The Texas Tech Red Raiders are very close to opening the 2018 season against Ole Miss in Houston, but first they’ll have to get through the spring. Spring practice, to be more specific, spring practice that will culminate on Saturday with the spring game in Lubbock.
Texas Tech has already had spring football showcases in Midland and Frisco, and now it’s time for their Lubbock scrimmage.
Texas Tech spring game time, details
Time: 6 P.M.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
What TV channel is the Texas Tech spring game on?
Texas Tech will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Where can I watch the Texas Tech spring game online?
How can I listen to the Texas Tech spring game on the radio?
You can use TuneIn.com or the TuneIn app to listen to the radio wherever you are. If you’re in the Lubbock area, you can listen to Double T 97.3.
Texas Tech spring game preview, keys to the game
- Who starts at quarterback? Texas Tech is at a crossroads in their quarterback depth chart heading into the fall season. McLane Carter has starting experience, he started against Texas in 2017, and has had a good spring. Jett Duffey is athletic, but has had some troubles keeping out of trouble recently. The spring scrimmage should give some clarity into who will win the starting job, but you should expect the competition to extend into the fall. Kingsbury has famously never tipped his hand, even when dealing with a clear starter.
- How good is the defense, actually? Texas Tech returns a whopping 10 starters on the defensive side of the ball, including breakout linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Dakota Allen. The Red Raiders are returning some serious production on the defensive side of the ball, but their defense hasn’t historically been good under Kingsbury, even with returners. The strength of the unit is likely in its secondary, where the Red Raiders return Jah’shawn Johnson and Justus Parker, a pair of ball-hawking defensive backs. Texas Tech will have to replace a noseguard, but David Gibbs has always utilized multiple defensive linemen in his rotations.
- Youth at the wide receiver positions. Other than TJ Vasher, Texas Tech doesn’t have any famous returning wide receivers. They’ll have to utilize a ton of younger players, including freshman Myller Royals, who has been performing well in spring practice. In the fall, they’ll add Erik Ezukanma, another talented, tall wideout, but we’ll have to wait to see Ezukanma in action. TJ Vasher had a solid 2017 season, and could have a breakout year in 2018.
- An offensive line that’s finally whole. Texas Tech may be replacing their quarterback and most of their wide receivers, but they’ll have every single one of their offensive line returning. This should help returning running backs Tre King, Desmond Nisby, and old face Da’Leon Ward rack up yards while the other skill positions gel. The offensive line should have a solid scrimmage against Texas Tech’s fiesty defense.