Texas Tech played a lot of snaps against West Virginia and several more Saturday against Kansas using a defensive front four of Andre Ross, Jackson Richards, Branden Jackson and Pete Robertson.

October 21, 2014 - 9:53pm

Kramer Fyfe didn't pout when he didn't have a role to start the season. Now the good attitude he kept is paying off again.

October 21, 2014 - 9:40pm

Red Raiders holding back freshman safeties Hendrix, Allen

Tech coaches are committed to redshirting safety Payton Hendrix. The freshman from Dallas Bishop Dunne couldn’t have helped Saturday even if the Red Raiders needed him to with their shallow pool of safeties.

Hendrix’s position coach, Trey Haverty, said he’s sidelined with a groin injury.

“Not that we’d pull a redshirt this late,” Haverty said. “You’ve got to look at what’s best for the program and decide. Right now, we couldn’t even play him if we wanted to, but he’ll be back in the next couple of weeks.”

Red Raiders adapting Jets', Rex Ryan ideas in defensive front

Texas Tech played a lot of snaps against West Virginia and several more Saturday against Kansas using a defensive front four of Andre Ross, Jackson Richards, Branden Jackson and Pete Robertson. That’s three defensive ends/outside linebackers and one former defensive end.

Playing Ross and Robertson — two quasi-linebackers — at end and moving Jackson to tackle is a way to get more players with pass-rush talent onto the field at once. 

Chiaverini to Batson: Be patient; a big return will stand soon enough

Texas Tech special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini had a message Tuesday for punt-return specialist Cameron Batson: Keep applyign yourself, and eventually one of your big returns will count.

The freshman from Oklahoma City Millwood had a 48-yard punt return erased because of an illegal block in Tech’s 34-21 victory Saturday against Kansas. He had a 37-yard return wiped out because of holding in the Sept. 25 Tech-Oklahoma State game.

Injury updates after Tuesday's Texas Tech practice

Bradley Marquez, Jakeem Grant and Jordan Davis — Texas Tech’s top three inside receivers — all were in shorts and workout shirts, but not pads and jerseys like the rest of their teammates at the end of Tuesday’s practice.

Offensive coordinator Eric Morris indicated Monday that Marquez (ribs) and Grant (ankle, shoulder, neck) probably wouldn’t practice early in the week, but still could play in Saturday’s game at TCU. Davis has not been cleared from a concussion.

...

October 21, 2014 - 1:05pm

Texas Tech might face a lack of depth at inside receiver Saturday. Injuries made starters Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez questionable for Tech's 2:30 p.m. game at No. 10 TCU.

October 20, 2014 - 10:36pm

Texas Tech has at least a dozen players on the injury list going into Saturday's game at No. 10 TCU. Eight are on defense, which doesn't make preparation any easier for interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

October 20, 2014 - 10:36pm

Kingsbury on QB-WR disconnects: 'At that (QB) position, we put it all on us'

Texas Tech sophomore Davis Webb is fourth in the FBS in passing touchdowns with 22 and tied for second most interceptions with 12. Last year, playing in 10 games, he threw 20 TDs with nine interceptions. 

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was asked Monday if he’s seen improvement in the sophomore quarterback this season and, if so, where.

“Yeah, I think accuracy early on in the season I didn’t think was there,” Kingsbury said. “I think it’s getting closer. We’re still missing some things we can’t miss.”