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Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders players pose with the championship trophy 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 Football Spring Practice Depth Chart

 

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders players pose with the championship trophy 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

If the 2014 college football season started tomorrow, the Red Raiders would have a two-deep made up of equal parts experience and brand new faces.

Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal has been breaking down each position individually and looking at the depth behind the spring starters. This is by no means set in stone, but rather how the coaches plan to distribute the practice reps for the next month.

Position
Spring Starter
Backup
QuarterbackDavis Webb, Soph.Tanner Tausch, Fr.
Running BackKenny Williams, Sr. / DeAndre Washington, Jr.Quinton White, Soph.
X-ReceiverDevin Lauderdale, Soph.D.J. Polite-Bray, Soph.
Y-ReceiverBradley Marquez, Sr.Dylan Cantrell, Soph.
H-ReceiverJakeem Grant, Jr.Jordan Davis, Sr.
Z-ReceiverReginald Davis, Soph.The field
Left TackleLe'Raven Clark, Jr.Trey Keenan, Soph.
Left GaurdAlfredo Morales, Jr.Baylen Brown, Soph.
CenterTony Morales, Jr.Baylen Brown, Soph.
Right GaurdJames Polk, Sr.Josh Outlaw, Fr.
Right TackleRashad Fortenberry, Sr.Poet Thomas, Fr.
Defensive EndBranden Jackson, Jr.Zach Barnes, Soph.
Nose GaurdAnthony Smith, Soph.Donte Phillips, Soph.
Defensive TackleDemetrius Alston, Jr.Jackson Richards, Sr.
Bandit LBPete Robertson, Jr.Zach Winbush, Sr.
Mike LBMicah Awe, Jr.V.J. Fehoko, Sr.
Will LBSam Eguavoen, Sr.Malik Jenkins, Soph.
Raider LBDorian Crawford, Sr.Collin Bowen, Fr.
Field CBJustis Nelson, Soph.Dee Paul, Soph.
Strong SafetyJosh Keys, Jr.Jalen Barnes, Fr.
Free SafetyKeenon Ward, Soph.John White, Jr.
Boundary CBThierry Nguema, Soph.Tyler Middleton, Jr.

It’s encouraging to see so many young players cracking the two-deep, especially as backups to more experienced players. What you don’t want to see is a young guy backed up by a host of juniors and seniors, because that usually says more about the older backups than the young starter.

The extreme youth and inexperience at cornerback is somewhat concerning. The fact that Justis Nelson is by far the most experienced (three starts) of the four sophomores that make up the two-deep at both positions isn’t confidence-instilling. Coach Curtis has his work cut out for him.

Some prominent starters from last season, namely center Jared Kaster and safety J.J. Gaines, are recovering from injuries and won’t be participating fully in spring practice. That explains their rather conspicuous absence, seeing as both are the assumed starters at center and strong safety.

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