August 27, 2013 - 9:40pm

Tech co-DC high on camp performances from Barnes, Jenkins

Co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith can foresee a day when Zach Barnes and Malik Jenkins are key players on the Texas Tech defense. When asked Tuesday which newcomers have a chance to help early, Smith said those two have stood out in preseason practice.

Barnes, who Tech lists at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, has moved from Tech’s “bandit” outside linebacker to defensive end. The freshman from Loganville, Ga., is learning behind senior Dartwan Bush and sophomore Branden Jackson. Jenkins, listed at 6-2 and 205, is a middle linebacker.

Fortenberry to open at right tackle for Red Raiders

Rashad Fortenberry will start at right tackle in the season opener, Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays said, after finally getting enough time in training camp to win the job. The 6-foot-5, 297-pound senior missed most of spring practice with an ankle injury and the start of August workouts coming back from meniscus surgery.

“Right now, Rashad’s starting to come on,” Hays said Tuesday. “I’m excited about how much he’s improved. I’ve gotten a chance to see him get after it a little bit. He was hurt the first half of camp, really, but I’m excited about him.”

Freshmen receivers Thompson, Cantrell traveling, could play at SMU

Texas Tech co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris could play a couple of true freshmen at inside receiver positions this year. The “H” and “Y” inside receiver spots both are two-deep with returnees, but February signees Dylan Cantrell from Whitehouse and Carlos Thompson from Manvel will travel for the SMU game, Morris indicated Tuesday, and are being prepared to play.

The 5-foot-9, 173-pound Thompson was a low-profile recruit despite a 67-catch, 1,400-yard senior season at a Class 5A high school. He could get some snaps behind Jakeem Grant and Sadale Foster.

Texas Tech wasn't the only program to hire an acclaimed passing-game coach during the offseason.

August 26, 2013 - 3:33pm

Four former Texas Tech football players were among the first round of training camp cuts made over the weekend.

August 26, 2013 - 10:16am

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury continues to stick to his guns in not publicly naming a starting quarterback. Not only that, Tech did not release a depth chart Monday and plans to release only one all season - after the season opener at SMU.

August 26, 2013 - 11:12pm

Texas Tech head coach talks about coming back to Lubbock, upcoming season

August 24, 2013 - 10:37pm