How former Texas Tech football players fared in NFL games last week: TE JACE AMARO Was ruled inactive in Tennessee's 16-15 win over Detroit on Sunday. The Titans improved to 1-0.

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 7:18pm

Red Raiders map schedule, try to get healthy during off week

With Texas Tech having an open date Saturday, the Red Raiders are practicing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. The latter will be the equivalent of a Monday game-week practice to start preparation for Tech’s Sept. 29 home game against Kansas. Players will be off Wednesday for schoolwork and rest and again Friday while coaches scatter to recruit. ... Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday it’s too early to tell whether starting OT Terence Steele (left ankle) will return for the Kansas game.

Red Raiders think freshman running back will benefit from limited role

Da’Leon Ward’s path to playing time at running back appears blocked in the short term, but Texas Tech coaches decided to use the true freshman for what he can bring to special teams.

The Dallas Skyline product tackled a Louisiana Tech kickoff returner at the Bulldogs’ 19-yard line Saturday.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday he thinks Ward’s getting into the fray will help his development, even if his role doesn’t expand this season.

Kingsbury voices discontent with freshman receiver

Freshman flanker T.J. Vasher made a good impression in preseaon practice and played in the season opener, but might have fallen from favor.

Responding Tuesday to a question about the 6-foot-5 wide receiver from Wichita Falls Rider, Kliff Kingsbury said, “He’s got to grow up off the field. His approach isn’t where it needs to be, or anywhere close. Physically, he’s very gifted, but he’s got to grow up.”

Kingsbury said an ankle injury that bothered Vasher early in the season isn’t an issue.

“He’s fully healthy,” Kingsbury said. “He’s just got to mature.”


Kingsbury plans to keep rest of freshman class in redshirt mode

Texas Tech has used 11 true freshmen this season, and that’ll be it, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday, unless injuries dictate otherwise.

That means the Red Raiders will try, from here on out, to redshirt five of the six high-school defensive linemen they signed for 2016. From that group, only defensive tackle Joe Wallace from Dallas Skyline has played.

Be careful what you ask for. That warning comes in handy in sports, too. For quite some time now, several years even, Texas Tech football fans have expressed this wish: If the defense could make just a few stops a game.

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:02pm

Texas Tech safety Keenon Ward will miss a "minimum two weeks," Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said, after he undergoes surgery this week on his injured right arm.

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 4:15pm

Jonathan Giles breaks down eventful three-TD night

Texas Tech inside receiver Jonathan Giles said the team spent two weeks practicing the trick play on which he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass Saturday in a 59-45 win over Louisiana Tech. He said the Red Raiders could’ve used it the week before against Arizona State, but Kliff Kingsbury didn’t break it out.

The play started with Giles going in motion, taking a handoff from Patrick Mahomes II, pitching to inside receiver Cameron Batson and continuing toward the left sideline. Mahomes then flipped a pass to Giles just outside the numbers, and he cut upfield and outran the pursuit.

Derrick Willies played all but 17 snaps, but OK with added workload

Wide receiver Derrick Willies played 62 of Texas Tech’s 79 offensive snaps Saturday. Willies said Monday he didn’t have a problem handling the workload, easily the most he’s played in three games.

“In practice, you get your body ready for it,” he said. “The game’s a lot easier if you go hard in practice.”

The Texas Tech run game wasn't productive. The Red Raiders were 113th in the nation in yards per game and weren't even averaging 4 yards per rush. Enter Demarcus Felton against Louisiana Tech.

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:23pm