What we want to see in this weekend's Texas Tech football Spring Game

With the Texas Tech Spring Game set to take place on Saturday, here is what we will be looking for as the Red Raiders take the field for the final time until fall camp.
Texas Tech's head coach Joey McGuire walks along the sidelines during the Independence Bowl game
Texas Tech's head coach Joey McGuire walks along the sidelines during the Independence Bowl game / Annie Rice/Avalanche-Journal / USA TODAY
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Texas Tech needs to see something from the backup running backs

We all know that Brooks will be the focal point of Tech's ground game this season. After all, he ran for 1,538 yards and 10 TDs last season despite the fact that every opponent knew that Tech was going to hammer the ball on the ground.

This year, though, there is no desire for Brooks to run the ball 290 times like he did a season ago. That's just asking too much of any running back in the modern age of football.

Thus, a backup option has to emerge for the Red Raiders and on Saturday, with Brooks being held out of action, there will be chances for someone to take the backup job by the horns. Fortunately, there are a couple of decent options.

Is this the year that junior Cam'Ron Valdez finally becomes a consistent option for Tech? Thus far, he's shown flashes be being explosive but he's never proved to be a player the coaching staff has fully trusted with a regular workload.

Also, keep an eye on freshman Cameron Dickey, a 5-10, 220-pound true freshman from Austin. He has turned heads in the spring and many think he's the next starting running back for Tech once Brooks graduates.

The spring game is just another scrimmage but it is the only opportunity we have until August 31 to see the newest version of the Texas Tech football program in action. Hopefully, some of our questions about this roster will be answered to a certain degree and we will leave Saturday feeling optimistic about where this team is headed as the summer arrives.