A Closer Look at the Red Raiders

Baylor (4-1) and Texas Tech (2-2) are set to face off in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl this Saturday at 11:00 AM. While Art Briles and the Bears are coming off their most lopsided conference win in Baylor history, the Red Raiders are looking to right the ship after dropping their first two conference games. Here we take a closer look at Tech and what they are bringing to the shootout in Dallas.

QB: Senior Taylor Potts has started all 4 games for the Red Raiders thus far. He has thrown for 13 TD's and just 3 interceptions. Last week against Iowa State, Potts rallied the Tech offense from an early 24 point deficit to down only one touchdown with a little over 2 minutes remaining. Potts has the experience to lead the Red Raiders down the field quickly and can change the momentum of a game in an instant. While some Tech fans worried the pass-happy offense they've grown to love would disappear, that has yet to happen; Potts threw 62 passes against Iowa State. Backup Steven Sheffield has seen limited action this season, but Coach Tommy Tuberville has said he'd like to get Sheffield on the field more. Last week, Sheffield came in and carried the ball once for a 2 yard gain but didn't have a passing attempt.

RB: Senior Baron Batch is the Red Raiders leading rusher this season. Last week Batch rushed for a season high 61 yards on 12 carries and also caught 6 passes out of the backfield for 52 yards. Joining batch in the backfield is sophomore Eric Stephens, who had 59 yards on 10 carries against Iowa State. Coach Tuberville was pleased with their rushing attack last week which averaged over 5 yards per carry for the first time this season.

WR: Potts' favorite target this season is senior Lyle Leong. Last week Leong had 125 yards on 9 catches, 3 of which were touchdowns to go along with his previous 6 touchdown grabs this season. His 9 TD's on the year put him tied for the most in the country. Another receiving threat is senior Detron Lewis who has 19 catches this season. However, Lewis had two fumbles last week, including one that led to Iowa State's go-ahead score in the 3rd quarter. Also watch out for Jacoby Franks, who has 18 catches on the year.

O-Line: The Tech offensive line has 5 big guys that all weigh over 300 pounds. Junior LG Lonnie Edwards is the only returning full-time starter from last season. Tuberville said that last week was the unit's best, not allowing a sack and opening enough holes for Tech to gain over 130 yards on the ground and another 377 through the air.

D-Line: Tech's front four are coming off a week they'd like to forget, giving up 251 yards on the ground, including 2 runs of 60+ yards. Linebacker-turned-lineman Brian Duncan had 9 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, and a sack against Iowa State. Duncan is quick and is second in the nation with 6 sacks this season. Senior DT Cody Whitlock also accounted for 9 tackles last week, including one for a loss, and one QB hurry.

LB: Senior Bront Bird is the Red Raiders' best linebacker. Bird is the team's leading tackler with 29 on the season, including 3.5 for a loss. Senior Julius Howard had 7 tackles and 2 QB hurries last week. Tyrone Sonier has also stepped in and contributed. Sonier can play any of the linebacker positions and has one sack and has forced a fumble this year.

DB: Redshirt freshman Jarvis Phillips is tied for the NCAA lead with 4 interceptions so far this season, including one he ran back for an 87 yard TD. Sophomore safety Cody Davis, who was a Freshman All-American last season, has 23 tackles and has broken up multiple passes this season. Sophomore D.J. Johnson has one pick to go along with 18 tackles on the year. The secondary will be looking to regroup after Iowa State scored 4 touchdowns through the air against them last week.

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