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Bill Jones, CBSDFW
7th Round – #251:
KERRY HYDER, DT, TEXAS TECH
41 career starts for the 6-2, 290 pounder with 33 ½ inch arms…2nd team All Big 12 selection who totaled 117 tackles, 25.5 for loss, and 7.5 sacks from an interior line position the last two years…Austin LBJ product ran an impressive 4.33 shuttle and 7.23 cone drill.
George Watson, Lubbock A-J
Just 11 games remain between now and the end of the regular season. Of those 11 games, nine will be played in the Big 12 Conference, where the Red Raiders sit in fourth place at 8-7, three games behind first-place Oklahoma State and two games behind second-place TCU.
The Red Raiders are also just 31/2 games ahead of eighth-place Baylor, so there’s plenty of room to jockey for position in the last month of the season.
Brandon Chatmon, ESPN.com
Receiver Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
Pre-spring role: Grant was a playmaker for Texas Tech during his sophomore season, but the Red Raiders are searching for a even bigger impact from the junior in 2014.
What he did this spring: Grant looks ready to handle being the focus of an opposing defense. His speed and quickness are a handful, but he’s starting to develop into a legitimate receiving threat as opposed to a change-of-pace kind of offensive weapon.
What his role could be this fall: Grant, if he continues developing, could become one of the Big 12’s top receivers and the centerpiece of the Red Raiders’ offense, replacing Jace Amaro as a matchup nightmare for Big 12 defenses.
Quotable: “He made some big plays last year, but really had a big spring for us. He’s developed on and off the field and, academically, he’s much improved. On the field, his consistency as a receiver and his work ethic is night and day from last year.” – Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.