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  07/04/20 - Taurean HendersonSr/2006, Texas Tech, 5-09, 204 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  Former Texas Tech running back Taurean Henderson was arrested June 18 on five felony charges related to an unsuccessful law-enforcement chase three months before of a car Henderson was driving. The Gatesville Messenger, Henderson's hometown newspaper, reported Wednesday that he was in the Coryell County Jail late last week on bonds totaling $160,000. Henderson, 37, was not listed on the active jail roster Friday afternoon. The Messenger reported he was charged with two counts of evading arrest/detention with a vehicle and three counts of attempted aggravated assault against a public servant. He was arrested June 18 in Houston by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#12 RB) Sr/2006 RB Taurean HendersonTexas Tech
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  07/03/20 - Caden LeggettrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Lubbock police over the weekend arrested a Texas Tech football player after he reportedly admitted to racing his vehicle in South Lubbock. Caden Trey Leggett, 20, was booked Saturday into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a Class B misdemeanor count of racing on a highway. He was released on bond set at $750 a few hours later, according to court records. Texas Tech Athletics officials issued a statement saying they were "aware of an incident involving members of its football program from this past weekend."

At present, Tech officials are gathering facts about the situation and will handle it "in accordance with the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct process," according to the statement. Lubbock police believe Leggett and another player set out to race on a pre-determined route through Lubbock, according to a police report. A Lubbock police patrol officer saw three vehicles speeding northbound about 2:40 a.m. in the 10000 block of Indiana Avenue and began chasing the vehicles. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Caden LeggettTexas Tech
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  06/28/20 - Eric MonroerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 5-11, 209 (DS#31 FS) + More +

  For Texas Tech, it's never too late to land some of the top football talent coming out of Texas high schools, even if some of the talent arrives four years later. Eric Monroe, who helped Galena Park North Shore win a state championship in 2015 and was one of bluest of the state's blue chips that year, announced Saturday he is coming to Texas Tech as a graduate transfer. Monroe, a safety, has spent the past four years at LSU, which listed him at 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds. Monroe redshirted for the Tigers in 2016, then got credit for 14 tackles and two passes defended in 2017. He played in only four games in 2018, recording no statistics, then got into 12 games last season and was credited with seven tackles including a tackle for loss. As a grad transfer, Monroe will be immediately eligible for the Red Raiders. He had his name entered into the transfer portal last week. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#31 FS) rSr/2021 FS Eric MonroeTexas Tech
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  06/19/20 - Eric MonroerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 5-11, 209 (DS#31 FS) + More +

  LSU senior safety Eric Monroe has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to multiple reports. Monroe entered the portal Friday, reports said, allowing other college coaches to contact him about transferring from LSU. NCAA rules allow him to later remove his name from the portal. AL.com's Matt Zenitz first reported the news. Monroe arrived at LSU considered a top-50 recruit by 247Sports and consensus top-5 high school safety in the country. Monroe, a former four-star prospect, redshirted his first year on campus, giving him one more season of eligibility. Monroe has appeared in 29 games over three seasons, including 12 during LSU's run to the national championship. He made seven tackles last year as a backup safety and special teams contributor. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#31 FS) rSr/2021 FS Eric MonroeTexas Tech
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  The most recent Alabama player to enter the NCAA transfer portal will be continuing his career in the Big 12. Wide receiver Chadarius Townsend is transferring to Texas Tech, he announced on Instagram Tuesday night. The former four-star recruit spent time at three different positions for the Crimson Tide - wide receiver, running back and defensive back - but his only playing time aside from special teams came during mop-up time. Townsend, who entered the transfer portal last week, will be immediately eligible at Texas Tech as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Chadarius TownsendTexas Tech
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  SaRodorick Thompson took over as Texas Tech's lead running back during the 2019 football season, gradually becoming a workhorse and a top-10 ground gainer in the Big 12. That's not likely to change soon, barring an injury to Thompson, a rapid rise by incoming freshman Tahj Brooks or an addition from outside. The Red Raiders are, for the most part, pinning their hopes on Thompson and Brooks to handle the position. Alante Brown's failing to meet freshman eligibility requirements last summer and Ta'Zhawn Henry's decision to transfer just before spring practice leaves the Red Raiders with a thin running-backs room.

As a redshirt freshman, Thompson carried 160 times for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns. Within the Big 12, he ranked sixth in carries, eighth in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns. The Tech offensive staff can take heart from the fact he's handled a heavy load. "He kind of showed that last year, especially at the end of the season with the amount of reps he was taking," Tech offensive coordinator David Yost said. "He continued that on to when we started spring ball. It's like, 'Well, that's the guy we can lean on." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
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  05/25/20 - Eli HowardrSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-3, 270 (DS#30 DE) + More +

  Who steps in to fill the shoes of Broderick Washington? As a defensive tackle, Washington finished with the ninth most tackles among Texas Tech defenders last season. He also totaled 5.5 tackles for loss to go with a pair of pass deflections and a fumble recovery. The attention Washington demanded the middle freed up room for Eli Howard coming off the edge. Howard returns for his final collegiate season as one of the most underrated pass rushers in the Big 12. In 10 games last season, Howard put up five sacks and six tackles for loss. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#30 DE) rSr/2021 DE Eli HowardTexas Tech
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  04/23/20 - Jordyn BrooksSr/2020, Texas Tech, 6-0, 240 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  For the first time since 2011, the Seahawks used their original first-round pick, and they did so to acquire a player who they hope can be a difference maker for their defense, Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks. The Seahawks came into the draft with the No. 27 overall pick, and unlike the past eight drafts, they used that pick to take Brooks, a 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker who was a second-team Associated Press All-American in 2019. And if it was a surprise for observers to see the Seahawks use their first-round pick and not trade back, getting the call from Seattle was just as surprising to Brooks, not because he didn't believe in his ability, but because he hadn't been in contact with Seattle since the NFL Scouting Combine.

Brooks said on a Zoom call with the media that he was in the kitchen making some pasta when he was told his phone was ringing. "I was a little bit surprised it was the Seahawks; I wasn't surprised about the first round, but was surprised the Seahawks came and got me," Brooks said. "I hadn't talked to them since the Combine, so I wasn't really expecting them to pick me, but I'm forever grateful and excited to get to be there in Seattle." - Seahawks.com


(DS#2 ILB) Sr/2020 ILB Jordyn BrooksTexas Tech
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  04/03/20 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 210 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Texas Tech went 4-8 last year and a Heisman campaign is probably the last thing the Red Raiders are thinking about. Despite a young roster, Texas Tech has the bare bones of an explosive offense next season and Alan Bowman will be the driving force. When he's been healthy, Bowman has been the nation's leading passer in terms of yardage over the last two seasons. In 11 career games, Bowman has put up 3,658 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first two seasons. With another year under his belt building chemistry with his young receiving corps featuring Erik Ezukanma and KeSean Carter, plus incoming four-star freshman Loic Fouonji. Bowman has outside potential to get an invite to New York and possibly hold up the trophy at the end of the season.

For Bowman to be the first ever Heisman winner in Texas Tech's history, something magical would need to happen. The highest any Red Raider has finished in the Heisman voting came in 2008 when Graham Harrell finished fourth and Michael Crabtree finished fifth. Texas Tech finished the regular season 11-1 that year with its only loss coming against Oklahoma. Harrell threw for 5,111 yards and 45 touchdowns while Crabtree caught 97 passes for 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns. - Dallas Morning News


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanTexas Tech
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  03/20/20 - Erik EzukanmarSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 180 (DS#10 WR) + More +

  Erik Ezukanma last year put together the best season statistically by a Texas Tech freshman wide receiver in the past decade. He might not have been sensational right from the start, and in fact he wasn't, but over the second half of the season it was plain to see why Tech coach Matt Wells started raving about Ezukanma months before. The talent is there, and Ezukanma began to assert himself more and more as the year went on. Now he's been involved in enough college football to know what his next step needs to be. "Being more aggressive as a receiver," Ezukanma said recently. "DBs, they're going to grab you, they're going to hold you, but you've got to be aggressive. You've got to knock them off you. You've got to be a dog on the field. I gain all this weight; I've got to use it."

The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Keller Timber Creek is up to 213 pounds, more than 30 pounds heavier than when he first arrived on campus in 2018. That's after what Wells recently called the Red Raiders' "first real off-season of real lifting and conditioning and things that we do" under strength and conditioning coach Dave Scholz. Ezukanma has gotten bigger while remaining trim and sculpted. "I feel a lot more lean," he said. "I feel like I can run a lot faster. We've been working on speed in the off-season, so I feel like I'm a lot faster now than what I was." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#10 WR) rSo/2023 WR Erik EzukanmaTexas Tech
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Broderick Washington, Jr., DT, Texas Tech,...Washington was also a familiar presence for the Red Raider defense the past four seasons as he made 138 tackles over his career, including 15.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He posted at least 35 tackles each of the past three years, notching a career-high 44 as a sophomore in 2017 followed by 41 in 2018 and 39 this past season. - Texas Tech Football

(DS#24 DT) rSr/2020 DT Broderick Washington Jr.Texas Tech
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  02/17/20 - Terrence SteelerSr/2020, Texas Tech, 6-6, 312 (DS#17 OT) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Terrence Steele, OT, Texas Tech,...Steele will look to impress draft scouts after making 47 starts the past four seasons at one of the two tackle positions. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the conference coaches each of the last two seasons as part of a Tech offensive line that was among the Big 12 leaders in fewest sacks allowed. - Texas Tech Football

(DS#17 OT) rSr/2020 OT Terrence SteeleTexas Tech
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  02/16/20 - Jordyn BrooksSr/2020, Texas Tech, 6-0, 240 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Jordyn Brooks, ILB, Texas Tech,...Brooks is projected to be among the top inside linebackers off the board in this year's draft after the Houston native garnered second team All-America honors this past season. Brooks, a four-year starter for the Red Raiders, recorded 108 tackles in 2019, including an impressive 20.0 that came from behind the line of scrimmage, to bring his career total to 367, which ranked seventh all-time in program history and third during the Big 12 era. - Texas Tech Football

(DS#2 ILB) Sr/2020 ILB Jordyn BrooksTexas Tech
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  12/08/19 - DaMarcus FieldsrSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-0, 200 (DS#17 CB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DaMarcus Fields (DB),...Nine other Red Raiders were recognized as honorable mention selections for receiving a vote by the panel of conference coaches. The honorees included sophomore offensive lineman Dawson Deaton, junior defensive back DaMarcus Fields, junior linebacker Riko Jeffers, senior offensive lineman Terence Steele, senior tight end Donta Thompson, redshirt freshman running back SaRodorick Thompson, senior defensive lineman Broderick Washington Jr. and redshirt freshman kicker Trey Wolff. - Texas Tech Football

(DS#17 CB) rSr/2021 CB DaMarcus FieldsTexas Tech
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  12/08/19 - Dawson DeatonJr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-5, 305 (DS#15 OT) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Dawson Deaton (OL),...Nine other Red Raiders were recognized as honorable mention selections for receiving a vote by the panel of conference coaches. The honorees included sophomore offensive lineman Dawson Deaton, junior defensive back DaMarcus Fields, junior linebacker Riko Jeffers, senior offensive lineman Terence Steele, senior tight end Donta Thompson, redshirt freshman running back SaRodorick Thompson, senior defensive lineman Broderick Washington Jr. and redshirt freshman kicker Trey Wolff. - Texas Tech Football

(DS#15 OT) Jr/2022 OT Dawson DeatonTexas Tech
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