Kennard could sit
Texas Tech figures to redshirt wide receiver Marcus Kennard, a highly touted junior-college transfer who has battled injuries during his first year on campus. Kennard missed about half of spring practice with turf toe, and head coach Tommy Tuberville said Kennard’s been slowed by a sore back in August.
Second-semester freshman Derek Edwards also is likely to redshirt, offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Monday.
“Both of them need to get stronger and get in the weight room,” Brown said, “so we’ll probably redshirt both of those guys.”
The offensive staff moved seniors Tramain Swindall and Jacoby Franks to split end. Coming out of spring, that spot had only six career catches among a top three of Eric Ward, Kennard and Edwards. Ward has been out the last week and a half with a concussion.
Brown said Darrin Moore and true freshman Bradley Marquez look like the 1-2 at the other outside spot, and redshirt freshman Shawn Corker would be a swing man between the two outside receiver positions.
Another true freshman, Jakeem Grant, also could wind up redshirting, though that’s less established. Grant is regarded as perhaps the team’s quickest player, but he’s had a sprained wrist and has experienced inside receivers in front of him.
“Would like to play him,” Brown said. “If we had to make a call on it today, he’d probably redshirt. But he can definitely play himself out of that.”
Doege gets nod
Texas Tech on Monday named Seth Doege its starting quarterback. The announcement from head coach Tommy Tuberville after Monday’s workout came as no surprise. Doege got the majority of snaps with the first team in the spring and was coming off a 20-for-24 performance in the team’s scrimmage on Saturday.
“Seth Doege, right now, is going to be our starter,” Tuberville said. “Everybody pretty much knows that. That could change, depending on how he practices.
“We pretty much figured he’d be the guy that gets the reins early. But I want to keep the pressure on him and give the other guys a chance to throw their hat in the ring.”
Tuberville said Doege will get most of the snaps with the first team and Jacob Karam most of the snaps with the second team leading up to Tech’s Sept. 3 season opener against Texas State.
Going with youth
Defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow says he’s prepared to go with two true freshmen among his top four linebackers. Freshman Blake Dees is the No. 1 strong-side linebacker, Glasgow said, and freshman Sam Eguavoen is the top backup to middle linebacker Cqulin Hubert.
“He’s a kid that goes out and communicates well,” Glasgow said of Dees. “He’s going to play hard. He’s lost a little bit of weight from the spring. He’s running better. He’s a tough kid.
“But the biggest deal is, he’s doing a great job of communicating and getting us lined up, and if we can go get lined up we’re going to have a chance.”
Neither Dees nor Eguavoen was a highly touted recruit. Dees at least had spring practice with the Raiders. Eguavoen has forced his way into the picture just this month.
“He’s got good quickness and speed,” head coach Tommy Tuberville said. “He plays aggressive, has instincts.”
Now Dees just needs a backup. That seems wide open among senior Tyrone Sonier, sophomore Daniel Cobb and junior Tanner Foster. Glasgow said Sonier did well lately until he suffered an Achilles tendon injury Saturday that will sideline him for a few days.
Zach Winbush, who ended spring as the top backup, has taken a step back, Glasgow said.
Foster, a walk-on with limited game experience, has taken a step forward.
“Foster came in (the scrimmage Saturday) and really did some good things, for not having any reps during the spring or during fall camp,” Glasgow said. “He made a few plays, pretty well, talked and communicated. If he continues to do that, he’ll find himself playing more.”
Coming out of Saturday’s scrimmage, Tech has moved freshman Pete Robertson from No. 2 free safety to No. 2 strong safety, bumping down senior Jared Flannel. Coaches are also looking at Giorgio Durham and Happiness Osunde to back up starting free safety D.J. Johnson.
“Probably the biggest (questions) out there are the second strong safety right now, the second free safety and still finding some depth at the (strong-side) linebacker position,” defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow said.
Compiled by Don Williams