Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) carries the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the 2013 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Football Losing Major Contributors to Graduation, Draft

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury (left) and linebacker Will Smith (7) pose with San Diego County Bowl association president Bill Geppert after the 2013 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Qualcomm Stadium. Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 37-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury (left) and linebacker Will Smith (7) pose with San Diego County Bowl association president Bill Geppert after the 2013 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Qualcomm Stadium. Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 37-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech’s 2013 football team fielded a lot of veteran players, especially on defense. In fact, most of the team’s production can be attributed to a handful of starters and backups on both sides of the ball.

Unfortunately, most of those players were either seniors playing their last season in a Tech uniform, or underclassmen who decided to leave for various reasons and now need to be replaced. Here’s what the damage looks like:

Players leaving who contributed in 2013

TE Jace Amaro (NFL draft)

OLB Terrance Bullitt (graduation)

DE Dartwan Bush (graduation)

ILB Blake Dees (left team)

P Ryan Erxleben (graduation)

CB Ola Falemi (graduation)

IR/RB Sadale Foster (graduation)

DL Kerry Hyder (graduation)

S Tanner Jacobson (left team)

CB Bruce Jones (graduation)

CB Derrick Mays (graduation)

QB Baker Mayfield (left team)

S Tre Porter (graduation)

ILB Will Smith (graduation)

Eric Ward (graduation)

Dennell Wesley (graduation)

It may not look like much at first glance, but that list represents a lot of production from the 2013 squad. Here’s how the numbers break down from a percentages standpoint:

Players leaving represent…

28 percent of the offense’s total rushing yards.

45 percent of the offense’s total passing yards.

46 percent of the defense’s sacks.

48 percent of the offense’s total receiving yards.

54 percent of the defense’s total tackles.

65 percent of the offense’s total touchdowns.

To put it succinctly, the offense should be in decent shape for 2014, but the defense loses a lot of production. Time for young guys and role players to step up.

Tags: Baker Mayfield Big 12 Eric Ward Jace Amaro Kerry Hyder Le'Raven Clark Texas Tech Football Texas Tech Red Raiders

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