One of Texas Tech’s five team captains for the 2015 season ... regular at center, having started in 37-consecutive games to end his career ... that streak was the second-longest on the team, only behind that of fellow offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark ... part of Texas Tech offensive line that allowed only 27 sacks this season ... AWARDS AND HONORS ... named an all-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the coaches ... preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy.
All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)... started and played in all 12 games at center... paved the way for Tech's first 1,000-yard rusher (DeAndre Washington) since 1998... team rushed for 1,836 yards -- its most since 1998 (2,219)... offensive line allowed just 13 sacks... completed season with 25 consecutive starts, which dates back to start of the 2013 season.
Started and played in all 13 games at center... helped the Red Raiders to a 37-23 upset over No. 14 Arizona State (12/30) at the National University Holiday Bowl where the Red Raider offensive line didn't allow a sack against the Sun Devils, who ranked near the top of the Pac-12 with 40 sacks on the season.
Played in 12 games primarily as a backup on the offensive line... one of just two true freshmen to play during the season (LB Micah Awe)... part of the offensive line that helped pave the way for the Red Raider running backs that rushed for 1,674 yards during the regular season (12 games) -- the most by Texas Tech since 1998 (2,219).
Altair Rice High School in Altair, Texas... a three-star prospect by Rivals... ranked by Rivals as the No. 5 center prospect in the nation ... ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 8 center prospect ... a 2010 Class AA All-State Selection ... also competed in track, golf and powerlifting... Head coach: Brad Dumont... CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Rice.
Jared Kaster... born in Houston, Texas... son of Ernie and Brenda Kaster... hobbies include fishing and hunting... a petroleum engineering major at Texas Tech.