Texas Tech heads into the 2014 season without several playmakers from the 2013 squad. However, several talented Red Raiders return for Kliff Kingsbury this fall, and here’s five of the best.
Jakeem Grant, WR/KR, RS junior
2013: 65 receptions, 796 yards (3rd), 7 TDs, 1,273 total yards, averaged 106 total yards per game.
If you blinked during the Holiday Bowl, you probably missed the 5-6/170 Grant streaking across the field for two touchdowns in the first half. Arguably the fastest player in the Big 12, Grant will highlight the Tech receiving corp in 2014 as a redshirt junior.
Le’Raven Clark, LT, RS junior
2013: Part of offensive line that gave up 33 sacks and carved running lanes for 1,536 rushing yards, 19 TDs.
On an offensive line plagued by inconsistency due to injury, All-Big 12 left tackle Le’Raven Clark was a rock all season long. Even when going against some of the premier pass rushers in the country (Striker, Jeffcoat, Fields), Clark managed to hold his own.
Bradley Marquez, WR, senior
2013: 49 receptions, 633 yards (4th), 6 TDs.
Marquez was one of Tech’s hottest receivers to start the year but disappeared down the stretch – which could be a product of all the QB shuffling. With all the tools necessary for a receiver in Tech’s system, he could join Grant this year as one of the best in the Big 12.
Pete Robertson, OLB, RS junior
2013: 60 total tackles (5th), 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 2 FF, 1 TD.
Robertson doesn’t have the best measurements or numbers, but he brings a salty attitude on defense and is clearly one of the vocal leaders in the locker room. He’ll have to step up in a major way for a depleted Red Raider defense this fall as one of four returning starters.
Davis Webb, QB, sophomore
2013: 2,718 passing yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 62.6%.
Not only was Webb statistically the best true freshman quarterback in Tech’s history, he was one of the best passers in the Big 12. Period. Though inconsistent at times (freshman), Webb possesses veteran-like poise in the pocket and can make all the throws. Just think what another year in Kingsbury’s system will do.
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