Texas Tech linebacker Chris Payne is enrolled in school for the fall semester, defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said Monday, and could be a candidate to help the team late in the season.
Payne was on the sideline in jersey and shorts Saturday night during the Red Raiders’ 42-35 victory against Central Arkansas.
Texas Tech noseguard Rika Levi is day to day, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday, with the right knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s season opener against Central Arkansas.
“It wasn’t as bad as initially thought, which was good,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re going to brace him up and see how he’s feeling. But he’s day to day as of right now.”
Levi got hurt on his fifth play, a fourth-and-1 in Tech territory in the first quarter.
Although freshman Patrick Mahomes seems to be in an obvious will-play situation this season as the No. 2 quarterback, it remains to be seen how the Red Raiders will use him.
Since Tech coaches have no plans to redshirt Mahomes, they could try to get him into every game or nearly every game to maximize his development.
Luckless Tech lineman Tony Morales is out again — this time for an indefinite period with a knee injury — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Monday.
Morales, a junior from Arlington Houston, has suffered season-ending injuries — one to each shoulder and also to a knee — each of the last three years. He’s never played in a game.
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Eric Morris said slot receiver Ian Sadler caught the third-most passes of any Red Raiders receiver during preseason practices and will be a phenomenal player.
Tech fans might not see the start of that until 2015, howeveer.
Tech coaches will try to redshirt the freshman signee from Argyle, Morris said Monday. Sadler and Oklahoma City Millwood product Cameron Batson — both freshmen, both inside receivers and both punt-return candidates — ostensibly were battling each other for a spot.
Texas Tech had its first weekly football news conference of the season Monday.
Here’s the most noteworthy stuff to come out of it:
— Tony Morales is out indefinitely with a knee injury, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed, yet another shot of bad news for the junior center. Morales suffered season-ending injuries each of the previous three years: on both shoulders and a knee.
Nigel Bethel II
Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 178
High school: Miami (Fla.) Washington
Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 174
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.
Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 201
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.
Tech Roster Analysis
Position: Defensive lineman
Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 283
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.