Spring Game: Three Things to Watch For

Senior Writer for RaiderPower.com
Posted Apr 19, 2013


Justin Laney breaks down what three things people should watch for in the Texas Tech spring game at Jones AT&T Stadium at 1 p.m.

There’s no question that the 2013 is quite possibly the most anticipated spring game in Texas Tech football program history, as well as what might be a record crowd for the event.

 

With the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury, the fan base has seemingly been pieced back together and embraced King Kliff’s motto “Ride Together.”

 

As we patiently await the 2013 spring game, here are three things to watch out for on Saturday afternoon.

 

1.    Offensive Line

 

The offensive line has been an obvious flaw in the Texas Tech offense over the past couple of seasons and Coach K and his offensive staff have quite the task of working around it and keep the offense moving at their type of pace, as well as protect their Quarterback in the process.

 

Newcomer former Defensive Tackle J.J. Lollar has evidently switched to offensive line to provide some much needed help in that department, so look for that this Saturday.

 

The O-Line is the most important position on that side of the ball and is likely going to be a crucial factor in how smooth this offense is going to run this Fall.

 

2.    Quarterback Play, Offensive Pace

 

It is going to be very interesting to see what kind of progress Kingsbury and Co. have made with this offense in just 15 spring practices.

 

As mentioned above, the offensive line will be crucial in how this offense moves and it might struggle a little bit at times as any new offense would.

 

However, Kingsbury has been fortunate enough to have a mobile QB in his past two seasons, with Case Keenum at Houston and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel at ‘that other school” both utilizing their ability to create plays with their feet, as well as keeping plays alive.

 

The good news for Coach Kingsbury is that both Quarterbacks Michael Brewer and Freshman Davis Webb both obtain this particular skillset.

 

Most Red Raiders who have not seen Davis Webb in action will be pleasantly surprised, as he looks like he will be the first Red Raider QB drafted in quite some time.

 

Be patient with the offense, as it might look a little off, but this will be a machine once everyone gets on the same page.

 

3.    Defensive Backs

 

Obviously the secondary has been a big concern over the past few season here in Lubbock, TX, but new Corners coach and former Texas Tech Safety Coach Kevin Curtis believes he has some talent among this bunch.

 

Bruce Jones and La’Darius Newbold are both guys Coach Curtis thinks can come in right away and contribute some big things to this defense, as Jones is going to be looked to as a leader in that secondary.

 

He’s got a lot of confidence,” Kingsbury said. “He’s not the biggest guy, but he’ll take chances, which we like. He’s aggressive out there, puts his nose in the run game. There’s a lot of things we like about him.”

 

Jones is a Senior who transferred from Riverside CC (CA) and will definitely be a guy to watch for on Saturday in how he leads that defense, as well as utilizing his abilities in the newly installed offense.

 

Texas Tech finished at the bottom of the conference a year ago in red zone defense, but finished first in overall pass defense (192 ypg) and the defensive coaching staff looks to build on that success in Kliff Kingsbury’s inaugural season as head coach of the Red Raiders.

 

The 2013 Spring Game is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest.

 



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