Texas Tech offensive lineman Tony Morales attempting another comeback this spring

Texas Tech offensive lineman Tony Morales, who has missed each of the last four seasons because of pre-season injuries, is attempting another comeback. The senior from Arlington Houston is working at center and guard this spring as he returns from an August knee injury.

He’s taking part in most everything except 11-on-11 scrimmages.

Backfield doings: Quinton White trying new role, Demarcus Felton turning heads early in spring football

Coming off a season in which he ran for 1,100 yards, senior DeAndre Washington is the focal point of Texas Tech’s rushing offense.

Barring injury, that’s not going to change.

But spring is interesting inasmuch as how backups use the time — and how roles are mapped out for the younger players. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that junior Quinton White is getting some practice time at fullback.

And Kingsbury and Washington both talked up redshirt freshman Demarcus Felton.

With four roles, Texas Tech sophomore Cameron Batson is a busy man this spring

Cameron Batson is a man wearing many hats this spring. The Tech sophomore is the first-string punt-return specialist and backing up senior Jakeem Grant at “H” inside receiver. 

Beyond that, he’s being used as the extra option in five-receiver formations and as the holder on placement kicks — both jobs held last year by seniors.

“He’s real smooth,” special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini said. “He was a quarterback in high school. Kickers have really liked the way he’s done it (held on placement kicks).”

Receiver Bradley Marquez was the holder last season.

Chiaverini says Texas Tech punter Taylor Symmank pushing to be placekicker, too

Texas Tech special teams coordinator Darrin Chiaverini would rather two guys handle the team’s punter and placekicker jobs.

But if Taylor Symmank can persuade Chiaverini otherwise, more power to him.

Chiaverini said Monday that Symmank has looked good in his bid to replace kicker Ryan Bustin, a 2014 senior, while continuing as the Red Raiders’ punter.

“I’ve been impressed with the way the ball pops off his foot as a placekicker,” Chiaverini said. “I always knew he had a big leg as a punter and a kickoff guy, but I’ve been impressed. He’ll have an opportunity.”

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March 7, 2015 - 9:43pm

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said before the start of spring football practice that Davis Webb would be allowed to take part to the extent he felt comfortable, the expectation being that would be quite a bit. So far, so good.

March 5, 2015 - 9:05pm

Rodney Blackshear, a star receiver and kick returner for Texas Tech from 1987-91, has been named the head football coach at Trinity Christian School in Lubbock, according to a news release from Trinity.

March 5, 2015 - 6:52pm

David Gibbs, Mike Smith discuss Tech defensive ends, which young player looks promising

Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith says he expects seniors Branden Jackson and Pete Robertson to be the best pair of defensive ends in the Big 12 next season. Behind them, sophomore Gary Moore has shown up the best through three spring practices.

“Gary Moore’s probably been the most productive kid out there right now so far,” Smith said. “He’s just got to gain weight. He’s 7 feet tall and 200 pounds.”

Two-sport athlete Patrick Mahomes to miss football workout for baseball road trip this weekend

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said before spring that quarterback Patrick Mahomes would be at every spring football practice. A cold snap in Lubbock fouled that up.

Kingsbury said Wednesday that Mahomes will go with the Tech baseball team for this weekend’s series at Cal State Fullerton, causing him to miss the next football workout scheduled for Saturday — one that wasn’t on the original schedule.

Davis Webb this spring: So far, so good

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said before the start of spring football practice that Davis Webb would be allowed to take part to the extent he felt comfortable, the expectation being that would be quite a bit.

So far, so good.

Kingsbury said Wednesday the junior quarterback had participated in all three of the Red Raiders’ spring football practices so far.