From Prep to Pro!, EST 2001
Bookmark and Share


  Draft Scout by Conference











 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Texas Tech
Previous 15 Notes Next 15 Notes


  For Cade Briggs, this particular month of preseason football practice might come with more challenges than those confronting many of his Texas Tech teammates. The transfer from New Mexico joined the team seven months ago with the idea of immediately competing for a starting job at a wide-open position. The center spot is new to him in a lot of ways, and then a week before spring practice started Briggs suffered a wrist injury that required surgery. So when the Red Raiders started August workouts on Friday, Briggs had ground to cover: one, familiarizing himself with the demands of center; two, catching up in a competition that he didn't get to be part of during spring practice.

Months ago, there was an expectation that the job was Briggs' after all, he'd started at left tackle the past two years at UNM. With Briggs out, Dennis Wilburn made coaches consider another option. The 6-3, 320-pound senior from Aldine Nimitz impressed Tech coach Joey McGuire, who repeatedly used the words "tough" and "toughness" to describe how Wilburn came out of spring football atop the depth chart. Briggs remains confident after playing guard and tackle most his career. "Going back inside where the space is limited I feel very confident." - Lubbock Avalanche


rJr/2024 C Cade BriggsTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche
Share/Comment: Here


  After overcoming a debilitating concussion last season and online/off campus challenges this spring, Texas Tech Linebacker Kosi Eldridge is gearing up for his last year of college football in 2022. Eldridge has three years of Big 12 experience, he is in the two-deep for Joey McGuire's team and his head is clear again. The latter is no small consideration, given that Eldridge wouldn't wish his last three months of 2021 on someone else. The play that sidelined him last October was so brutal he doesn't remember it except what he sees on film. "I don't watch it anymore," he said, "but I didn't know what happened. So I watched the play on film the next day to see what happened." The 6-foot, 233-pound Denton Ryan product returned four Saturdays later. He made a couple of tackles against Oklahoma, a couple more against Iowa State. And when the Red Raiders routed Mississippi State in the season-ending Liberty Bowl, he made a tackle and caused a fumble. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

rSr/2023 OLB Kosi EldridgeTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here


  New Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire has announced is targeting about two weeks out from the Sept. 3 opener against Murray State to name a starting quarterback. "You know, I want to get to two scrimmages," McGuire said. "We've had a good spring now. They're way ahead in the playbook. And so there's no excuses." Senior Tyler Shough, who won the job last season after transferring from Oregon only to get injured four games into the season, is competing with sophomore Donovan Smith and redshirt freshman Behren Morton. Smith started Tech's final four games including the Liberty Bowl win over Mississippi State. - Dallas Morning News

rSr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
News Source: Dallas Morning News
Share/Comment: Here


  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech, Senior LB,...Wilson developed into a key piece of the Texas Tech defense in his second year as a Red Raider in 2021, setting the tone as the team leader for both tackles for loss and sacks a year ago. He finished with 38 tackles on the season (26 solo), with 13.5 for a loss and 7.0 sacks marking easily the most productive season of his collegiate career thus far. He was named an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the regular season and went on to earn the Defensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and was recognized on the Associated Press All-Bowl Team for his performance in the Red Raiders' bowl game versus Mississippi State. - Texas Tech Football

rSr/2023 DE Tyree WilsonTexas Tech
News Source: Texas Tech Football
Share/Comment: Here


  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Myles Price, Texas Tech,...Price, one of 52 multi-talented college football players named to the 2022 watch list, is the Red Raiders' 2021 leader in all-purpose yards among returning players from last year's squad. As a sophomore, he racked up 643 all-purpose yards – tallying 523 receiving, 83 rushing, and 37 punt return yards. He garnered watch list attention for the Hornung Award last preseason following his true freshman campaign. In his two seasons, Price has totaled 1,131 all-purpose yards behind 488 in his freshman season. - Texas Tech Football

Jr/2024 WR Myles PriceTexas Tech
News Source: Texas Tech Football
Share/Comment: Here


  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: OT Cole Spencer, Texas Tech,...Spencer joined the Red Raiders from Western Kentucky where he was a first-team All-Conference USA offensive lineman in 2021. He arrived in Lubbock in June for his final season of eligibility, which reunited him with his former position coach Texas Tech offensive line coach Stephen Hamby and his former coordinator in Zach Kittley. - Texas Tech Football

rSr/2023 OG Cole SpencerTexas Tech
News Source: Texas Tech Football
Share/Comment: Here


  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Austin McNamara - Texas Tech,...McNamara (6-4, 195) is listed as a place kicker in the Texas Tech online bio, but stats show he kicked off once for 75 yards while really making his name as a punter with a whopping average of 46.3 yards, including 48.2 last season (2021). Against Oklahoma State he set the all-time FBS record for most punts of at least 50 yards in one game, with eight. Only five of his 42 punts last season were touchbacks. In 2020 McNamara averaged 46.3 yards and lofted a career-high 87-yarder, the longest in school history. In 2019 her served notice that he should be on all watch lists as he averaged 45 yards with a long of 60 as he was the first freshman at Texas Tech to make All-Big 12 since wide receiver Michael Crabtree in 2007. At Highland High in Gilbert, AZ, McNamara average 42.6 yards per punt as a senior, drilled 12 field goals (including 45-yarder) and made all 63 of his PAT kicks. - Texas Tech Football

rJr/2024 P Austin McNamaraTexas Tech
News Source: Texas Tech Football
Share/Comment: Here


  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: BAYLOR CUPP, TEXAS TECH,...Cupp joined the Red Raiders this summer from Texas A&M where he appeared in 10 games one season ago. In his third season as an Aggie, Cupp made his collegiate debut in the third game of this past season after injuries held him out over his first two seasons. Cupp was the No. 1 tight end recruit in the country for the 2019 class by 247Sports and the No. 2 prospect by Rivals upon signing out of high school. He was ranked 16th among recruits nationally and second among those in the state of Texas by 247Sports that year. - Texas Tech Football

rJr/2024 TE Baylor CuppTexas Tech
News Source: Texas Tech Football
Share/Comment: Here


  When state laws and the NCAA made it legal last year for college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, a University of Miami supporter fired one of the first attention-getting shots. Dan Lambert offered $500 a month to any Hurricanes scholarship football player in exchange for promoting the American Top Team mixed martial arts academy he founded, an annual outlay of more than $500,000 if everyone opted in. Now Texas Tech football players can sign up to make four times that amount.

The Matador Club, a non-profit collective organized by Texas Tech donors, plans this week to sign 100 Red Raiders football players each to one-year, $25,000 contracts. Cody Campbell, a founding member of the Matador Club board of directors, said all 85 scholarship players and 15 of the top walk-ons will be covered under the agreements. In return, they'll be expected to do community service and charitable work around Lubbock and, in the future, possibly other West Texas cities. Campbell said payments to players will be made monthly beginning the first week of August, and the community service endeavors will continue throughout the next year. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

rSr/2023 DE Tyree WilsonTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here



  Tech fans watched Tyree Wilson look like a man among boys in the first game of his Tech career, against Texas in the 2020 conference opener, and they saw him flash dominance again in the last game of the 2021 season when he was named the Red Raiders' defensive outstanding player of the game. They just need to see the dominance on a week-in, week-out basis. NFL scouts will be paying close attention to Wilson this year, his fourth season in college, so this should be the year he puts it all together. No reason he can't be the first Tech player with double-digit sacks since Pete Robertson in 2014. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

rSr/2023 DE Tyree WilsonTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here


  Texas Tech announced the largest investment into its football program to date on Monday as the athletics department unveiled plans for an approximately $200 million facilities project. The school plans to construct a new, four-story south end zone building in Jones AT&T Stadium, connecting via skybridge to the Sports Performance Center and the newly planned Womble Football Center. The project will be largely funded through private fundraising and annual athletics department revenue streams, the school said.

Pending approval from the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, the project is slated for groundbreaking immediately following the 2022 football season, with plans to open prior to the 2024 season. "This is an historic day as we announce our intentions to construct what will be the premier football facility in the Big 12 Conference and nationally," Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "This facility, when completed, will not take a backseat to any other school in the country. We have received tremendous interest from many of our supporters regarding this project and anticipate that continuing as we get closer to officially breaking ground. "Our intent is to be the top athletics department in the country. As we look into the long-term future of college athletics, this project will set the stage for what we anticipate as decades of success on the gridiron for our Red Raiders." - Dallas Morning News


rSr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
News Source: Dallas Morning News
Share/Comment: Here


  When Texas Tech gives up a big pass play this coming season, inexperience in the secondary won't be a reason. The Red Raiders' two-deep has eight defensive backs with 154 starts among them in major-college football, including five with at least 20. That's not to say all is rosy: Tech ranked 119th in the FBS in pass defense during a 7-6 season last year, but the Red Raiders also had three of the top six in the Big 12 in passes defended and two of the three return. When preseason practice starts next month, they'll open with Rayshad Williams at boundary cornerback, Reggie Pearson at boundary safety, Dadrion Taylor-Demerson at free safety, Marquis Waters at nickel and Adrian Frye at field corner.

The corners rotation is a small circle. Malik Dunlap is the top backup for both Williams and Frye, Tech coach Joey McGuire said in late June. Williams often was assigned to the opponent's top receiver last season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior from Memphis, Tennessee started full-time and ended the year with 38 tackles and 10 pass breakups. "One of the big things I wanted him to be was more physical in tackling," McGuire said, "and I thought he really came on in the spring. "Adrian out of that group is the one that's the most consistent. He's old and has played football, has a good head on his shoulders. He'll be part of our leadership committee. He's the one that's most consistent on a daily basis of who he is." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


rSr/2023 CB Rayshad WilliamsTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here


  Texas Tech was picked ninth in the Big 12 preseason football media poll, which was released on Thursday afternoon. The Red Raiders received 119 points in the poll, which was voted on by media representatives for the conference. They finished ahead of Kansas in the rankings. The Jayhawks came in 10th with 48 points. Baylor received 17 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the poll with 365 points, ending Oklahoma's run on six-straight years as the preseason favorite in the conference.

The Sooners came in second with 12 first-place votes and 354 points. They are followed by Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas State, respectively. Iowa State was sixth, TCU seventh and West Virginia eighth with Texas Tech and Kansas rounding out the projections. Texas Tech kicks off the 2022 season on Sept. 3 with a 7 p.m. home game against Murray State in Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders are entering their first season under head coach Joey McGuire after the team went 7-6 in 2021, closing the campaign with a 34-7 win over Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


rSr/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here


  When it came to special teams during the 2021 college football season, Texas Tech had one of the most potent one-two punches a team could ask for in Austin McNamara and Jonathan Garibay. McNamara averaged 48.2 yards per punt, the highest average in Texas Tech and Big 12 history. Garibay made 15 of 16 field goals, including a pair of late game winners: one for 32 yards at West Virginia and another for 62 yards to vanquish Iowa State. Garibay gave up his last year of eligibility and signed a free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys, leaving the Red Raiders to stage a competition to be his replacement. Better news for Tech on the punter front: McNamara will handle that duty for the Red Raiders for the fourth year in a row, taking a career average of 46.3 yards into 2022. Tech ranked fifth in the FBS last season in net punting - gross yards, less return yards - at 43.98 yards.

rJr/2024 P Austin McNamaraTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here


  Texas Tech offensive coordinator Zach Kittley went into head coach Joey McGuire's office one day in late June and made a declaration: He has to make 13 personnel an option at times this coming season, because the team's tight ends "are three of our best guys." The Raiders are enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by returnees Mason Tharp and Henry Teeter and newly arrived transfer Baylor Cupp from Texas A&M. Tharp is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, Cupp 6-7 and 253, Teeter 6-5 and 240.

"All three have really good hands, they pose a problem for defenses because of their size," McGuire said, "and then the one thing I was really happy about with Mason is how physical he became during spring. He was a lot more physical from the beginning to the end." Tech operated almost exclusively in 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end) during the 2019 and 2020 seasons with David Yost as offensive coordinator. Last year, with Sonny Cumbie calling the offense, the Red Raiders continued to deploy mostly 11-personnel, but mixing in a good bit of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends). Of the three Tech tight ends who played regularly last season, two-year starter Travis Koontz graduated, Tharp and Teeter are back and Cupp can be a replacement of sorts for Koontz. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


rJr/2024 TE Baylor CuppTexas Tech
News Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Share/Comment: Here

Previous 15 Notes Next 15 Notes






 BACK TO TOP

 Texas Tech Football Videos

 Buy Draft Scout Weekly


** Draft Scout Data **

(Everything Online PLUS)

 Support Draft Scout

The Database Engine for NFLDraftScout.com, Draft Scout is being repurposed...Support the Future Development of ScoutNation.com...

 




 Draft Scout Archives


** 2010-2022 Draft Scout Archives **

(Yearly Player Data Exports, Prospect Lists & More)

 

 Draft Scout Future

100% Dedicated and Never Done
80% Innovated
45% Hidden
35% Built

Synergization