MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Texas Tech took the field on Saturday at Grande Communications Stadium for their annual spring football scrimmage. For some of the players on the team, the Permian Basin is their hometown so playing here was special. Permian Alumni Jax Welch was a walk on for the Red Raiders and credits his hard work ethic to West Texas.
"West Texas Grit. You know not a lot of players get recruited from out here it's more metroplex areas and everything. If you do make it out of West Texas, you grew up playing on dirt fields and rocks everywhere that's how you grew up. You're always the smallest person on the field so you bring a certain type of grit and nastiness to the game. That's what we try to help everybody else learn and a lot of people teach me stuff too," said Welch.
The Red Raiders graduated a few of their key players and have some young upcoming guys looking to get better. One area that coach Kliff Kingsbury is confident for in the upcoming season is his defense. Tech's defense has 10 returning starters and 10 second string returners. Coach Kingsbury hopes the young guys step up and defense continues to improve.
"We're replacing some guys and it doesn't mean they're not talented, they just got to get out there. They got to learn leadership qualities. Got to learn toughness, techniques, fundamentals, and it'll come. There's some good talent just young. You combine it with young quarterbacks and it gets interesting at times, but I think we just get more reps we'll get better and better. We have some young D-linemen that are stepping up. I just see them building from last year which is what you want. We weren't has good has we needed to be last year and hopefully we take that step and be where we need to be defensively," said Coach Kingsbury.