Intriguing Texas Tech football players who have opportunities in spring football

These Texas Tech football players are worth keeping an eye on as the program continues its spring practice sessions.

Texas Tech's Mike Dingle attends football practice, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at the Sports Performance
Texas Tech's Mike Dingle attends football practice, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at the Sports Performance / Annie Rice/Avalanche-Journal / USA TODAY
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Maurice Rodriques could earn a job as Texas Tech's starting left tackle

A major overhaul of the Red Raider offensive line is underway this spring. In fact, there is no starter from 2023 expected to start in the same spot next season.

Caleb Rogers is the only starter who will be returning and he's expected to move from right tackle to center. Thus, the program will need two new tackles to emerge as starters and one intriguing candidate is Maurice Rodirques.

The California native is a JUCO transfer from Saddleback Junior College. In addition to Tech, he had offers from such schools as Florida, Georgia, UCLA, and USC.

Rodriques is massive at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds. That gives him the prototypical size to play tackle in the Big 12.

However, he is also rather raw as a player as he's never been in a FBS program before. That's why this spring will be crucial for him as he not only learns his new scheme but also refines his technique.

Other candidates to start at tackle include Middle Tennessee State transfer Sterling Porcher, junior Ty Buchanan, and maybe redshirt freshman Kaden Carr. However, Rodriques has the most upside of any of them and the coaching staff would love for him to seize one of the tackle spots this spring.

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