Texas Tech began spring football drills Wednesday with 73 returning lettermen from last year’s 8-5 team taking part in the Red Raiders’ first of 15 workouts. Among the newcomers this spring will be three junior-college signees who enrolled in January: receiver Devin Lauderdale, defensive lineman Keland McElrath and safety Josh Keys.
The Red Raiders return starting quarterback Davis Webb, who capped his freshman season by leading the team to a 37-23 upset of No. 16 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Webb is one of eight retuning starters on an offense that thrived under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. The defense welcomes back eight returning starters.
Tech will hold three open practices for fans this spring: March 29 in Midland, April 4 in Lubbock and April 12 for the spring game in Jones AT&T Stadium. The remaining practices will be closed to fans and media.
One of the unanswered questions heading into spring drills involves the identity of Webb’s backup. Webb is the only returnee among three quarterbacks who took snaps during games last season. The other two have transferred or announced plans to do so. Baker Mayfield has enrolled at Oklahoma and Michael Brewer announced last week that he will transfer to Virginia Tech after completing his undergraduate degree in May.
Tech’s spring game will kick off at 11 a.m. on April 12 and will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest. There will be no admission charge for the spring game and fans can take part in a postgame autograph session on the field after the contest.
_ Jimmy Burch