March 19, 2007

Spring Preview: The Secondary

OUTGOING PLAYER: Antonio Huffman

2006 SEASON STATS: 75 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 pass break ups

MOST DIFFICULT QUALITY TO REPLACE: Toughness and leadership

THE STARTERS: Darcel McBath (FS), Joe Garcia (SS), Chris Parker (CB), Jamar Wall (CB)

THE COMPETITORS: Daniel Charbonnet (FS), Steven Harris (FS), Anthony Hines (SS), Franklin Mitchem (SS), DeShon Sanders (CB), Brent Nickerson (CB), LaRon Moore (CB), Marcus Bunton (CB)

THE OUTLOOK: Inasmuch as Texas Tech's front seven is unsettled because of departures, the secondary, by virtue of its experience and stability, will be called upon to lead the defense in 2007. Three starters return and there are numerous talented candidates to fill the lone vacancy at cornerback. If guys like Ra'jon Henley, Brandon Williams, and Jake Ratliff can generate any semblance of a pass rush next season, 2007 will be a banner year for Red Raider pass defense.

Let us begin at safety where two potential all stars lurk. Free safety is owned by Darcel McBath who led the team in interceptions last season with three. He is a very solid cover guy and a sound tackler who plays with some fire. McBath is also one of the fastest players on the team.

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