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SI: What encouraging signs did you take from this year's spring practices?
TT: Our defense outplayed our offense in the scrimmages. It's the first time that's happened since I've been here.
SI: You've introduced your third defensive coordinator in as many years, Art Kaufman. Why will the third time be a charm?
TT: He and I think alike, and he knows the four-man front. He's a technique-oriented guy, knows how to coach defense and has a lot of experience.
SI: How does Texas Tech's level of talent stack up with other Big 12 programs?
TT: We're a lot closer than we were a couple years ago. Last year we had good players but no depth. We're trying to build depth and experience, and the only way you can do that is time.
SI: HOW CAN THE OFFENSE BE EVEN BETTER THAN IT WAS LAST SEASON?
TT: WE DIDN'T GET OFF TO GREAT STARTS. IF WE CAN PLAY WELL EARLY ON OFFENSE AND NOT WAIT UNTIL THE SECOND HALF OF GAMES, WE CAN BE A GOOD TEAM.
SI: Which rising sophomores, part of Tech's best recruiting class ever (ranked 20th by Rivals.com), are you most excited about now that they're in the fold?
TT: Defensive tackle Delvon Simmons has a chance to really step up. And [redshirt freshman] quarterback Michael Brewer, who won two state championships [for his] high school, had a good spring that should give him a leg up for the next three years.