Texas Tech Preview - Defense

Defensively, the Texas Tech Red Raiders implement a similar scheme to that of Kansas and when the two teams meet Saturday morning and Memorial Stadium, it'll be up to the Jayhawks to combat Tech's speed with power and strength.

Defensively, the Texas Tech Red Raiders implement a similar scheme to that of Kansas and when the two teams meet Saturday morning and Memorial Stadium, it'll be up to the Jayhawks to combat Tech's speed with power and strength.

As far as scheme goes, the Red Raiders use a hybrid 3-4, though they will move the backers up to the line in a similar way to how the Jayhawks use the BUCK position. The defense is aided by a quick defensive line that has helped the unit to holding teams to an average of only 13.2 points per game.

On the defensive line, Tech will play three down linemen on most plays. Senior nose tackle Dennell Wesley (6-1 310) anchors the group with sophomore defensive tackle Branden Jackson (6-4 240) and senior defensive end Kerry Hyder (6-2 280) flanking him.

The four backers are unique in that Tech likes to use them in different ways. The middle of the unit is made up of junior MIKE linebacker Sam Eguavoen (6-1 220) and senior WILL linebacker Will Smith (6-3 220). Smith is the team's leading tackler with 26 stops on the season through four games.On the outside, the Red Raiders refer to those positions as the "BANDIT" and "RAIDER." Sophomore Pete Robertson (6-3 225) and junior Terrance Bullitt (6-3 220) make up those spots.

The secondary is experienced and fast. Senior free safety Tre' Porter (6-0 205) leads the unit, joined by sophomore strong safety J.J. Gaines (5-10 180). Porter is the defense's second leading tackler with 25. Two seniors in Bruce Jones (5-7 180) and Olaoluwa Falemi (5-9 160) make up the cornerbacks.

The unit as a whole has surprised and impressed early on and is actually the primary reason along with a relatively easy schedule for Texas Tech's 4-0 start. But, if the Red Raiders can get this kind of production from their defense, that record will only get better and will contribute to a very successful first season under head coach Kliff Kingsbury.


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