Texas Tech football players set to take a big jump in 2024

These Texas Tech football players could see a big up-tick in their productivity in 2024.

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DB Brenden Jordan will be a key defensive component as a sophomore

One area where Texas Tech suffered significant losses was in the secondary. That's where four starters, including safeties Dadrion Taylor-Demerson and Tyler Owens, exhausted their eligibility.

That leaves room for sophomore Brenden Jordan to step into a key role in his second season as a Red Raider. If what he showed in 2023 is any indication, he's ready to be the next excellent defensive back on the south plains.

A former four-star prospect according to 247Sports, he was rated as one of the top 100 players in Texas in the class of 2023. However, no one expected him to play as much as he did last year.

Nagging injuries to Taylor-Demerson and Owens often forced Jordan into early playing time last season. As a result, he logged 20 tackles on the season with 16 being of the solo variety.

What's more, when Jordan was the last line of defense, the Red Raiders usually maintained a quality secondary with only the occasional mistake from the freshman. Now, after a full offseason in the program's weight room and learning the nuances of his position, Jordan could go from a good stop-gap option to being a difference-maker.

Over the past 15 years, Tech has had quality safety play from players such as Jah'Shawn Johnson, Cody Davis, Keenon Ward, Vaughnte Dorsey, and Douglas Coleman. Now, there's the belief that Jordan could be the next excellent player in line to patrol the back of the Red Raider secondary and in 2024, he should see his productivity rise dramatically as a full-time player.