Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders players celebrate after a touchdown by running back Rodney Hall (40) during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Football Top 25 Players: No. 18

We continue our series looking at the most important players projected to suit up for Texas Tech this season. This is not a list of the most talented players, but rather a breakdown of which guys stand to make the most impact either by their presence or absence.

No. 19: Fullback/Running Back Rodney Hall

This may come as a surprise to many to see a full back/big running back as a top 25 most important player on a Kliff Kingsbury coached Texas Tech squad, but Hall will be more important to the 2014 team than many would think.

The senior fullback from Angleton, Texas may not have an impressive (or even average) stat book, but he came on as an important part of Kingsbury’s scheme in the second half of last season.

With Tech looking to establish a more potent running game in 2014, Hall may very well be an important piece towards more rushing yards and defenses respecting the rushing attack of the Red Raiders.

The 5-foot-10, 245-pound big man is an established blocker and can open up lanes for every down backs like DeAndre Washington, Kenny Williams and Quinton White.

Last year, he caught his first career reception on a quick out route for the first touchdown of the 2013 Holiday Bowl. If Hall can carry on what he started late in the season last year, he can both put up good production numbers himself and help those around him by being a physical back and great run blocker.

If Tech wants to bring in a more physical rushing attack, it starts with Hall providing a hard hitting and tough nosed attitude to the offense and I think he will do just that.

No. 19: receiver D.J. Polite-Bray

 No. 20: running back DeAndre Washington

No. 21: receiver Dylan Cantrell

No. 22: cornerback Justis Nelson

No. 23: safety Jalen Barnes

No. 24: linebacker Micah Awe

No. 25: running back Quinton White Jr.


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