Takeaways continue to be a focus for the Red Raiders

Though he’s been billed as an offensive guru, Kliff Kingsbury hasn’t become too discouraged this spring when he sees his offense turn the ball over.

In his mind, that means a defense that struggled mightily to produce takeaways last season is moving in the right direction.

The Red Raiders were 118th out of 120 bowl championship subdivision teams in producing turnovers in 2012, coming up with only 11 all season.

The Red Raiders look to land a quarterback in the 2014 class soon, and they are already working to get an early start for 2015.

April 4, 2013 - 5:04pm

The Red Raiders are in great standing with an offensive lineman committed to another Big 12 school. A second trip to Lubbock is already in the works.

April 3, 2013 - 4:03pm

Chris Payne played in nine Texas Tech games last year, mostly on special teams, in his first season after arriving from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. But he's making the most of the evaluation period that comes with a new coaching staff.

April 2, 2013 - 10:01pm

Texas Tech didn't need Rashad Fortenberry to come in and make a quick impact last fall, which is a good thing because he spent much of his first season injured. The outlook in year two is altogether different.

April 2, 2013 - 10:40pm

Jackson, Robertson waging tight competition for Tech bandit linebacker spot

Sophomores Branden Jackson and Pete Robertson are jostling back and forth to be first team at Tech’s bandit position, which is an outside linebacker in the 3-4 and a defensive end in the 4-3.

“Both those guys have extremely bright futures,” said co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who coaches the outside linebackers.

Jackson’s the bigger of the two at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds. The 6-3 Robertson is trying to get back to 230, his playing weight last year, though he’s the more athletic of the two. 

Smith: Tech's smallest linebacker has been best in spring practice

Chris Payne played in nine Texas Tech games last year, mostly on special teams, in his first season after arriving from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. But he’s making the most of the evaluation period that comes with a new coaching staff.

Co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith raved about Payne on Tuesday after the Red Raiders wrapped up their sixth session of spring practice.

Mount Pleasant wide receiver KD Cannon, rated the top wide receiver in Texas, and fourth in the nation by 247Sports, hopes to attend Texas Tech's spring game.

April 2, 2013 - 6:52pm

After returning kicks for TDs in back-to-back games to end last season, the sophomore has stood out early in spring camp

March 29, 2013 - 9:36pm

Undersized sophomore thinks productive LB play will translate

March 29, 2013 - 9:01pm