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