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.