and pushed him to concentrate on academics and the adjustment to campus life.

By: Don Williams on August 9, 2014 - 4:22pm - Add new comment

Tech Roster Analysis

Micah Awe

Position: Inside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 223

Class-Exp.: Jr.-2L

High school: Mansfield Summit

Last year: Awe was a regularly used backup who played in every game. He got credit for 58 tackles, which was sixth on the team and third among players returning this season.