Texas Tech officials announced that five players with remaining eligibility have left the program as the Red Raiders prepare for Friday's start of spring football drills: DE Aundrey Barr, DE Cooper Washington, LB Dion Chidozie, S Desmond Martin and S Russell Polk.
In addition, nine January enrollees will take part in spring drills: DE Lee Adams, WR Javon Bell, OL Rashad Fortenberry, ATH SaDale Foster, OL Jared Kaster, DB Thierry Nguema, LB Chris Payne, LB Will Smith and S Austin Stewart. Three former walk-ons have been given scholarships: Eugene Neboh, Omar Ontiveros and Tyson Williams.
Tech's first spring workout is Friday, earliest of any Big 12 school. The Red Raiders' spring game is March 24.
_ Jimmy Burch