As Texas Tech players streamed off the turf last December at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, there was plenty to celebrate.

July 26, 2014 - 6:50pm

More than any other sport, college football coaches are put on pedestals. Texas was willing to give Nick Saban $100 million to coach the Longhorns. He didn't take it, choosing to stay at Alabama, where he already has a statue.

July 25, 2014 - 7:05pm

The Horned Frogs have one of the strongest special teams units in the country heading into 2014. They're bringing everyone back. Junior Jaden Oberkrom is a top-of-the-line kicker who went 14-of-18 last season after a 22-for-30 freshman debut.

July 24, 2014 - 8:33pm

When Texas Tech was giving up an average of 282 rushing yards per game last year during a five-game losing streak, a lack of bulk in the front seven was viewed by many as part of the problem.

July 24, 2014 - 6:14pm

Living in Kaplan, a 4,600-person town in southern Louisiana, has limited the depth of coaching Jalen Bates receives. He's been taught to hit opponents, to hustle, to be physical.

July 24, 2014 - 9:31pm


July 24, 2014 - 6:07pm

The Big 12 is known as an offensive league with air raid offenses and hard-nosed run attacks. While the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs get all the credit, the offensive linemen are actually responsible for their success.

July 23, 2014 - 6:26pm

Texas Tech and Oklahoma State battle each other every other year in Lubbock and Stillwater. More and more, the Red Raiders and the Cowboys might be squaring off in places like Lufkin and Tyler.

July 23, 2014 - 9:53pm

Kingsbury puts a number on hit rate needed for JC defensive linemen

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said all four of the team’s new junior-college defensive linemen are on campus. And he’s greedy about the number he expects to deliver.

Asked how many of the four the Red Raiders need to hit on, Kingsbury said, “I’d say all four need to play. We found out last year playing in this league, we need to be able to rotate more bodies through with these fast-tempo offenses. We weren’t, and that hurt us in the run game a bunch.

“All four of these guys are going to have to play, and play right away.”

Will Eguavoen play same position as last year, or the one he really likes?

Texas Tech’s starting duo at inside linebacker figures to shake out one of two ways: with senior Sam Eguavoen at middle linebacker and senior incoming transfer V.J. Fehoko at weak inside or with Eguavoen at weak inside and junior Micah Awe in the middle.

“It’s going to be a three-linebacker rotation regardless,” Eguavoen said. “I’m going to be playing both, circling around.”

In Tech’s scheme, the weak inside linebacker plays to the tight side of the field and the middle linebacker to the wide side, making speed and range more important from the latter.