Texas Tech is seeking medical redshirts for RT Rashad Fortenberry and CB Dee Paul (via LAJ). Fortenberry started every game at right tackle, getting a bit of a rough start, but really solidified the spot as the year progressed. In fact, I was almost positive as the Holiday Bowl game started that Fortenberry would simply be abused by Arizona St., but he helped keep Davis Webb clean through pretty much the entire game and did a pretty nice job all things considered. Fortenberry isn't perfect, but he's capable and you tend to miss those sorts of guys when they are gone.
Add the fact that Beau Carpenter has been dismissed from the team, Fortenberry's return would mean that Texas Tech would return three main starters from last year, Le'Raven Clark, Fortenberry and Jared Kaster.
With Paul, he injured his hamstring in the third game of last year and according to the article, is still rehabbing that hamstring.
Scout State Rankings: Scout came out with their rankings of Texas and Oklahoma players and a handful of Red Raiders made the Texas list (via Scout/Texas & Scout/Oklahoma). IR Cameron Batson in Oklahoma is the only commit from Oklahoma and is at #13, while Mildren Montgomery is #12. Montgomery flipped his commitment to Tulsa after being asked to greyshirt this year. The players that made the list for Texas are as follows:
#25 S Payton Hendrix
#37 WR Ian Sadler
#39 QB Patrick Mahomes
#46 RB Justin Stockton
#73 CB Jah'Shawn Johnson
#97 LB Dakota Allen
Pretty good little list.
Way Too Early Bowl Predictions: A Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M matchup? Houston here we come (via SBNation)!
College Football's Most Important Stats: Sit down, get you some coffee and read about the five most important statistics in college football (via FootballStudyHall).
Webb vs. the Blitz: Really great piece breaking down QB Davis Webb and how he played through the year, including how he performed against the blitz (via ESPN). Webb has to work on improving when teams drop a ton of players in coverage and I think that's the natural progression. I can remember when Graham Harrell had a tough time when Missouri dropped eight players into coverage. It takes time for quarterbacks to figure it out.
Everything You Need to Know? The title to the article implicates that everything you need to know is at the DMN and that's not true (via DMN). It's behind a paywall or in MikeTTU's brain.
Denver's Texas Tech Trio: Our friend, Nick Kosmider is now at the Denver Post and he writes about how the Denver Broncos have three Red Raiders starting, Wes Welker, Manny Ramirez and Louis Vasquez, and there's some good quotes there from former coach Mike Leach about Ramirez and Vasquez (via DenverPost).
Elliott Chooses TCU: Both TCU and Texas Tech gave OL Trey Elliott an offer late last week and Elliott ended up choosing TCU after taking a visit to TCU (via DMN). Elliott originally had planned to visit Texas Tech this weekend, but according tot the article, he canceled his visit. Trey's father played at Texas Tech and it stinks from that angle, but good luck to Elliott. In other recruiting news, OL Deionte Noel has re-opened up his commitment after being committed to Texas Tech. It has been reported that Noel has been asked to take a greyshirt and has offers from Houston and Rice.