Dec 28, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders kicker Ryan Bustin (48) makes a field goal against the Minnesota Golden Gophers as Ryan Erxleben (26) holds during the fourth quarter of the Care Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Football Top 25 Players: No. 14

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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.

Kickers don’t usually get put this high on a preseason list for any college team, but senior kicker Ryan Bustin will likely be a huge point producer in the Red Raiders 2014 offense.

The veteran kicker out of Kilgore, Texas has been a steady part of Texas Tech’s point production over the last two years. In 2012, Bustin tied the all time Texas Tech record for field goals made in a season (17) and was named All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention).

Last year, Bustin was again named All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention) and was a Lou Groza award national semifinalist (given to the nations best kicker) after making 23 of 27 field goals attempted on the year.

Bustin is currently the NCAA leader for field goal attempts per game at 1.6 and holds the school record for most points scored in a season by a kicker at 121 (2013).

Its safe to say that Bustin has been a constant in point production over the past two years and he may very well be one of the most important offensive pieces in Kingsbury’s 2014 offense. Although Bustin doesn’t have an exceptionally strong leg, he is very sure footed when it comes to field goals within 45 yards and is automatic at the extra point line (111-114 career in field goals for a 97.4% accuracy.)

With all the offensive firepower the Red Raiders will have this upcoming fall, Bustin will be one that will fly under the radar but will likely be one of the most productive players on the team.

No. 14: kicker Ryan Bustin

No. 15: cornerback La’Darius Newbold

No. 16: offensive guard Trey Keenan

No. 17: linebacker V.J. Fehoko

No. 18: fullback/running back Rodney Hall

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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