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Under the radar: Texas Tech Red Raiders

6/26/2012

Time for the next team in our series examining one player on each Big 12 school who will enter 2012 with a profile that doesn't quite match his worth.

In other words, they're coming in under the radar. Click here for more players under the radar.

Next up: the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Under the radar: Linebacker Terrance Bullitt

Bullitt, an All-Name teamer among All-Name teamers, played strong safety last season in Chad Glasgow's 4-2-5, but did so close to the line of scrimmage.

Now, he's moving to linebacker, and it's a great move that fits exactly what's needed for Big 12 defenses. Bullitt has good size, and is putting some weight on his 206-pound frame. Texas Tech's defense struggled last season, but Bullitt showed a penchant to make big plays, and he just may be the most talented player on the Red Raiders' defense this year.

He made 56 tackles (fourth-most on the team) and made 9.5 tackles for loss, 11th most in the Big 12.. He broke up four passes, forced a fumble and also blocked a kick. He earned just honorable mention from the coaches on last year's All-Big 12 team, and didn't receive any recognition from the media, but that may change in 2012. Tech's defense under Art Kaufman this year needs playmakers to emerge.

Bullitt, a versatile, experienced defender with two years of experience on the field, fits the bill as the most likely to become one of the league's breakout playmakers.