Tech And Baylor Looking To Returning And  New Players to Deepen Rosters During Fall Practices

Texas TechDallas Morning News: Eric Stephens and DeAndre Washington both sustained traumatic injuries last season yet they both practiced Monday during Texas Tech’s first fall practice.

Both running backs are looking good, but they’re not labeling themselves as 100 percent recovered just yet.

Stephens, a senior, is returning from a compound torn ACL and MCL and says he’s about ’95 percent.’ Washington, a sophomore, said he’s ’90 percent.’

“I’m about 95 percent,” Stephens said. “I’m not going to lie and say I’m 100 percent right now. But I’ll definitely be ready when the season starts.”

On the optimistic side of things the two running backs had each other for their rehabilitation process which featured visiting the training room twice a day and eventually agility drills as they took baby steps back toward the field.


Baylor Bears LogoBaylor notables

* Michigan transfer receiver Darryl Stonum was cleared to practice Monday, and is now enrolled in Baylor graduate school. He will be eligible to play immediately.

* Baylor is expecting Colorado State transfer linebacker Mike Orakpo to join the team later this week

* Baylor still hadn’t heard on the eligibility ruling for Penn State defensive end transfer Shawn Oakman. Oakman transferred to Baylor before the NCAA handed down its punishment to the school following the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky trial in late July.

* On Tuesday, the Waco City Council passed final approval for the university to move forward with the construction of the $250 million Baylor Stadium. On July 18 the Baylor Board of Trustees gave their consent to the project. Ground has already been broken on the 45,000-seat stadium. It is hoped that the stadium will be ready for the 2014 season.