Texas Tech Football Notebook: Spring Practice Starts; Junior Day Today

Spring practice starts today.

A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook of what I think was a media availability with head coach Kliff Kingsbury. You can read the article for information and quotes on everything, but the highlights are as follows:

  • Kingsbury is excited about having pretty much the entire defense back from last year, save and except for Mych Thomas, as well as at offensive line.
  • Kingsbury said that Jett Duffey and McLane Carter would split time at quarterback and try to get them as many reps as possible this spring. Alan Bowman would get some post-practice reps, but Kingsbury wants to focus on Duffey and Carter. Kingsbury does not expect to name a starter by the end of the spring.
  • Inside receiver Zach Austin is expected to receive an extra year of eligibility this year. The waiver hasn’t happened yet, but they believe that they will. Austin will just do some light drills thsi spring, as will Ja’Deion High.
  • Running back Da’Leon Ward will be back this spring and practicing after handling his off-the-field responsibilities. Fullback Mason Reed has also been cleared to practice, while Lonzell Gilmore is still recovering from shoulder and knee surgeries. Deep snapper Kyle Heffron also received another year of eligibility.

Make sure and check out the full article for full quotes and probably information that I missed.

InsideTheRedRaiders’ Zach Tanner has a list of all of the players that will be at this year’s Junior Day. For those of you who don’t know, a Junior Day is where players get invites to the campus, not an official visit, I don’t think but I think it is somewhat select group of players and I think there’s a pretty good chance that some players commit after the weekend. The one player that I didn’t see on Tanner’s list is Katy’s quarterback Jacob Zeno who is supposedly the guy that Kingsbury wants at quarterback. I read this article from 24/7 Sports’ Gabe Brooks about how Zeno would be at Texas Tech this weekend, but as mentioned above, he’s not on Tanner’s list. I’d love for the quarterback to fall into place early with this class and I wonder if the success of what Patrick Mahomes has done at Kansas City will play into a quarterback’s decision. Let’s hope so.

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