July 18, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #12 Richard Jones

A huge number of factors go into the success of any football team. In this series, we will be examining 25 of them. More specifically, we will be taking a reverse-order look at the 25 players who will be most crucial if the Texas Tech Red Raiders are to have a successful 2007 season, however that may be defined.

This is not, however, a list of the best players on the team. Rather, this series takes into consideration the importance of a given position on the team, depth issues, experience and inexperience, and the historic strengths and weaknesses of Mike Leach's program. The results, therefore, may surprise many readers, and will hopefully spur spirited discussion and debate.

RICHARD JONES: Mike Leach and his staff brought in three highly-touted freshmen defensive tackles a year ago, and arguably the most ballyhooed of the bunch was LaMarque's Richard Jones. With the lion's share of the snaps going to veterans Dek Bake, Ken Scott and Chris Hudler, Jones' prospects for seeing any action were minimal, but he did avoid a redshirt season, played in 10 games, recorded six tackles and a sack.

There's nothing wrong with that, but 2007 demands so much more from the six-foot-one, 295-pound sophomore. He goes from merely gaining division one experience to being the clear starter at defensive tackle next to fellow sophomore Ra'jon Henley.

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