The Texas Tech football team is in the midst of the January grind where the weight room is the epicenter of the program. That's where the gains are massive but the attention is minimal for Joey McGuire's team.
Soon, though, the spring football season will arrive and Tech will have a massive influx of talent coming into the program. That means that the following returnees could be battling for their jobs this spring.
Texas Tech has brought in plenty of WR competition for Jordan Brown
There was no question that the wide receiver position was a weakness for Texas Tech last season. That's why no one shed a tear when the Red Raiders saw starters such as Jerand Bradley and Myles Price find new homes via the transfer portal. That just opened up spots for new talent to arrive and that's what has happened.
One player who will have to fight off some new faces for playing time is Jordan Brown, the former Kansas transfer who turned heads last offseason in spring practice and fall camp but who didn't wow during the season.
Brown saw action in 10 games in 2023 but caught only 22 passes for 256 yards and a TD. That was surprisingly low production from a player who the coaching staff touted as a dominant player in the offseason practices and scrimmages.
Now, Brown will be in a battle for reps. Tech has added the likes of Josh Kelly from Washington State, who nearly had 1,000 yards receiving last year, former 4-star signee Caleb Douglas, a transfer from Florida, and Micah Hudson, the first 5-star high school signee in program history.
At times this season, you could blame the QB play for some of the receivers struggles. Still, Brown was unable to emerge as a reliable target in a season when Tech was desperate for someone to step forward. Now, it is fair to wonder if he'll be left behind as a wave of new wide receiver talent hits the shores in Lubbock.