One More Year

Texas Tech received some big news Friday about one of its top offensive linemen.

Texas Tech announced Friday morning that starting right tackle Rashad Fortenberry was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA and will be eligible to play next fall.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle from Tylertown, MS started all 13 games last season. The medical hardship was for the 2012 season, when he was limited to just three games with a bad back.

The news is a huge boost to the Red Raiders depth along the offensive line. His return means Tech will bring back four starters along the line from last season.

The only starter Tech must replace is right guard Beau Carpenter, who was dismissed from the team in January for a violation of team rules.

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