By: Don Williams on August 12, 2014 - 8:58pm - Add new comment

Jacarthy Mack

Position: Raider outside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 196

Class-Exp.: Redshirt freshman

High school: Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King

By: Don Williams on August 12, 2014 - 8:15pm - Add new comment

Poet Thomas

Position: Offensive tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 308

Class.-Exp: Redshirt freshman

High school: Beverly Hills, Mich., Country Day

Last year: Thomas signed in February 2013 and took a redshirt year. Toning up his body was one of the early objectives. He’s listed 27 pounds lighter than last year.

By: Don Williams on August 12, 2014 - 7:34pm - Add new comment

Trey Keenan

Position: Offensive tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 272

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: Argyle

Last year: Keenan played in all 13 games last season, mostly on special teams. He was used in short-yardage offense as a tight end, switching from his regular jersey No. 77 to No. 93.

By: Don Williams on August 12, 2014 - 1:49pm - Add new comment

One of Texas Tech’s most important position battles is at cornerback, where the team lost three seniors who combined for 23 starts last season.

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.