Big 12 TopDrawer Preseason Honors. TopDrawer has released their Best XI preseason team and Janine Beckie makes the list at forward, along with three additional Big 12 players.
— Texas Tech Athletics (@TechAthletics) August 11, 2015
ESPN Big 12 Power Ranking. Via ESPN, we have the first preseason power ranking and your Red Raiders are 8th:
8. Texas Tech: Since starting out 7-0 in Kliff Kingsbury’s debut season two years ago, the Red Raiders have won just two Big 12 games (against Iowa State and Kansas). Sophomore Patrick Mahomes appears to have the promise to finally shut the revolving door at QB. But Tech will still continue to struggle if it doesn’t quell its turnover and penalty epidemic.
Deep Threat. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that WR Devin Lauderdale thinks he is a main target after his late-season surge last year, while wide receiver coach Darrin Chiaverini knows that there are things that Lauderdale needs to improve upon:
“He’s shown that he can win on the deep ball,” Chiaverini said. “That’s going to make corners respect the deep game.
“He’s got to improve his stride length, his depth of routes and being able to win versus press coverage, and he knows that. We’ve had those conversations, and what’s good about where Devin is right now mentally is he’s up for the challenge. He wants to be great, and he’s working toward it.”
Kaster on Red Raider Most Likely.
Miscellaneous. ESPN has the recruiting scorecard for this week if you wan to keep up with the rest of the Big 12 teams . . . via Awful Announcing, we’ve got the announcing teams for the college football season . . . via College Football Talk, a Waco sportswriter thinks that Baylor would be a perfect fit for the SEC / commence laughing / . . . LAJ’s Don Williams continues his all-time Texas Tech team and is picking the outside linebacker position with Thomas Howard, then Charlie Rowe and then Larry Molinare . . .