Five Texas Tech football players who will battle for their job in spring practice

As Texas Tech heads into the spring, these five Red Raiders will have to battle for their jobs in spring football.
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Texas Tech has brought in a high-profile transfer to compete with TE Mason Tharp

Texas Tech fans have been longing for more productivity from the tight end position. That's not going to change this year now that Arizona State transfer Jalin Conyers has been added to the mix via the transfer portal.

During his career, the Gruver, Texas native has racked up 846 yards receiving and 6 TD catches in four seasons. While that's not Jace Amaro territory, it is a step up from what any TE on the Red Raider roster has done as a collegiate.

That's why a player such as Mason Tharp could see his role diminish in 2024. Tharp has to prove in spring football that he is finally ready to break out and be the type of weapon that his 6-foot-9 frame suggests he could be.

Nagging injuries have slowed Tharp throughout his career and he missed five games in 2023. On the contrary, Conyers has missed only one game over the past two years, though.

Many think that the Arizona State transfer has an NFL future and he didn't come to Lubbock to sit behind Tharp. Again, both could see the field this year but Tharp has to prove in spring practice that it is finally the time when he will become a true weapon in the passing game because that's what Conyers is expected to be.