Hatfield tries to improve on accurate first season
Clayton Hatfield’s presence among all the blue-chip recruits at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl did little to stir up recruiting interest in the kicker from Boerne Champion.
So much the better for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders got him to walk on two years ago and reaped the benefits last season when Hatfield made 14 of 16 field goals as a redshirt freshman.
He wound up with a scholarship to boot.
Note: Team is limited to 105 players who can work out before school starts.
No. Name Pos. Height Weight Class-Exp. Hometown/High school
1 Quan Shorts FL 6-2 195 Fr-RS Atascocita
2 Reginald Davis FL 6-0 185 Sr-3L Tenaha
2 Tevin Madison DB 5-10 175 Jr-2L Fayette County, Ala.
3 D.J. Polite-Bray CB 6-0 195 Jr-2L Lithonia, Ga., MLK
4 Breiden Fehoko DT 6-3 295 So-1L Honolulu Farrington
4 Justin Stockton RB 5-10 200 Jr-2L Cibolo Steele
Coaches impressed by wide receiver's summer work ethic
Texas Tech’s happy to have back one of its biggest playmakers from the last two football seasons, and Devin Lauderdale’s grateful to be back.
The Tech wide receiver spent six lonely months away from the program after being suspended from the university at the end of the fall semester. That meant he missed the Texas Bowl, played in his hometown. He missed spring practice.
Really, he missed everything.
Two freshmen, two sophomores compete for line's fifth spot
Left guard might feature the biggest help-wanted sign on the Texas Tech football team at the moment.
Sure, some other positions lack returning starters. But the other vacancies at least have candidates who have played in games for the Red Raiders (inside receiver Cameron Batson, to name one), or young guys who have been lauded (right tackle Terence Steele, for example) or transfers who’ve won favor (linebacker Luke Stice).
Defensive end Kaleb Hill, who transferred from Boise State, and defensive back Willie Sykes, who transferred from Arkansas, both are on Texas Tech’s 105-man preseason roster.
Sykes is a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore from Spring. Hill is a 6-1, 227-pound sophomore from Schertz Clemens. Sykes got into 12 games last year and was credited with nine tackles. He played safety in 2015, and moved to cornerback during the Razorbacks’ spring practice.
Lightning in the area delayed the start of Texas Tech’s first preseason practice for 40 minutes Monday. The Red Raiders were scheduled to go at 4 p.m. and were pushed back to 4:40 p.m.
“Looking forward to that indoor, for sure,” Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said afterward. “I guess that’s about three times this summer we’ve been affected, but it’s part of it. I thought our kids handled it well.”
Texas Tech's Houston Miller posted a photo Monday on Twitter of a mattress in front of his locker with the words, “Why go back to your room when you can just sleep at the facility?”
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was unaware if the freshman defensive end actually slept in the locker room at the Tech Football Training Facility the night before practice started, but doesn’t mind if he did.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury sported a new look at his post-practice press conference Monday, donning a wide-brimmed hat.
“Lots of sun damage,” he said. “Needed to keep the youthful exuberance. Had to protect it (the face).”
Kingsbury seldom wears anything atop his head and only a visor when he does. He said he put on the hat on a recommendation.
As Kliff Kingsbury starts his fourth season as Texas Tech football coach, the Red Raiders can look at some of their Big 12 rivals and see reasons for hope.
The recently fired Art Briles went 15-22 through three seasons at Baylor, then 10-3 in year four to start a stretch of double-digit victory totals four times in five seasons. Mike Gundy went 18-19 through three seasons at Oklahoma State, then went 9-4 in years four and five and posted double-digit win totals four times in the following six seasons.
Eric Morris’ prediction on Texas Tech’s receiving leader this season might surprise people: It’s someone who played receiver for the first time last year and caught 15 passes.
“My guess was Jonathan Giles the other day to coach Kliff Kingsbury,” the Red Raiders’ offensive coordinator said.
Texas Tech and Oregon have agreed on a two-game, home-and-home football series, according to an announcement Monday.
The games are scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023, in Lubbock and Sept. 7, 2024, in Eugene, Oregon.
The two schools met twice previously, Oregon winning 28-13 in 1991 at Jones Stadium and 16-13 in 1992 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce plans to host the 2016 Texas Tech Football Kickoff Breakfast on Aug. 31 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
The event begins with serving lines opening at 6:45 a.m., and the program beginning at 7 a.m. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech football head coach, will attend the breakfast.
Tickets are $45, or $35 for chamber members. Tables of eight can be purchased for $400 and $550 (this price includes sponsor recognition benefits).
Not that Patrick Mahomes II needs higher expectations. They’re Andes steep already. But former NFL quarterback/now ESPN analyst Brock Huard stoked the publicity fires for Texas Tech’s QB the other day.
On ESPN’s College Football Live, Huard said, “I love raw goods. What my eyes have seen the last couple of years, especially last season, in Patrick Mahomes is rare stuff. I think he’s the most physically gifted quarterback going into next season in college football.”
Earlier this week, we told you about Texas Tech getting rid of the concrete Double-T at the north end of Jones Stadium to make room for new loge boxes going in before the start of football season.
In that story, Tech senior associate athletic director Robert Giovannetti noted the longtime landmark and the grassy area in which it sat would be replaced by artificial turf containing the newer, modern Double-T emblem.
Texas Tech sophomore defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko was named to the watch list for the Polynesian college football player of the year award, the Polynesian Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
Fehoko, a native of Honolulu, is one of 38 players nationally named to the watch list and one of two from the Big 12 Conference, the other being Oklahoma offensive lineman Dru Samia.
The award, which is in its third year, is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player who epitomizes great ability and integrity.