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  05/11/21 - Eric MonroerSr/2022, Texas Tech, 5-11, 205 (DS#27 SS) + More +

  The senior Monroe will enter into the 2021 season as Tech's 3rd-leading returning tackler. Last year, the safety finished with a secondary-high 59 tackles to go along with a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and a pair of pass breakups. The former national champion at LSU's decision to return for a final year may be one of the most overlooked offseason news for Texas Tech. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#27 SS) rSr/2022 SS Eric MonroeTexas Tech
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  05/08/21 - Reggie PearsonrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 5-10, 197 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Reggie Pearson, a starting safety on Wisconsin's 10-win Rose Bowl team from two seasons ago, has signed a financial aid agreement with Texas Tech, according to an announcement Wednesday. Pearson left the Badgers because the team medical staff had not cleared him for any athletics activity since March 2020, his father recently told The Athletic. Reggie Pearson, a starting safety on Wisconsin's 10-win Rose Bowl team from two seasons ago, has signed a financial aid agreement to transfer to Texas Tech, the Tech athletics department announced Wednesday. Pearson was the Badgers' fourth-leading tackler in 2019 with 60 stops, as well as getting credit for 3 1/2 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and four passes defended. He was a redshirt freshman that season, starting at strong safety on a 10-4 team that lost to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#999 SS) rJr/2023 SS Reggie PearsonTexas Tech
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  The Red Raiders return 99.2% of their rushing total, losing only three yards from Alan Bowman and ten from KeSean Carter. The three-headed monster of SaRodorick Thompson, Xavier White, and Tahj Brooks has the potential to be the best running back trio in the league. The key will be if they can stay healthy, which was a problem for 2020. If all three are available, that's when the unit shines the most as each brings a different skill set to the table. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#21 RB) rJr/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
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  04/19/21 - Tahj BrooksSo/2024, Texas Tech, 5-09, 215 (DS#37 RB) + More +

  Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks (28) will be trying to expand his role after he rushed for 255 yards last season as a true freshman. For most of the 2020 football season, Texas Tech's running game was a group effort, even if SaRodorick Thompson was the leader of the pack. Down the stretch against West Virginia, though, position coach DeAndre Smith's list of available scholarship running backs dwindled to one: Tahj Brooks. During a true freshman season in which Brooks rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, no moment was more pressure-packed than when Brooks had to go in against WVU - and not come out. From the last minute of the third quarter through the end of the game, Brooks carried 11 times, helping Tech grind out a 34-27 homecoming victory. "Coach (Smith) put me in and he was like, 'You know what to do. I coached you hard enough to go ball,' " Brooks recounted Thursday. "He put me in those situations, and I came out successful. "What we go through every day in practice, it's nothing different. It just transferred to the game. Coach Smith knows he coaches me hard, so he knows what I'm capable of doing." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#37 RB) So/2024 RB Tahj BrooksTexas Tech
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  04/19/21 - T.J. StormentrSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-6, 325 (DS#47 OT) + More +

  T.J. Storment, an Associated Press second-team All-Big 12 honoree last season at TCU, has helped firm up Texas Tech's outlook at left tackle this spring. The Red Raiders wrap up spring practice Saturday with the annual spring game at Jones AT&T Stadium. There was a time during the winter when Texas Tech offensive line coach Steve Farmer had four offensive tackles who all spent far more time on the field than on the bench last season. There was Josh Burger, who started every game at right tackle, Caleb Rogers and Ethan Carde who, between them, started every game at left tackle and then incoming transfer T.J. Storment, who started TCU's last seven games at left tackle. That constituted either terrific depth or a logjam. This spring, Tech moved Burger to guard, gave Rogers and Carde opportunities to learn at a slower pace and got Storment acclimated to his new team.

Tech had high hopes for Storment, considering the 6-foot-7, 325-pound North Carolinian started every game two seasons ago for Colorado State and earned second-team All-Big 12 recognition last year for TCU. He made a good first impression and projects as the Red Raiders' left tackle. "He just brings such an adult perspective to everything," Farmer said. "He wants to be great. He wants to do this for a living. It's important to him. "He wants to know the details when we're in meetings. And Dawson's the same way. It's great for young guys to hear guys that have played - Josh Burger - still asking for the details with the scheme and those type of things. He's been a tremendous teammate and really has fit in great for us." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#47 OT) rSr/2022 OT T.J. StormentTexas Tech
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  04/18/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  As soon as Tyler Shough's name hit the NCAA transfer portal, the suitors lined up for the Oregon quarterback. In a process where things like personal relationships and geography play big roles, Shough choose Texas Tech as his next landing spot. He had met coach Matt Wells - once - at a high school recruiting camp when Wells was still at Utah State. That's about it. "I did my own research on the coaching staff here and the guys," Shough said recently, "but I didn't really have any connection." The bigger question is about the connection that Shough has developed, with Tech's spring scrimmage set for Saturday in Lubbock and the quarterback competition still in progress.

In a crowded quarterback room, Shough and Henry Colombi, who started four games last season, bring the most experience. Like so many coaches, Wells is not handicapping the race outside of what he wants in a quarterback. Wells says he values their leadership and accuracy, while holding greater regard for accuracy over arm strength. The decision is likely to come in preseason camp and has major ramifications for the program. Tech hasn't had a winning football season since 2015 and hasn't been .500 or better in the Big 12 since 2009, Mike Leach's final season in Lubbock. - Dallas Morning News


(DS#9 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  Depth at running back appeared to be a plus for Texas Tech coming out of the 2020 football season. The Red Raiders might get a chance to prove it earlier than they want in 2021. SaRodorick Thompson, the team's leading rusher each of the past two years, underwent surgery on his right shoulder last week and will be out through summer conditioning work, Tech coach Matt Wells said Tuesday. It's uncertain if Thompson will be ready for the Sept. 4 season opener against Houston at NRG Stadium. "Hell be back into practice in August," Wells told reporters on a Zoom video conference, "and then I'll be able to probably comment on his availability as we see him coming out of rehab late August, end of (preseason) practice. "Whether it's season opener, week two, week three, it's hard to say because that's the time frame toward the end of the recovery. Some guys recover quicker. We'll see how the thing heals and as he goes through the summer." Thompson ran for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019 and ran for 610 yards and eight touchdowns last season. The Red Raiders' running-back room also returns Xavier White, Tahj Brooks and Chadarius Townsend and will add state top-100 signee Cam'Ron Valdez from Rockdale this summer. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#21 RB) rJr/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
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  04/07/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Covering more than 1,200 miles, all on the road from Oregon to Arizona, gives a man plenty of time to think. Time to hear recruiting pitches. Time to ask questions. Time to choose where to take the next turn on the road. All those hours are welcome if you're a high-profile player in college football's NCAA transfer portal. That's where Tyler Shough found himself in mid-February: in the portal, on the road, hearing his cell phone buzz. Something about Matt Wells and Sonny Cumbie, the research Shough had done on the Texas Tech coaches and the Red Raiders' roster, persuaded him more than anything else. "It was a long process," Shough said this past week.

"That was when I was driving back from Oregon to Arizona, a 21-hour car ride. I was pretty much on the phone that entire time. It really came down to...the opportunity to come in and compete, a coaching staff I had a good relationship with and a good supporting cast around me. "It obviously wasn't an easy decision, because there were a lot of schools that had that offer (extended), but Texas Tech was the best opportunity and overall team that I wanted to be a part of and wanted to grow in. So I'm definitely happy with it and excited to get better." Shough, who started all seven games Oregon played last year during his sophomore season, joined his new team two weeks ago. The Red Raiders have had nine of the allotted 15 sessions of spring practice, Shough having arrived in time to take part in the past seven. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior finished degree requirements at Oregon in March. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#9 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  04/01/21 - Myles PriceSo/2024, Texas Tech, 5-09, 175 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The closest comparison to Myles Price could be former Texas Tech great Jakeem Grant. When Grant graduated from Tech in 2015, he checked in at 5-7, 168 pounds. Price currently stands three inches taller and seven pounds larger. However, the analogy goes beyond size, as Price proved to be an all-purpose threat in his true freshman campaign. In 2020, the freshman was one of two players to reach 300 receiving yards for the Red Raiders, which he did on 28 catches. But, it is not just his receiving abilities that makes him a threat. Twelve carries for 124 rushing yards gave him a team-high 10.3 yards per attempt. The slot receiver finished fourth on the team in all-purpose yards and first among freshmen. The threat of Price stems from his elusiveness and a sub-4.6 40-yard dash time, which could open a door to more playing time in the fall. A 70-yard rushing touchdown against Kansas showcased his speed, as the burst showed reminisce of Grant's "Little People, Big World" touchdown against Texas in 2015. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Myles PriceTexas Tech
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  Tony Bradford lining up alongside Jaylon Hutchings was a standard feature of the Texas Tech defensive line last season. Come the 2021 football season, they could become more of a tag team - as in, one comes in, one goes out, be it from one series to the next or within a series. Hutchings, the 6-foot, 300-pound junior from Forney, has started 20 games at nose tackle. Bradford, the 6-1, 290-pound junior from Galena Park North Shore, started eight games last season - it would've been all 10 if not for injury - at defensive tackle. But defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has both his short, stout cornerstones playing nose tackle through the first five sessions of spring practice and liking what he sees. "It's really strange," Patterson said Friday. "When you move somebody from over the tackle and move them down over the nose, it's amazing how much quicker and explosive they look. "If you put them out there in a four- or five-technique (against an offensive tackle), he just looks like a guy. You move him down into a zero (technique) nose, and all of a sudden he just looks athletic. He's explosive. He's coming off and he's pounding you in the face, pounding you in the face." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#999 DT) Jr/2023 DT Tony Bradford Jr.Texas Tech
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  03/27/21 - Marquis WatersrSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-0, 200 (DS#95 SS) + More +

  Tech signed no defensive back recruits over the winter, but has since added one walk-on and three transfers. Two of the transfers (Rayshad Williams and Malik Dunlap) are waiting for a waiver approval by the NCAA, but the Waters comes in with immediate eligibility after having already graduated. Waters spent four years at Duke - three as a primary starter at safety. During his time with the Blue Devils, the veteran gained plenty of experience on his way to filling up the stat sheet. His first game in the scarlet and black will be his 50th of his career as a collegiate athlete and his first snap will be his 2,870th. In the previous 49 games, he became a crucial part of the Blue Devils' plan to stop the run as he accumulated 234 tackles, 13 for loss, a sack and seven quarterback pressures. In addition, Waters contributed to the fifth-best pass defense in the ACC in 2020 by adding seven pass deflections, to give him 21 for his career. The safety also finished his time in Durham with three interceptions, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#95 SS) rSr/2022 SS Marquis WatersTexas Tech
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  03/25/21 - Dalton RigdonSr/2022, Texas Tech, 5-11, 170 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The buzz surrounding the potential of Dalton Rigdon became palpable after the 2019 season. As a sophomore, Rigdon was a true breakout performer, leading all inside receivers on the team with 34 catches, 486 yards, and five touchdowns. As a result, the player who reeled in just 29 yards in the year prior was awarded with a surprise scholarship by head coach Matt Wells. The numbers from 2019 could have been even higher, but the wideout suffered an injury against TCU that sidelined him for the remaining 2.5 games of the season. Rigdon came into the 2020 campaign with confidence but he once again struggled to stay healthy. This time, it was the ribs that gave the Perryton native problems. After starting at the slot receiver position for the season opener, Rigdon suffered the injury a few weeks later which caused him to miss all but one game in the month of October. When he returned, the speedy pass-catcher saw limited action in two games in November, pulling in three catches for 24 yards. In all, Rigdon started two games in 2020 after doing so ten times in 2019. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Dalton RigdonTexas Tech
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  03/24/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Texas Tech announced Monday that former Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough has arrived on campus and will be in uniform with the Red Raiders when they resume spring practice on Tuesday. Shough announced on Feb. 12 that he was having his name put into the NCAA transfer portal and committed to Tech on Feb. 22, but still had to earn a degree at Oregon to leave as a graduate transfer. He completed coursework this month with dual undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science, Tech's announcement said. Tech had its first two spring workouts last week and has 13 of the allotted 15 remaining. When former Tech starter Alan Bowman departed as a transfer, it left the Red Raiders with four-game starter Henry Colombi and a cast of talented but inexperienced candidates at quarterback.

Shough, a nationally sought recruit three years ago, started all seven games Oregon played last season. "We're excited to add a quarterback with Tyler's ability and experience to our quarterback room," Red Raiders coach Matt Wells said in Tech's announcement. "I'm looking forward to watching all of our quarterbacks compete this spring under coach (Sonny) Cumbie, and Tyler will only help in making that position better." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#9 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  03/18/21 - Reggie PearsonrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 5-10, 197 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Safety Reggie Pearson's time with the University of Wisconsin football team is over. Pearson entered the transfer portal Tuesday, becoming the sixth Badger to transfer this offseason. A UW official confirmed Pearson's decision. Pearson wasn't medically cleared to play in the shortened 2020 season and wasn't on the team's roster. Pearson said in a statement released Tuesday that he's been cleared by two outside professionals. - Wisconsin State Journal

(DS#999 SS) rJr/2023 SS Reggie PearsonTexas Tech
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  03/14/21 - Adam BeckSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Texas Tech defensive back Adam Beck announced Friday he plans to graduate this summer and transfer with two years of eligibility remaining. Beck, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, played both safety and linebacker for the Red Raiders the past two years after arriving as a transfer from Minnesota. In 20 games with Tech, he was credited with 61 tackles, 6 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks. He also had two pass breakups and a caused fumble. The Richmond George Ranch graduate was a junior in 2020, but like all players, does not lose that season of eligibility because of the NCAA's giving players a free year during the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#999 SS) Sr/2022 SS Adam BeckTexas Tech
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