Texas Tech Football Notebook: Nisby to Transfer; Defensive Line Rotation

Running back Desmond Nisby announced that he would be transferring his senior season (Twitter). Last week, Kingsbury said that Nisby was having some grade issues and that how his grades worked was dependent on his return. Maybe finals didn’t go all that well. This leaves a really light running back group that essentially consists of Tre King, DaLeon Ward and the two freshmen running backs, Ta’Zhawn Henry and Sarodorick Thompson. I hope they’re ready to eat.

A-J Media’s Don Williams takes a look at the defensive line, stating that Broderick Washington would move to noseguard, Joe Wallace would move to defensive tackle and the Eli Howard would fill out at strongside defensive end and Kolin Hill is at the rush end. Nick McCann and Houston Miller are behind Washington at noseguard and Rice transfer Preston Gordon and Nelson Mbanasor are at defensive tackle. Personally, I don’t get Miller at noseguard as he’s a tall kid, but these things are obviously pretty fluid and I could have sworn I saw him at defensive tackle during the spring events I attended. Here’s a bit on Washington and Wallace:

When Kingsbury was asked last week who sets the tone for the defensive line, Washington, Wallace and defensive end Eli Howard were the players he named.

“Broderick’s a big, tough, nasty attitude type guy on the field,” Kingsbury said. “He does a good job of playing mean, playing tough.

“Joe Wallace had a tremendous spring. He’s incredibly explosive, incredibly strong. He made some nice plays.”

RedRaiderSports’ Maitland Rutledge has a Q&A with one of those incoming freshmen running backs, Ta’Zhawn Henry and he said he expects to have 10 touchdowns as a true freshman:

Do you feel like you’ve already built a bond with anyone on the team or in the class with you?
“Yes Kesean Carter, like really mainly the whole 2018 class. We have group chat so we’re texting every now and then.”

What’s your expectation for yourself in your first season at Tech?
“Come in and do what I’m supposed to do, be a starter. I want at least five kick returns back, punt returns and like ten touchdowns as a true freshman.”

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