Kingsbury Considers Return of Michael Starts, Jeremy Reynolds & Anthony Smith

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Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that he is considering the return of DT Michael Starts as well as DT Anthony Smith and CB Jeremy Reynolds for academics.

On Friday, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Friday that he would revisit the return of defensive tackle Michael Starts (via LAJ) and the return of defensive tackle Anthony Smith and cornerback Jeremy Reynolds for academic reasons (via LAJ).  Starts is a highly rated defensive tackle or offensive tackle from the Waco area who was dismissed from the team and transferred to Navarro College this past year where he played in 11 games, registering 12 tackles and 2 sacks (via NJCAA).

Asked if the door’s open then, Kingsbury said, "It’s halfway open. We still have to sit down and discuss everything, but first and foremost he’s just got to get himself in position to have that conversation."

I've labeled Starts as a defensive tackle, but there was discussion before he was dismissed from his team about switching to the offensive side of the ball.  Although I don't know Starts at all, it seems that a large part of the issue has been some maturity issues for Starts and obviously, as the article points towards, the academic side of things still need some work.

The practices aren't open to the public, and we knew before the spring started that cornerback Jeremy Reynolds did not participate at all in spring practices and apparently defensive tackle Anthony Smith was also out for the spring as he needed to focus on academics.  Kingsbury's quotes about each player essentially stress the idea that they each needed to work on academics and that Kingsbury would evaluate things after the spring.

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