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 added a ton of defensive tackles to compete with Quincy Ledet Jr.

When the season ended, it was assumed that Quincy Ledet Jr. would be a starter at defensive tackle in 2024 with both Jaylon Hutchings and Tony Bradford Jr. departing due to graduation. However, that's because he was about all this team had left on the roster at his position.

In 13 games this year, he was credited with 20 tackles in 13 games. That was a nice showing considering that he saw limited snaps behind the starters.

However, this year, Tech has added two potential starters via the transfer portal meaning Ledet will have to fight for his job this offseason.

The first is James Hansen, a 307-pound transfer from Nevada. Over the last two seasons, he had 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

The second is Rice transfer De'Braylon Carroll. The Duncanville, Texas native appeared in 42 games as an Owl with 21 starts along the defensive line totaling 101 tackles over his four seasons (39 solo), including 19.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks.

Any of these three tackles could start for the Red Raiders next fall. What's more, Sophomore Trevon McAlpine is highly-regarded within the program and he could have a say in the rotation as well.

So just because Ledet is the most familiar name from this group, don't assume that he's going to be handed a starting job. Rather, he, like the rest of the players on this list, is going to have to earn everything that comes his way next season and that process will start in spring football.