Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Justis Nelson (31) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona State Sun Devils receiver Cameron Smith (6) during the 2013 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 37-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Spring Depth Chart Holes Could be Filled in Fall Camp


Yesterday we looked at the two-deep for spring practice. Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of the weaker positions on the current depth chart and whether or not some 2014 signees arriving in the summer can insert themselves into the picture.

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.

First up, the position with the most obvious need is nose tackle. No 2014 recruit commanded more attention and excitement than junior college transfer Rika Levi, all 379 lbs of him. He’ll be in contention for the starting nose guard spot immediately, and likely won’t have much competition outside fellow 2014 signee Marcus Smith.

Next, we shift into the defensive secondary and look at cornerback. With the youngest players on the entire spring two-deep, cornerback is likely to be a hotbed of competition in the fall once four-star recruit Nigel Bethel makes it to Lubbock.

If there’s a time and place for a young cornerback to come in and play immediately, it’s Texas Tech in 2014. Sophomore Justis Nelson is the only returning corner with starting experience, and it came late last year. Expect Bethel to make a push to crack the two-deep in fall camp.

Finally, it will be interesting to watch the battle at both offensive tackle spots in the fall. Tech returns both starters from last season, including All-Big 12 left tackle Le-Raven Clark. But junior college transfer Dominique Robertson, who was told by the coaches he’d have a shot at right tackle, could wind up taking the starting job away from Clark.

If he does, will Clark move to right tackle over senior Rashad Fortenberry, who started every game last year? Will he move back to guard, where he was an All-Conference Freshman teamer in 2012? We’ll just have to wait and see. At least this year there’s the potential for competition on the line.

What other holes do you see in the spring two-deep? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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