Texas Tech's pre-practice team meeting on Wednesday turned out to be anything but routine for Talor Nunez. The sophomore defensive lineman from Midland Lee was told in front of the team he'd been placed on scholarship.

August 12, 2015 - 10:30pm

Red Raiders linebackers coach Spavital training both at all three linebacker positions

August 12, 2015 - 9:09pm

Lee Hays has some hope for second-unit line, one of Tech's major question marks

Texas Tech’s second-team offensive line — a big question mark — currently consists of left tackle Madison Akamnonu, left guard Emeka Okafor, center Tony Morales, right guard Robert Castaneda and right tackle Terence Steele, line coach Lee Hays said Wednesday.

Akamnonu and Steele are true freshman. Castaneda’s a redshirt freshman, Okafor a graduate transfer from Houston and Morales a fifth-year senior who’s never played because of injuries.

Kingsbury singles out one offensive player, one defensive player as early camp standouts

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday singled out flanker Dylan Cantrell and noseguard Rika Levi as early standouts in preseason drills.

Cantrell’s been vying with fellow junior Reginald Davis for the starting flanker job.

“He was solid last year,” Kingsbury said, “but he’s really taken that next step and made a ton of big plays. We’ve been very pleased with him.”

The 6-foot-2 Levi has dropped his weight to the current 325 pounds — 75 less than what he once weighed in junior college and down from the 348 to 350 at which he played last season.

Emotional day for Texas Tech walk-on who goes on scholarship

Texas Tech’s pre-practice team meeting on Wednesday turned out to be anything but routine for Talor Nunez. 

The sophomore defensive lineman from Midland Lee was told in front of the team he’d been placed on scholarship. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury highlighted top classroom performers from the summer II session, then showed a practice clip of Nunez.

“He was just pointing out positive things,” Nunez said, “and out of nowhere — it was kind of like a left hook — he said, ‘And on top of that, you’re on scholarship.’”

Downtrodden group will be 'different creatures,' Smith says

August 11, 2015 - 9:47pm

Devin Lauderdale caught seven touchdown passes last season, all in the last seven games and most of them on deep throws.

August 10, 2015 - 11:02pm

Editor's Note: The Avalanche-Journal is counting down Texas Tech's all-time best at each position as the Red Raiders' 1,000th game approaches on Sept. 5.

August 10, 2015 - 7:50pm

Editor's Note: The Avalanche-Journal is counting down Texas Tech's all-time best at each position as the Red Raiders' 1,000th game approaches on Sept. 5.

August 11, 2015 - 4:47pm

Patrick Mahomes didn’t think he had much chance of unseating Davis Webb as Texas Tech’s starting quarterback at this time last year, so he didn’t knock himself out to work hard in preseason practice.

August 9, 2015 - 10:49pm