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What to watch: Texas Tech spring game

4/18/2013

Four Big 12 teams will kick off their spring games this weekend. We'll be offering up a preview of each throughout the day.

Texas Tech

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. ET

What you need to know:

  • It will be televised live by Texas Tech TV on Fox and around the region on Fox Sports Southwest.

  • Admission is free.

  • Excitement surrounding Kliff Kingsbury's arrival means Tech is expecting record crowds.

  • The scoring system will be offense-defense based. There won't be two separate teams.

What to watch:

  • The design of the offense. Kingsbury isn't laying out exactly what Tech's offense will look like, but his plan was to get more acquainted with his personnel and what it can do early on in spring and shape his offense around that. He's not handing the QB job to Michael Brewer yet, and Davis Webb is making the competition a little interesting, but what exactly the offense looks like will be even more interesting. You can expect it to be spread out and likely pass-heavy, but how many opportunities will Brewer have to run it and how quickly will the offense move? Kingsbury will be calling plays for the offense.

  • The design of the defense. Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt had a similar plan for the defense. Assess the personnel and design the defense around what it does best. The frequencies of four-man fronts and three-man fronts is still up for discussion and may change throughout next season, too, depending on how well it works. Tech has solid talent on both sides of the ball, but how the defense plays and what it looks like will be intriguing.

  • The young receivers. Dominique Wheeler and Reginald Davis were both ESPN 150 signees a year ago and redshirted. Tech's receiving corps is deep and solid, but Wheeler and Davis have been turning heads all spring, and I'm psyched to see them in action. This year, they'll likely just be providing depth barring injury with Eric Ward and Jace Amaro being featured in the passing game, but Saturday might change those expectations in a big way.