Red Raiders get starting lineman back from knee sprain

Texas Tech will get starting left guard Alfredo Morales back from a knee sprain this week that caused him to miss nearly two full games.

The junior from Arlington Houston practiced Tuesday.

Morales’ presence means the Red Raiders can back away from a dangerous ledge depth-wise. Tech has four upperclassmen guards with starting experience — Morales, Baylen Brown, James Polk and Dominique Robertson, but went into last week’s game with Morales and Robertson (concussion) sidelined.

True freshman Justin Murphy was the next option, but coaches don’t want to use him this year.

Tech scholarship offensive lineman practices on other side to help defensive line

Texas Tech offensive tackle Josh Outlaw practiced Tuesday at defensive tackle. It was his first day there.

Offensive line coach Lee Hays said the move was to add depth and linked to defensive lineman Demetrius Alston’s getting hurt in the Red Raiders’ 37-34 loss Saturday to West Virginia.

Hays was asked if it is just an emergency, short-term move.

West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert's game-winning field goal last Saturday capped a major Texas Tech collapse. It might have also ended Tech's chance of making a bowl game.

October 13, 2014 - 10:29pm

Texas Tech interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith said he's made a change in position-coach responsibilities.

October 13, 2014 - 10:41pm

Smith loves that eight defensive starters played about 100 plays, but looking for more support

Texas Tech defensive coordinator Mike Smith planned to have eight of his players stand up at the front of the defensive meeting room before Monday’s practice.

For what? To recogniize the guys who played close to or more than 100 plays in Saturday’s 37-34 loss to West Virginia and to call out the backups for not engendering enough confidence among coaches to give the workhorses a break.

West Virginia ran 94 plays. Throw in special teams, on which Darrin Chiaverini uses a lot of starters, and it took some Tech defensive players to more than 100.

Notes from Texas Tech's Monday press conference

Here are some quick bullet points from Texas Tech’s weekly Monday football press conference. I’ll have more in-depth notes later on several of the following items.

-- Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t expect the way Tech lost Saturday to West Virginia — blowing a 14-point lead late, then losing on a 55-yard field goal as time ran out — to affect how the Red Raiders bounce back.

“It’s a pretty resilient group,” Kingsbury said. “They better be motivated and from what I can tell, they are.”

-- Kingsbury said senior Bradley Marquez “is the one constant” in the receivers corps.

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October 13, 2014 - 2:00pm

The loss was deflating. It was the longest kick in the history of West Virginia football. And it just happened to be against Texas Tech and just happened to win the game, 37-34 on Saturday.

October 12, 2014 - 8:15pm

Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb aggravated an injured left ankle with about 12 minutes left in the Red Raiders' 37-34 loss Saturday to West Virginia.

October 11, 2014 - 10:35pm