Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Revolving Door: Texas Tech
By ESPN.com staff
Here, we'll take a look at a couple of key players going, staying and coming for each team in the Big 12.
Brandon Sharpe, DE
The Red Raiders will miss Sharpe's playmaking off the edge, and must replace a first-team All-Big 12 team member. The senior racked up a single-season school record 15 sacks to rank second in the Big 12 and had four in Texas Tech's 31-10 win over Nebraska. Even more impressive was his numbers coming in his only season as starter after transferring to Texas Tech from Fresno City (Calif.) College.
Brandon Carter, OL
A three-year starter, Carter earned All-Big 12 honors in each season. As a senior, he finished on the first team. Although perhaps best known for his face paint, Carter was one of the league's best linemen for the majority of his career.
Taylor Potts/Steven Sheffield, QBs
Probably the league's most interesting quarterback battle, Sticks vs. Potts will be back again this fall with a new coach and a sped-up offense. The pair's spring battle only lasted a couple weeks after Sheffield broke the same foot from last season and Potts suffered a deep cut on his throwing hand. Both required surgery. Sheffield outperformed Potts near the end of the season and in the final spring scrimmage before the injury, but with so much time off, anything could happen in the fall. The fans want Sheffield. We won't find out who coach Tommy Tuberville wants until the fall.
Baron Batch, RB
Batch's consistency has given Texas Tech a reliable option at running back for the past two seasons, topping 750 yards in both and averaging almost 6 yards per carry during that span. In an offense that will run the ball more than the Red Raiders are used to, he has a great chance to top 1,000 yards as a senior. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention last season, and if he hits the quadruple digits, he'll move way up in that line.
Jackson Richards, DE
Richards might not be able to fill Sharpe's hole right away, but he could be a contributor for Texas Tech at the end spot. The Red Raiders snatched the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder over LSU, Kansas State and Colorado. The Southlake (Tex.) Carroll alum was ranked as the No. 34 defensive end prospect in the country.
Shawn Corker, WR
Texas Tech has a lot of depth at receiver, but in the Air Raid offense, there's always room for one more. If Corker proves he can handle it, he'll get on the field. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native has solid speed with a 4.45 40 time and chose the Red Raiders over Miami and Florida, among others. ESPNU ranked him as the No. 47 receiver in the 2010 class.
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