Four Texas Tech football players will not be charged after all for their role in a fight outside of a Lubbock night club in March.
Deputy Criminal District Attorney Trey Hill told local station KCBD that damages caused by quarterback Jett Duffey “were not severe enough to warrant a charge” after he punched a wall and were dropped, while a victim declined to press charges against linebacker Christian Taylor in the same incident. Wide receiver Quan Shorts and defensive back Desmond Smith were originally picked up on disorderly conduct charges but both had it dropped by the DA’s office.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury did suspend the four players at the time but lifted it about a week later after a bit of internal discipline. They returned in time to finish out spring practice for the Red Raiders as a result.
The news was perhaps most welcome for Duffey, a sophomore who is still locked into a quarterback battle with junior McLane Carter that should continue through fall camp. Smith is already set to be a starter for the second straight season in 2018 while Shorts figures to vie for a spot in the rotation as well at receiver. Taylor’s return without charges also grows more important to the team in the wake of the linebacking corps’ depth shrinking a bit this week following the transfer of Brayden Stringer on Thursday.
Texas Tech opens the season on September 1st against Ole Miss at NRG Stadium down in Houston.