Red Raider legacy 'will knock the heck out of you,' 'really a violent kid'

One of Texas Tech's preferred walk-ons is Braden Marusak, a son of former Red Raiders defensive back Dean Marusak who lettered from 1985-88. Braden Marusak was first-team all-District 3-4A for Amarillo in 2012 and second-team all-District 3-4A last year.

He’s listed at 6-3, 192 pounds and learning the Raider outside linebacker spot. He played safety for the Sandies.

Red Raiders start training heralded Ohio State transfer at middle linebacker

Tech coaches will evaluate Ohio State transfer Mike Mitchell at middle linebacker as he begins his time with the Red Raiders.

Mitchell was ranked a top-10 recruit in Texas and a top-60 player in the nation by 247Sports.com when he signed with Ohio State in February 2013. The Plano Prestonwood Christian graduate redshirted last season and transferred to Tech in June to be back closer to home.

Mitchell is sitting out this season, so coaches have plenty of time to decide where they want to use him.

Josh Outlaw plays tackle, but it might be him against the guards for playing time

The next few weeks are important for Texas Tech’s Josh Outlaw. What he shows in preseason practice will determine whether he’s a genuine, game-time backup early this season or just No. 2 on the depth chart.

Outlaw, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound redshirt freshman, is Tech’s second-string left tackle behind newcomer Dominique Robertson. But should Robertson or right tackle Reshod Fortenberry get hurt in a game, it’s likely line coach Lee Hays would move right guard Le’Raven Clark outside and tap his surplus of guards.

Texas Tech vs. Texas now a sell out (Talbot blog)

Texas Tech’s match-up against Texas on Nov. 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium has sold out, marking the earliest sellout of a game in school history, the university annouced in a news release Wednesday. 

 

The final remaining tickets were purchased on Wednesday morning and fans wanting Texas tickets are now being directed to Vivid Seats, the official ticket reseller for Texas Tech Athletics.

Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks and his wife, Meredith, had their third child on May 21, a son they named Tristan. The newborn, along with the Jinkses' 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, has made the Tech coach introspective.

August 5, 2014 - 10:20pm

Covering college football for nearly 30 years, I've seen it happen over and over: Many fans form an opinion of a player based on the reputation he carried as a recruit and stick to that opinion no matter what.

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Tech assistant becomes a dad again, says it's had a profound effect

Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks and his wife, Meredith, had their third child on May 21, a son they named Tristan.

The newborn, along with the Jinkses’ 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, has made the Tech coach introspective.

“I started late,” said Jinks, who is 42. “Most guys my age have kids playing in high school, making their way to college. I’ve got little ones at home and, really, it’s given me, over the last couple of years, a different perspective.

Tech has 100-plus tickets left for November home game with Texas

As of late afternoon Tuesday, Texas Tech had about 100 tickets left on sale for the Red Raiders’ Nov. 1 home game against Texas.

The tickets are in section 13 at the north end of Jones AT&T Stadium.

Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Texas returned 500 tickets of its allotment and did not need 1,300 tickets Tech had reserved for the Showband of the Southwest, because it’s bringing only a pep band. Nearly all those 1,800 tickets have already been sold, Beal said.