Jul 22, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Kenny Williams speaks to the media during the Big 12 media days at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Football: Texas Tech Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet on Oct. 5th in Lawrence. The game will be the Jayhawks conference opener, and annual home-coming contest. The time is to be announced so far.

Texas Tech would have played four games before kickoff in Lawrence. The Red Raiders begin the season vs SMU, then face Stephen F. Austin, TCU and Texas State.

Last season these two teams played a very enjoyable game as the Red Raiders managed to squeak by Kansas in two overtimes by a score of 41-34. The Jayhawks rushed for 390 total yards on the game led by James Sims and Tony Pierson. Texas Tech is looking for a new quarterback after losing Seth Doege to graduation and the NFL. Former quarterback Kliff Kingsbury also takes over as new head coach.

The quarterback competition has been fierce and is between sophomore Michael Brewer, and freshman David Webb. Brewer has been battling a back condition, pushing the naming of a starting quarterback back a little. The position is a game-time decision for the SMU contest.

Kenny Williams who rushed for 824 yards last season, returns as the number one back. DeAndre Washigton returns after missing last season with an injury as a speedy backup. Eric Ward also returns after making 82 receptions last season for 1,053 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The defensive unit is led by Kenny Hyder who last season made 56 tackles, 14 for loss. Dartwan Bush is poised to move into a starting role after making 41 tackles last year. The defensive secondary is bringing in lots of new faces after losing four seniors last season. Experience will be at a premium for a unit that gave up on average nearly 32 points per game last year.


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