The SMU Mustangs enter the 2013 season hot off a 43-10 bowl victory over Fresno State, with the same quarterback in Garrett Gilbert.

August 28, 2013 - 8:50pm

"Raider Power" bellows from Jones AT&T Stadium as the bass from the new video scoreboard shakes the ground. With this kind of volume in the Jones, it's impossible to have a normal conversation.

August 29, 2013 - 12:05am

Terrance Bullitt's takeaways goal for the Texas Tech football team sounds awfully ambitious. "Well, our motto's 'Worst to First,'" the senior linebacker said. "That's the goal we're reaching.

August 27, 2013 - 10:19pm

Texas Tech co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris could play a couple of true freshmen at inside receiver positions this year.

August 27, 2013 - 9:15pm

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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