Texas Tech Football: 3 biggest transfers to watch during the spring

Sep 23, 2023; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Josh Kelly (3)
Sep 23, 2023; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Josh Kelly (3) / James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Davion Carter

The south endzone is not the only major construction project the football program is going through. The offensive line needs just as much work. Caleb Rogers is entering his super senior season and is the only starter returning on the line. Fortunately, one of the first players Tech landed from the portal was former Memphis Tiger Davion Carter.

While the Red Raiders landed other offensive linemen through the portal such as Vinny Sciury and Sterling Porcher, Carter brings the most firepower to one of the starting guard spots. Pro Football Focus graded him the fifth best offensive guard in 2023. He was also an American Athletic Conference second all-team selection and a major key in the Tigers' offense last year. They went 9-3 and won the Liberty Bowl.

With one year of eligibility left, Carter decided to head to Lubbock shortly after entering the portal. With how impressive his 2023 season was, the optimism surrounding Carter is sky high. It is not often a college lands an offensive lineman via transfer with a pedigree this great, much less Texas Tech. New offensive line coach Clay McGuire will have a key new piece to work with this spring as they look to improve this offensive line.

The run blocking helped Tahj Brooks, although he has the ability to break tackles on his own, but pass blocking needs to be improved heading into 2024. The Red Raiders suffered injuries to their two best quarterbacks, leading to only a 6-6 finish. If Carter shows even a small sample of what he brought to Memphis this spring, he will have some heads turning.