Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Kenny Williams (34) carries the ball during the 2013 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Top 25 Players: No. 9

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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.

No. 9: football player Kenny Williams

At Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Texas yesterday, Red Raider senior Kenny Williams asked that he be referred to as a “football player” and not just a running back or linebacker, his new position.

The new title fits well because Williams, a three-year letterman at Tech, will be all over the field this year. Not only was he Tech’s leading rusher and the conference’s best special teams player last year, but he also threw two touchdown passes on trick plays. This year, though, he’ll add a completely new element to his game as the starting Raider linebacker.

The move was Williams’ idea, saying he wants to do whatever he can to help his team win football games. Shoring up a thin spot on defense certainly helps, but this move also frees up guys like DeAndre Washington and Quinton White (also on this top 25 list) for more carries in the offense.

However, this doesn’t mean we won’t see No. 34 running the ball at all this year. Yesterday he noted that there will be some “special packages” where he’ll tote the rock in short yardage sets.

All-in-all, Kenny Williams is this team’s most veteran leader and he’ll be vital to Texas Tech’s success wherever he lines up.

No. 10: defensive tackle Rika Levi

No. 11: center Jared Kaster

No. 12: defensive back Keenon Ward

No. 13: kicker Kramer Fyfe

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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