Cade Briggs prepares his case to be Texas Tech center

For Cade Briggs, this particular month of preseason football practice might come with more challenges than those confronting many of his Texas Tech teammates.

The transfer from New Mexico joined the team seven months ago with the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčimmediately competing for a starting job at a wide-open position. The center spot is new to him in a lot of ways, and then a week before spring practice started, Briggs suffered a wrist injury that required surgery.

So when the Red Raiders began August workouts on Friday, Briggs had ground to cover: one, familiarizing himself with the demands of center; two, catching up in a competition that he didn’t get to be part of during spring practice.

Months ago, there was an expectation that the job was Briggs’; after all, he’d started at left tackle the past two years at UNM. With Briggs out, Dennis Wilburn made coaches consider another option. The 6-3, 320-pound senior from Aldine Nimitz impressed Tech coach Joey McGuire, who repeatedly used the words “tough” and “toughness” to describe how Wilburn came out of spring football atop the depth chart.

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“That’s a battle right now,” McGuire said last week. “Feel good about both of them. … The great thing about Cade Briggs is he’s played college football, and so I feel good. There’s a very healthy noise being talked about by both of them about who’s going to win that battle, and so I’m excited about those two.”

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