Texas Tech Red Raiders Another year arrives in Lubbock and there are once again high hopes for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. After an outstanding start to last season, the Red Raiders faltered towards the end. A dominating loss to the Michigan State Spartans was not a great way to begin a new year. All the talk this off season was about the 63-28 loss at the end of the season, but one thing naysayers fail to mention is the outstanding recruiting class the Red Raiders had. The Red Raider offense will be guided by QB Clayton Nicholas once again. After a successful RS Freshman year, Nicholas has developed the tools to continue his success. The southpaw threw for 30+ touchdowns last year while fighting through injuries. His moxie is what has impressed the coaches. The Red Raiders will have a mixed bag at halfback, with true freshman Rashad Givens getting the starting nod after his impressive fall camp. For a change of pace, Kenny Williams will come in at times to give the offense that spark. The Wide Receiving corps is completed loaded with young talent after the starting two. Juniors Dominic Wheeler and Derek Edwards will lead a group that has 3 true freshman in the mix for the slot wideout. One thing is for certain, the Red Raiders are excited about 6'8" Sophomore Keon Scales. Scales has great hands and a knack for getting open. Nothing will happen on offense if the big guys up front can't block. Led by Senior James Polk, the Red Raider offensive line has one key attribute across the board. Their size combined with the time they put in the weight room has given this offense a real fighting chance this year. The Texas Tech defense is a young group that will need to find time to grow together. Other than Defensive tackle and outside linebacker, the Red Raiders will have several Freshman and Sophomores starting. All American candidate CB La'Darius Newbold will lead a secondary group. With Newbold containing one side of the field, cornerback RS FR Trey Edwards should see plenty of action. Tech's coaching staff is excited about the safeties Sam Hamilton and Tyson Stanley. Both were highly recruited athletes and should fit nicely in the Red Raider defensive scheme. Along the front 7 there are big question marks, especially at the middle linebacker position. That is where highly touted Freshman Travis Lewis will start due to his great spring. Lewis graduated high school early just to get a jump on the competition. Travis should get some direction from Pete Robertson and Justin Cooper. Both the OLBs are seniors this year and Robertson has huge big game experience. The front four is led by All American DT Branden Jackson. Last year Jackson was the leading sacker for the Red Raiders. This past offseason also saw Coach Bob sign a 4 year contract extension. Now we just got to get the 2015 campaign started! Guns up!