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Texas Tech position series: Led by All-America candidate, offensive line a strength for pass-heavy Red Raiders
Tech’s offensive line should be a big strength for a team that throws the ball like the Red Raiders do, writes Tommy Magelssen of the Dallas Morning News.
Contenders: Alfredo Morales (Jr.); Trey Keenan (So.); James Polk (Sr.); Baylen Brown (So.); Shaquille Davis (Jr., Mount An Antonio, Calif.); Robert Casteneda (Fr., Round Rock); Josh Outlaw (Fr., redshirt); Emiliano Renteria (So.); Joey White (Jr.).
Projected starters: LG Alfredo Morales, RG Baylen Brown
Stranglehold on positions from 1-10: 4, 6
Analysis: Brown is listed as the backup right guard behind Keenan on the spring depth chart, but that battle should be one of the best of the off-season. Brown started the final three games of the season at left guard and has about 30 pounds on Keenan, making him our favorite to win the job this summer. However, if Morales goes down or doesn’t perform, expect Brown to rotate over and Keenan provide a solid replacement option. (Though Le’Raven Clark could be forced to move over from tackle.) Morales is probably the biggest question mark on the line.
Keep an eye on: Polk. The once three-star recruit has played sparingly for the Red Raiders and never quite laid claim to a consistent starting spot. With guys like White and Outlaw likely trying to push up the depth chart, Polk could either rise up and replace Morales or disappear altogether.
Despite a record-setting freshman season and an exceptional spring campaign that left no doubt he’d be the starter this year, Davis Webb still has doubters and critics.
How the Big 12 Teams Rank Heading Into 2014 at the Quarterback Position
(Projected starter in parentheses)
Baylor Bears (Bryce Petty, senior)
Kansas State Wildcats (Jake Waters, senior)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Davis Webb, sophomore)
Oklahoma Sooners (Trevor Knight, redshirt sophomore)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (J.W. Walsh, junior)
Texas Longhorns (David Ash, redshirt junior)
TCU Horned Frogs (Matt Joeckel, graduated, 1 year of eligibility)
Iowa State Cyclones (Grant Rohach, sophomore)
West Virginia Mountaineers (Clint Trickett, senior)
Kansas Jayhawks (Montell Cozart, sophomore)