Kingsbury and Morris have developed a tight bond, even if their careers as Texas Tech players didn't overlap.

August 4, 2014 - 5:56pm

Kingsbury said the first practice of 2014 was "much smoother" than last year's.

August 4, 2014 - 3:57pm

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August 4, 2014 - 11:04pm

Red Raiders out of the blocks with first preseason practice

Texas Tech went through its first workout of the preseason Monday in pleasant early evening conditions. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury reiterated that an NCAA rule change allowing coaches to provide two hours of weekly instruction to players makes a difference.

“It was good, spirited,” Kingsbury said. “We moved around pretty good. We can tell this summer, being able to meet with them really helped. They were following along a lot better than last year. That’s encouraging.”

Tech lineman could miss season with shoulder injury

Texas Tech guard Cody Hayes is expected to miss significant time and possibly the season with a shoulder injury he suffered during summer weight training, line coach Lee Hays said Monday.

If the injury requires surgery, Hayes would be out for the year.

Losing Hayes doesn’t significantly hurt the team’s depth, given that he’s a young player not in the two-deep and the team has five or six solid options at guard. But Tech coaches like the 6-foot-4, 306-pound redshirt freshman from Fort Worth Western Hills.

Smaller backs could change Texas Tech approach in running game

The look of Texas Tech’s rushing game could change somewhat this year, given that smaller, shiftier backs are likely to get a lot higher percentage of the carries.

With two-time rushing leader Kenny Williams expected to play defense primarily, junior DeAndre Washington becomes the feature back with sophomore Quinton White and freshman signees Justin Stockton and Demarcus Felton vying for time.

None weigh more than about 200 pounds, a big difference from the 228-pound Williams.

Overheard at Texas Tech Media Day "I know this isn't a YMCA. I know this is the Big 12, big-time Division I football." - Quarterback Davis Webb on the competition with Pat Mahomes "I am not even going to play. I am on the ping pong table.

August 3, 2014 - 11:04pm

Texas Tech's most talked-about newcomer, junior-college noseguard Rika Levi, has shed about 30 pounds in the last several months.

August 3, 2014 - 11:01pm

Gaines couldn't wait to get back to playing safety after an injury, and Ward couldn't talk his way out of it.

August 3, 2014 - 10:55pm